MLB betting odds are different from those other sports because there is no point spread involved. MLB odds are based on a money line.
All your team has to do is to win for you to collect. MLB betting odds make it so you don’t have any pointspread to worry about. You may have to lay a higher price but all you have to worry about is the win.
If you like the Yankees over the Royals you’ll just have to win the game. It might be -250, meaning you have to put up $250 dollars to win $100, but all you have to worry about is winning the game.
A big advantage to MLB betting odds for many players is the streak factor. In basketball the Mavericks might run off 10 wins in a row but only be 5-5 against the spread because they are laying double digits every night. In baseball if your team wins 10 in a row you win every single time against the MLB betting odds. It is just a matter of putting up more money to win on the MLB betting odds board.
Sportsbooks don’t like putting up MLB betting odds because they just don’t get the volume of action that football or basketball provide. Another reason that books hate baseball is that wise guys continue to play even though the public may take the summer off. That does not make for good two way action on MLB odds. Remember that example with the Yankees and Royals? If you like Kansas City you would get anywhere from +190 to +210 back on your $100 bet in MLB betting odds if the Royals won.
A couple more areas of MLB betting odds are run lines and totals. Run lines are where the team you are betting is either laying a run and a half or getting a run and a half. The advantage to this is that in the case of our MLB odds example earlier you probably only have to lay $140 to win $100 dollars laying the 1.5 runs on the Yankees instead of the $250 dollars to win $100. Totals on the MLB betting odds board have become more popular over the years. Totals in MLB odds are the total runs scored by both teams in the game. Totals are usually based on a 20 cent line in MLB betting odds.
Those are the basic options you will see as you consider MLB betting odds this season.