Baseball wagers are extremely popular among professional bettors because they offer one of the best ways to make a quick buck. Baseball is one of the easiest sports to handicap. Many games are decided by just a run or two. You don't have to worry too much about the spread, like you do on football or basketball.
Luck goes either way. It may be a deciding factor in the outcome of any single baseball game. It can inevitably go against you on occasion, but it will balance out in the long run. Here are some useful baseball wagering tips to make you a more consistent winner:
Consider wagering on the underdogs, particularly on money lines. This means you are risking less to win more. Surely this is the soundest investment advice – get more for your money's worth!
Even the best Major League Baseball teams lose about 60 games a year. The worst teams can win close to 60 games too. In fact, the Chicago Cubs lost 58 times in their 2016 world championship run. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins won only 59 games that same season. The rest of the league fell somewhere in between.
Wagering on underdogs coupled with a sound bankroll management system can be a potent mix to beat the odds maker.
Streaks cut both ways. Odds makers usually put a higher price on consistently winning teams. So try to avoid teams with -150 and higher lines. This means you'll have to wager $150 to win just $100.
On the other hand, consistently losing teams can go for a good price of +200 or higher, which means you'll only need to wager $100 to win $200.
With each team playing a hundred plus games, baseball has the longest season in all of sports. So cool it early, avoid betting early in the season. Just keep an eye on how each team is performing. Look at how your pre-season favorite is doing or check if a big name acquisition is jelling well with his new team.
You can handicap games to see how your picks do but don't open that bank roll just yet. Developing your own handicapping strategy early can serve you well for baseball's long season.
You should approach every wager like an investment, so do your due diligence! Check the conditions at the ball park – does your favorite play well at a particular park or play worse at another? Is your favorite team's pitcher on his A game? Or was he battered the last time around and may not be as effective.
Also, check for player availability. A key player maybe out because of injury or suspension or may not be on top of his game because of off-field issues.
Winning baseball wagers is all about skill. You have to gather and analyze as much information as you can about a game, weigh the probabilities of each team winning, and subsequently compare your judgement to the odds maker's.
Just by flipping a coin, you can be right 50% of the time. At odds of 10/11, only 52.4% of your bets have to win for you to overcome the bookmaker's vig and break even. You only need a very small edge to become a winner.
Winning 55% of your baseball wagers is definitely achievable, and 60-65% is a realistic target. At those levels, you will have an extremely profitable and enjoyable hobby.