Most bettors are familiar with the concept of a point spread in the NFL. Each score on offense is a minimum of three or a maximum of seven. Therefore, offering odds on whether a team can cover a certain amount of points is more enticing - and, in some cases, more lucrative - than simply to win.
Major League Baseball is different. Every score counts for one run, making the moneyline a more traditional aspect of betting on baseball. However, there is spread sportsbook betting in baseball. It's called the runline.
An MLB runline is a 1.5-point spread in baseball. The favorite has to win by two or more runs in order to cover the -1.5 spread. Conversely, the underdog can lose by up to one run to beat the +1.5 spread.
Here's an example of how a runline looks in sportsbooks:
Luis Perdomo (R)
Dustin May (R)
Notice the money, AKA juice attached to the runline? That's where things get tricky. First, runlines never change, just the juice attached. For that reason, there may be situations where a team covering -1.5 runs has underdog juice. In this situation, the spread favors the Padres losing, but the juice supports losing by less than 1.5 runs.
In runline betting, the general rule is both pitchers must throw their team’s first pitch, or the wager constitutes "No Action".
For example, if Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers versus a less-talented squad like the Philadelphia Phillies, even if they're on the road, L.A. may be the favorite. However, if Kershaw were to miss his start, that changes how the game could unfold. Pitchers matter too much in baseball to roll the dice with any starter.
Unlike the runline, moneyline wagers allow bettors to decide if they'll apply this rule - known as listing pitchers.
Sportsbook operators can use bookie software to take away the “No Action”.
Check out a few exciting runline tidbits that bettors and bookies should know:
Speaking of the right team, the best way to start finding value is through the run differential, which you can find with a little bit of stat digging. Here are some teams that bettors and bookies should keep an eye on.
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