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ASTROS vs ATHLETICS - MLB Betting Odds & Lines

Overview

The 2023 MLB betting season is here, and we offer a brief yet comprehensive breakdown of what is available at BetUS Sportsbook.

Let’s start with the biggest bet of them all, who wins the 2023 World Series. The MLB odds currently list the Houston Astros as the favorites to win it all at +650 to repeat as champions. The Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to win their second World Series in the last five seasons.

The New York Yankees are second in the MLB odds to win the World Series in 2023 at +750. If they can remain healthy, the Yankees will make the playoffs and are always a danger of making a postseason run.

Meanwhile. the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and San Diego Padres are all tied for third with MLB odds of +850 to hoist the hardware.

Moving on to the MLB odds to win the pennant in each league, the Astros (+250) lead the Yankees (+350) and Toronto Blue Jays (+900) to win the AL.

The National League is more of a toss-up with the Mets, Dodgers, Braves, and Padres each +400 to represent the NL in the World Series.

In the hunt for the NL MVP, the San Diego Padres’ Juan Soto is the early favorite at +550, with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. second at +750.

Soto is one of the heaviest hitters in the league and is still only 24. 2023 is the third season in a row that Soto is the preseason favorite but has yet to win the award.

Regarding the AL MVP race, Shohei Ohtani is heavily favored to win at +200 over his teammate Mike Trout at +600. Aaron Judge is also +600 on the MLB odds board to win back-to-back MVPs.

It would be easier for Judge to earn consecutive MVP nods if he breaks another significant MLB record after hitting 62 home runs in 2022.

The AL Cy Young Award race is far murkier with seven players with odds between +600 and +1000. Ohtani is among them and one of the only players in the world capable of winning the Cy Young and MVP in the same season. Gerrit Cole ranks second at +700, while Alek Manoah and Dylan Cease are +900.

If the MLB odds are correct, the NL Cy Young race will also be tight with no clear favorite. Sandy Alcantara is +550, Corbin Burnes is +600, and last year’s AL Cy Young, Justin Verlander, is +1000.

There are some intriguing dark horse candidates in the American League, including Logan Webb (+2000), Brandon Woodruff (+1800), and Max Fried (+1200).

The odds above will be moving all season long, so keep an eye on the MLB lines at BetUS for daily updates and up-to-the-minute odds moves.

How to Bet on the MLB Games

Baseball is the most exciting sport to bet on, as teams usually have between two to four-game series against their opponents throughout the baseball season.

Some cases can have a team sweeping all the games in the series or splitting the games in a series.

So with baseball games having the chance of giving a different outcome from one day to the next with the same opponent, gamblers have to study many things besides just the MLB odds.

Gamblers looking to bet on MLB games need to look at more than just the MLB lines, MLB odds, and MLB spreads if they want to find some teams that can help them get a winning bet.

MLB odds work closely to an NFL game, except the MLB spreads are based on runs, known as the run spread, instead of points like in the NFL.

There are three main options for gamblers to bet on MLB games that we will go over.

MLB Run Spread

In baseball, point spreads actually are called runlines, this essentially gives the underdog a slight head start before the game even begins, and puts pressure on the favored team to cover the spread.

The line will be set by our oddsmakers, and they will determine how many points they think the favored team will win by. They might set a line at -5.5/+5.5. Let’s say the Yankees are -5.5, they are the favored team, and the Diamondbacks are +5.5 and they are the underdog.

What this means is that the Yankees will need to win the game by more than 6 runs. If you decide to place that -5.5 bet, you aren’t betting on the Yankees to win by any margin – you are betting on them to win by more than six.

If you think the game will be closer than that, or that the Diamondbacks will win, you should bet on the underdog +5.5. This means that the Diamondbacks can either win the game outright by any amount or lose by less than five runs.

The MLB spreads are usually adjusted based on which players are starting and out for the game.

The most significant thing you should look at is the bullpen and which players are available in each bullpen, along with the batting stats of players from both teams.

Bullpen players have a history of being either the pitcher that helps hold the lead or blows their team’s lead. Looking at a relief pitcher’s ERA can help with seeing if they are more prone to blow a lead or not.

