Sportsbooks across the spectrum are continuously offering a wider variety of betting options, and that is certainly true when it comes to baseball and proposition bets.
Not only can hardball bettors get down on which teams will win the divisions and the leagues and the World Series, but they can also partake of individual player statistical props, and player vs. player match-ups, in categories like hits, RBI, wins and the like.
With that in mind, here's a sampling of 2013 baseball player prop betting offerings found while perusing some of the major sportsbooks.
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Giancarlo Stanton, who's been left to fend for himself in Miami, is the favorite to lead the Majors in home runs this season, at odds of 6/1. Jose Bautista of Toronto, who will likely hit behind newcomer Melky Cabrera and ahead of Edwin Encarnacion this season, is getting 8/1 to be this year's home run king.
And American League triple Crown Sportsbook Miguel Cabrera, his Detroit teammate Prince Fielder and the Angels' Albert Pujols are all listed at 10/1 on the “most home runs” prop board.
The Dodgers' Matt Kemp, hoping to bounce back after an injury-plagued 2012 season, is getting 12/1 to lead the Majors in homers, while another Angel, Mike Trout, is listed at 15/1.
Adam Dunn of the White Sox, new Angel Josh Hamilton, comeback candidate Ryan Howard, Cincy's Jay Bruce, Hebrew Hammer Ryan Braun and LA Angel Mike Trumbo are all being offered at 20/1 to hit the most dingers this season. And Encarnacion, batting behind Bautista for the Jays, is getting 25/1 on the “most homers” board.
In some player vs. player betting match-ups Trout is listed at -5.5 hits over Washington's Bryce Harper; Pujols is handicapped at -2.5 RBI over San Francisco MVP Buster Posey; Encarnacion is listed at -1.5 home runs over Milwaukee's Corey Hart; and Boston's Dustin Pedroia is favored over Cincy's Brandon Phillips by 7.5 runs scored.
Elsewhere on the season-long props board the OVER/UNDER on the most home runs hit by any one player sits at 44.5; the O/U on the most wins recorded by any one pitcher sits at 21; the O/U on the most RBI tallied by any one hitter stands at 133.5; the O/U on the most base hits by any one player sits at 212.5; and the O/U on the most saves recorded by any one closer is offered at 48.