Major League Baseball is something that’s considered to be the great pastime of many people — like the entire United States, for example. You don’t have to just sit down and watch baseball to get the excitement of the game. You can even take it a bit further and actually bet on the game you love.
Now, at this point, you might be thinking that baseball betting is far too complicated to understand, let alone actually go through with. However, this just isn’t the case at all. You can actually have a nice little side hobby with baseball betting, as long as you understand one key concept: MLB Baseball Betting Lines.
In a nutshell, this is the most straightforward way to place bets for baseball. It breaks down into two components: negative money lines and positive money lines. When it comes to two teams, there will usually be one negative money line and one positive line. The negative money is given to the team that is the most favored to actually win, while the positive one is given to the team that is considered the immediate underdog. Any fan of baseball knows that underdogs do actually win more often than not, and their victories are the stuff that legends are made of.
On a more serious note, you might wonder which one you should actually bet on. Negative money lines mean that you will have to make that bet size in order to clear $100 profit. If you have the favorite team with a money line of -132, you will need to put up $132 to have a chance at winning $100 in profits, for a total payout of $232.
Positive money lines work the same way, except in “reverse”. This means that if you see a team with a positive money line of +132, it would mean that your $100 bet would yield $132 in profit, giving you the $232 that way.
Are there exceptions to the rule? Sure there are, and these are situations where both teams are listed as negative money lines. The team that has the smallest negative is usually the underdog, which means that you can still spot the favorite and non-favorite teams at a glance.
Overall, this is just one way to add a little more excitement to the fast paced world of MLB baseball. Now you understand a little more about betting lines, why not place a few bets of your own?