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Baseball Runlines

Runlines are a baseball bet that creates a point spread for a baseball game opposed to the traditional moneyline bets offered.

The way they work is that the favorite would now be laying -1.5 runs and pay a plus number if they are to cover the spread and win by 2 runs or more. An example of a favorite runline would be:

Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs -1.5 +140

As you can see, when you lay a run and a half you are paid at underdog odds because the oddsmaker believes that this result (winning by 2 or more) is less likely to happen than not.

An underdog runline would look like this:

Cincinnati Reds +1.5 -160
Chicago Cubs

The underdog now "getting" a run and a half makes them the favorite to cover this spread. As you can see, the importance of a team getting or laying one run is huge as almost 20% of all major league baseball outcomes land within one run.

There are also alternative runlines where the book makes the favorite an underdog and the underdog the favorite, kind of like a pleaser bet in football. In an alternative runline bet the Reds would be -1.5 +240. The Cubs would be +1.5 -300.

Last but not least, some online sports bookies offer runlines of 2.5. These are really pricey as their easier to beat. An example of a 2.5 runline using the above listed game would be the Reds getting 2.5 at -285 and the Cubs laying -2.5 runs and getting +225 back on the payout.

While we're kind of a fan of laying the chalk and getting 2.5 runs it's not recommended unless you really know what your doing. One loss and you can find yourself in a 3 unit hole that is not easy to crawl out of, even for a professional handicapping. Three units can be a setback that can literally take 2 weeks or more to get back to the break even point, even for the most astute of handicappers.

Related: Baseball Moneylines.

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Moneylines - The most common of baseball bets. Beautiful too, as they create a situation where you can win less than 50% of your bets and profit by betting underdogs!

Totals - The easiest wager to beat in all of sports betting. There's a reason why sportsbooks have lower limits on over/under bets!

Runlines - A wager that creates a point spread where a team is either -1.5 runs or +1.5 runs. Underdog run lines are a great bet for game in which you predict a slim margin. Favorite moneylines pay well and are great bets for potential blowouts.

Alternative Runlines - Turn a favorite into a +2.5 underdog! Turn an underdog into a -2.5 run favorite. You better know what you're doing before betting these lines or your bankroll will resemble the action of a craps table.

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