Winning a game in a professional sports league of any kind can be difficult for even the best teams. Very few teams have gone through a season undefeated (only NFL Teams) and even then, not every win is as easy as teams hoped they would be - even the margin of victory is sometimes too close for comfort. Unfortunately for bettors, teams don’t care how they win or by how many runs, goals or points, as long as they win the game. Baseball is no different and the betting options on a baseball game are limited to a certain extent. Sure, there are a bunch of prop bets that you can wager on, but prop bets usually burn your bankroll. The popular ways to bet on baseball include the money line, the total or something called the runline.
What Is the Runline in Baseball?
When you hear the term “runline” being discussed it is referring to an alternative but popular way of betting on baseball. A runline is the combination of both the money line and point spread for any one particular baseball game. The standard runline is set at 1.5 runs, with the odd 2.0 mixed in once in a while. This means that if you bet the favorite team on the runline, they would have to win by two or more runs in order to cash your ticket. If you bet the underdog on the runline, an outright win or a loss by one run would be enough for you to win your bet.
How Does the Runline Work?
The runline will almost always stay at 1.5, with the 2.0 or 2.5 lines reserved for the biggest mismatches - think 2016 Chicago Cubs versus the last place San Diego Padres. The problem with the runline is that despite betting on the favorite and avoiding the massive -220 price tag, the runline is often time priced at even-money or worse. Baseball is the kind of sport where teams tend to score runs in bunches and a win by more than two runs is very common. If you are an underdog bettor, it is not all that uncommon for the underdog to offer a return well under even money.
Example of the Runline
If the Toronto Blue Jays were hosting the Boston Red Sox, the moneyline would probably look something like this:
Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of two bickering friends, both of whom have a completely different side of story? If you have, I’m sorry, but the right or wrong, fact or fiction details of the problem is usually a grey area and it’s up to you to figure out who to believe. In sports betting, there are two sides to every game and it’s very easy to determine who the favorite and underdogs is. Generally speaking, favorites and underdogs are separated by a few things like the rosters, current form or home/road splits. In some cases, underdogs can reach “longshot” status over a number of different things.
What Does Long Shot Mean?
When you hear someone using the term “longshot” they are talking about an underdog that is facing a very difficult challenge and is very unlikely to actually win the game. A long shot can also be used when describing an individual athlete such as an Olympic sprinter going up against Usain Bolt - they have very little chance of coming out on top. However, the most common use for the term long shot is in horse racing. Any horse that goes off at anything over 15/1 odds would be considered a long shot.
Betting Long Shots
Long shots are the most attractive and temping bet in the sports betting industry amongst amateur bettors. The reason why is quite simple too – longshots offer extremely high potential payouts without having to risk the same amount as you would while betting favorites. The possibility to triple or quadruple your bet amount with one bet are scenarios bettors dream of. Betting long shots isn’t a terrible thing if you are able to cash in a few times a week. Although, in order to be successful, you need to be weary of a few things.
Long Shot Betting Tips
Wagering on a long shot can be dangerous for a few different reasons. First off, teams, individual athletes or horses are listed as long shots for a reason – they are very unlikely to win. If they were any good, or had the best chance to win the game, they would likely be favorite.