There are any number of ways to bet on MLB games. Straight-up bets on a game’s moneyline odds along with the OVER/UNDER on the set total line probably account for the majority of the action that online sportsbooks such as MyBookie, Intertops and America’s Bookie take in on the game. Betting the run line with a 1.5-run spread and adjusted moneyline is another popular bet with avid MLB fans.
One of the highest-value ways to bet on the games is on all the various odds released for daily MLB props. A few examples of the different game props offered for MLB games include:
- Team With Highest Scoring Inning - Team Scoring First Wins Game - 1 st Inning Winner - First Team to Score - Last Team to Score
By carefully studying past results along with current team form, you can usually uncover one or two game prop that offer quite a bit of value in the posted odds. It also pays to shop around between online sportsbooks for a different variety of betting odds.
Some books specialize in offering a wide variety of MLB prop bet options covering the game itself as well as certain team props and individual player props. It is more than feasible to build your entire MLB betting strategy around just focusing your attention on daily props. They can also be used as hedge in conjunction with any moneyline or total line game bets.
First Team to Score
The odds for this prop have a built-in edge for the road team since it will have the first at-bats. An example of this would be as follows:
Los Angeles Dodgers -215 Arizona Diamondbacks +175
It is easy to see why the Dodgers are such a heavy favorite to draw first blood in this NL West tilt. They lead the National League in scoring with 5.4 runs per game and, as far as current form, they are pounding out an average of 6.5 runs over their last 11 games while going 10-1. This is an excellent combination of past performance and current form.
The lone caveat to this prop is the high risk verse reward in the -215 betting odds. The Diamondbacks are ranked third in the NL in scoring with 5.2 runs per game, so you might want to roll the dice with a small wager that that Arizona can get on the board first in this one.
Team With Highest Scoring Inning
This is another great prop for betting the best hitting teams in the Majors. Power lineups tend to score runs in bunches when it is playing at top form. A possible play in this one could be Colorado as a heavy +203 road underdog against the Chicago Cubs as -220 home favorites with Kyle Hendricks on the mound.
You can get plus money on the Rockies in this prop as follows:
Colorado Rockies +160 Chicago Cubs -180
The Rockies have won their last eight games coming off this past weekend’s three-game sweep against Toronto at home. During this winning streak, Colorado has averaged seven runs a game. It scored a total of 24 runs in back-to-back victories against Arizona and Toronto to close out the month of May. Overall, this lineup is second to the Dodgers in scoring this season with 317 total runs through 58 games. The Cubs were swept on the road by St. Louis over the weekend while scoring a grand total of six runs in three games.
There is always going to be a certain amount of guess work betting MLB game props, but if you combine past performance with recent form, you will get a higher level of predictability for a team’s potential in an upcoming game.