At first glance betting a baseball runline may appear to be a bargain, but before you slide head first and start putting your money on these types of wagers, you need to know the facts behind these special plays.
Basics of Baseball Wagering:
Baseball offers two types of wagering opportunities: 1) straight moneylines & 2) runlines. Baseball runlines are really a combination of a moneyline and a 1.5 run pointspread added to the wager. For a runline wager to win, a favorite must win the game by at least two runs. If the team wins by less than two runs, the wager loses. Underdogs, on the other hand, get an additional +1.5 runs and would win the wager if they win the game outright or lose by less than two runs.
By adding the 1.5 run pointspread to the wager, the amount of money you have to lay on favorites is reduced. For example, a game with a standard moneyline favorite of (-260) would generally have a corresponding runline of (-1.5 runs / -140). The payouts for runline underdogs are likewise reduced because of the +1.5 run added advantage. Runlines are most useful for games with very high moneyline favorites, but before you make a runline play, you...