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Runline Odds for Baseball Explained

What do you get when you combine a baseball point spread with a baseball moneyline? It’s called the runline, a unique form of baseball betting that can be profitable for sports bettors who have done their homework on stats, trends and pitching performances.

While MLB moneyline and totals betting remain the wagering options of choice for many sports bettors, runline betting continues to grow in popularity, and offers a layer of complexity to the MLB betting experience, particularly late in the season when a wealth of individual player and team stats and betting trends are available for analysis.

A runline bet is a 1.5-point spread attached to a baseball game. While a team may be a heavy favorite on the moneyline, that team will own much reduced odds when pegged as a 1.5-run runline favorite.

Conversely, teams that are listed as underdogs on the moneyline will see their odds boosted on the runline, with underdogs sometimes even emerging as runline favorites.

The Runline vs the Moneyline

In this example, New York is listed as a strong -200 moneyline favorite, meaning a bet on New York to win, by any margin, will cost $200 to win $100, while a $100 bet on Boston to win outright will pay $170.

Boston +170

New York -200

However, in an MLB runline bet on the same hypothetical game, the Yankees are slim +110 underdogs to win by 1.5 or more runs, while Boston is a -140 favorite to not lose by more than one run.

Boston +1.5 -140

New York -1.5 +110

This means that a $100 runline bet on the Yankees would win $110, while it would cost $140 to win $100 on a bet on Boston to not lose by more than one run.

A Dramatic Difference in Odds

The dramatic difference in odds and payouts may be attractive to sports bettors who have studied recent matchups between the two clubs, using the OddsShark Team Reports and MLB Database, as well as the stats splits and recent perfomances of pitchers using the OddsShark Pitcher Logs and Pitcher Money Won/Lost analysis.