Less than one month ago, we did not know if we would get a full baseball season or even a season at all. MLB sports betting this year was not certain. As the Players Union and the Owners argued back and forth in a labor dispute, I couldn’t help but think back to my father. Baseball was his first true love. He used to love showing me his old baseball cards from the Golden Era of baseball, the 1950’s.
You may find this hard to believe, but the backs of these cards would occasionally list what the players did during the off-season for a second job. Most players didn’t make enough from baseball alone and took jobs in the off-season. Some players took jobs like cleaning fish or working in a steel factory in order to provide for their families. Fast forward 60 years…can you imagine seeing your team’s first baseman waiting tables at your local diner on a winter night?!?
My Loyalty Starts & Ends with My Bankroll
While the economics of baseball have certainly changed, nothing compares to spending an afternoon in the stands watching the Boys of Summer play nine. While my father was a die hard Yankees fan, you know by now that my loyalty starts and ends with my bankroll, when it comes to sports betting. Betting baseball, and doing it successfully, is the very definition of a grind. Betting baseball is the longest season grind of any sport and requires a lot of patience and discipline. We will no doubt face hot and cold runs throughout the year, but keep in mind, I have only had one non-winning MLB season in the last ten years.
The Importance of the “Dime Line.”
The most important tip I can give to any baseball sports bettor is to make sure you are using a book that offers a “dime line.” This means that if the Yankees are playing the Red Sox and the line is even, it will be Yankees -105 and Red Sox -105. If the Yankees are a -130 favorite then the Red Sox will be +120. Having multiple outs in which to play is so important. Always line shop. Getting a few cents better odds on one play might not seem like much, but over the full 162 game season, it really adds up. For the most part, I generally will not lay big favorites. It is very rare that I ever lay more than -180 on a single baseball game. Historically, I have never relied much on a team’s home field advantage.
Line Shop for the Best Number
I do bet lots of over/under totals throughout the season. The three of the biggest factors when considering a total bet are: 1.) Starting pitcher matchup 2.) Weather and 3.) The plate umpire. In certain venues, like Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, the wind has a huge effect on the number. I have seen totals go from 8.5 (-110) to 7 (-120) based on the projected wind at game time. Always remember the key numbers when betting MLB totals. I cannot stress enough how important 7 runs and 9 runs are when playing a total. I will choose to lay OVER 8.5 (-125) before I take the OVER 9 (-105). It is worth laying an extra 20 cents to get the win over a push, based on the number of games that land 5-4 or 6-3. Again, line shop the best you can and always find the best number available.
Get Ready for Another Winning Season
Last year’s winning season for KrackWins in the MLB was capped off by our 30-1 future winner on Shohei Ohtani for MVP. We will be sending a number of future bets out before the season’s first pitch, so be ready to pounce. The KrackWins team will be working around the clock to find advantages each and every day. Stay the course and keep your discipline and we will have another winning year at the end of the season. My favorite grind starts now, Let’s Play Ball!