Looking at the offensive bench players and their history against opposing pitchers would be something else that can help find out if one team can have a secret edge that has gotten overlooked.

Ensuring that a team can cover the run spread is essential to a winning wager, and if a bullpen has a history of giving up too many runs late in the game, your team might not cover.

MLB Moneyline

The moneyline is a straight-up bet on which team will be the winner. MLB odds for moneyline bets give the favorite negative odds, while the underdog gets plus odds.

With most MLB games being competitive, the moneyline odds can be a chance for gamblers to get better returns over making a run spread bet.

The same strategies that gamblers use on MLB spreads can be used here, as the gambler only needs an outright win.

Over/Under on Run Total

The last type of MLB odds to look at is how many total runs will be scored in a game.

The odds will be based on a total number of runs, with gamblers choosing to wager if the total runs will be over or under the number given.

For these types of wagers, gamblers will need to look at both the pitching and batting of both teams.

While the MLB odds are based on what oddsmakers think will be the total number of runs scored, they come to that number by looking at the average number of runs both teams score in a game.

Gamblers should look at what batters for both teams are on hot or cold streaks, along with the ERA of the starting pitchers and the bullpen pitchers.

These players will all be a part of and can be a factor in how many runs are scored.

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MLB Faqs

BetUS has all the MLB games available to bet on along with prop bets. BetUS also allows for the use of cryptocurrency to place your MLB bets.
On the sportsbook part of the BetUS site, click on BASEBALL. From there, scroll down to the game or games that you want to bet on. After clicking on the game(s) you want to bet on, you will see all the odds and different types of betting options available for the game(s). You can then click on which game(s) you want to wager money on.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series for the start of the MLB season.
MLB odds work the same as football odds. When looking at the odds numbers, you will see either a plus or minus sign. There is also the abbreviation EV; this means even odds. Teams with plus odds are the underdog while teams with negative odds are the favorite; if the game is a toss-up, there will be even odds for both teams.
You will get even money for every $100 bet with EV odds, so even odds will get you $200 on a $200 wager. You will get the amount shown for every $100 bet with plus odds, so +300 will get you $300 on a $100 wager. Negative odds show how much you have to wager to win $100, so -500 odds mean you need to wager $500 to win $100.

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Rolling If Bets (RIF) allow you to use the balance (amount) from existing wagers to make a new wager. As long as existing wagers have not been graded, the amount wagered can still be used to make new wagers. However, if your original wager loses, the Rolling If Bet is then cancelled. There are two options for ties (pushes); you can specify if you want the Rolling If Bet to continue in case of a tie or simply cancel the RIF.

Rolling If Bets are:
  • only allowed on straight bets, Parlays and Teasers.
  • not available with Free Plays or Futures and Props
  • only available if you have pre existing, non graded wagers
  • you can only use the funds from the amount of the pre existing wager
How to Place a Rolling If Bet:
  • Choose any straight, parlay or teaser and Place it on the Bet Slip
  • Click on the Rolling If Bet button next to the wager detail
  • In the RIF dropdown, choose a wager that you want to use for RIF
  • Click on "If Win Only" or "If Win or Push" (explained above)
  • Fill in the amount and confirm your wager (the system will not allow you a higher amount than what is available)
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Rolling If Bets (RIF) allow you to use the balance (amount) from existing wagers to make a new wager. As long as existing wagers have not been graded, the amount wagered can still be used to make new wagers. However, if your original wager loses, the Rolling If Bet is then cancelled. There are two options for ties (pushes); you can specify if you want the Rolling If Bet to continue in case of a tie or simply cancel the RIF.

Rolling If Bets are:
  • only allowed on straight bets, Parlays and Teasers.
  • not available with Free Plays or Futures and Props
  • only available if you have pre existing, non graded wagers
  • you can only use the funds from the amount of the pre existing wager
How to Place a Rolling If Bet:
  • Choose any straight, parlay or teaser and Place it on the Bet Slip
  • Click on the Rolling If Bet button next to the wager detail
  • In the RIF dropdown, choose a wager that you want to use for RIF
  • Click on "If Win Only" or "If Win or Push" (explained above)
  • Fill in the amount and confirm your wager (the system will not allow you a higher amount than what is available)
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