For many Major League Baseball bettors, over/under wagers are actually the preferred option. While money line or run line bets may force the bettor to lay a steep price on a favorite, a total wager in baseball isnt much different from a point spread bet in football or basketball. The bettor must take several aspects of a game into account before deciding on which side to choose for an MLB totals wager.
On average, a typical MLB team will score 8 to 9 runs per game. Most totals will hover around these numbers. On the low end, over/unders can range from 6.5 to 7 runs. At the high extreme, totals can range from 11 or 12 runs.
Ballpark Venue a Primay Aspect to Setting Wagers
The bookmaker will look at a few basic concepts before setting a total for each game. The ballpark where the game will be played is arguably the most important factor. While football fields and basketball courts have standard dimensions, each of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums is a little different from the next. Some of the ballparks are viewed as being favorable to the hitter. In these type of stadiums, the fences can be closer to home plate than most other ballparks.
In another aspect that can lead to a stadium being labeled as a hitters ballpark, the ball will carry better than average in the air. A classic hitters ballpark is Bostons Fenway Park. This historic stadium is famous for its Green Monster wall down the left field line. While this stretch of wall is the highest of any wall in the majors, it is far closer to home plate than usual. At Fenway Park, routine fly balls in most stadiums can easily turn into extra base hits due to the short dimensions in left field.
A couple of other hitters parks are Cincinnatis Great American Ballpark and Philadelphias Citizens Bank Park. The ball carries well at these stadiums. Also, each of these ballparks have favorable dimensions for the batter. Continue reading “Introduction to MLB Over/Under Wagering”