How to bet on MLB

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How does MLB betting work?

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a good place to start for baseball betting. Its global popularity stems from the fact the league has the world’s best teams boasting superstar-led rosters.

For example, the Toronto Blue Jays are loaded with young guns including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk, and Alek Manoah, all of whom featured in the 2022 MLB All-Star game.

MLB betting also comes with a wealth of opportunities to place bets, seeing as the season stretches from late March until early October, after which the MLB playoffs and World Series get underway.

During the regular season, 30 teams play 162 games each, adding up to a grand total of 2,430 games each season before the playoffs even begin. Sunday Night Baseball is arguably the most popular game to bet on a weekly basis.

There are several different games played every night, and betting on MLB can add to your excitement of following the world’s best baseball league.

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What odds can you get on MLB?

There are many different baseball odds and markets available for MLB. The most common include betting on the moneyline, total or over/under, run line, prop bets, and futures bets. Moneyline, total, and run line bets focus on an outcome relating to the final score of the game, while prop and futures bets offer odds on in-game and future events that are more frequently related to players as opposed to teams.

Another popular form of baseball betting is live in-game betting. Most bets must be locked in by a game’s start time, but live in-game bets can be placed throughout the game. For example, if a team is down by a couple of runs and starts to get runners on base, it may be smart to place a live in-game bet on them coming back to win outright.

You can learn more about the odds available for MLB betting.

MLB betting tips

Shop around for the best odds

Finding the best odds is just as important as deciding what to bet on. BET.CA provides the latest MLB odds from reviewed and approved sportsbooks so that you can always find the best value from a sportsbook you can trust.

Be aware of injuries and trends

Injuries are a mainstay in baseball. Hitting streaks are also very volatile, meaning a player can ride a hot month at the plate only to go ice cold over the next few weeks. Knowing who’s hot and who’s not can go a long way toward making the best baseball bets.

Check the matchups

Taking a look at how a lineup does against a certain pitcher can go a long way in determining the value behind your wager. Does the team hit this pitcher particularly well, or does the pitcher seem to have a low ERA against the lineup? Finding this information out prior to placing your bet is vital.

You can also use tools such as Statmuse to track how a certain pitcher fares against a pitcher, and vice versa, as well as Baseball Savant and FanGraphs for help with analyzing matchups.

Check the ballpark

Each MLB team has a different ballpark with a variety of dimensions, which could help your bets when placing an over/under wager. Colorado's thin air provides opportunity for hitters to score runs, as does Chicago's windy Wrigley field. Checking out whether a ballpark is a hitter or pitcher's park can help place a smart wager.

If you want to go even deeper, you even check who is umpiring the game, which often proves important for the playoffs and over/under markets.

MLB games today

As previously mentioned, 30 teams play a combined total of 2,430 games during the MLB regular season. There are very few off days during this time, meaning MLB baseball is on TV almost every day from late March to early October.

Keeping up with all of these games can be difficult, which is why BET.CA provides live MLB scores, as well as the latest results, upcoming matches, and current odds from the best sportsbooks for baseball betting.

Checking the upcoming MLB matches and looking ahead is key to success in baseball betting. Knowing the best MLB games to bet on can help you identify the best available MLB betting markets on any given day throughout the regular season and beyond.

You can also see recent MLB results, live scores, and upcoming games with BET.CA.

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MLB key information

📅 Year founded:


🔢 Number of teams:


🏆 Most championships:

New York Yankees (27)

🥇 Current champions:

Atlanta Braves

Championship series:

World Series

👑 Current MVP:

AL: Shohei Ohtani, NL: Bryce Harper

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