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Top MLB Betting Tips

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the premier baseball league in the world. A total of 30 teams - 29 in the United States and one in Canada - compete in MLB.

The teams are divided into the American League (14 teams) and the National League (16 teams). Each league is further subdivided into three divisions, namely East, Central, and West.

An MLB season starts with Spring training with a series of practices and exhibition games. The regular season begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the first Sunday in October. During the course of the regular season, each MLB team plays a total of 162 games. The teams' schedule is typically arranged into 3-game series, with occasional 2 or 4-game series.

Only 10 teams qualify for the Postseason - six division champions and four "wild-card" teams (two teams in each league with the best record but are not division champions).

MLB betting can be tricky, with numerous games being played everyday. Here are a few MLB betting tips to consider before making a pick.

1 Don't be a 'chalk player'

In betting terms, a 'chalk player' is someone who usually bets on the favored teams. While underdogs offer great value in baseball betting, favorites offer good value too - if you know what to look for.

Consider that in MLB, even the top teams lose more than 70 games a season. This puts more value in betting on underdogs in baseball matchups than in any other sport.

At the end of the 2011 MLB season, the Philadelphia Phillies had the best win-loss record at 102 - 60. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros owned the worst win-loss record at 56 - 106.

Just by looking at the standings, we can conclude that breaking even on betting on underdog MLB teams requires a lower percentage of wins than betting on the favorite.

2 Don't bite the pitch

A pitcher is widely considered as the single most important player on the diamond. While starting pitching is important, it would be best not to rely solely on the starting pitcher as the basis for making a bet.

It is said that most of the pitchers are fairly equal once you get past the top 20 in each league. Considering that, watch out for these angles when weighing how a pitcher will perform.

Use a ranking system to two compare the two starting pitchers. Even the official MLB website ranks the pitchers, so be sure to check it out. If the pitcher for the underdog team ranks higher than the pitcher of the favorite team, there's definitely value on the underdog.

Also, consider how the pitcher fares against the opposing team as some pitchers play well against certain team.

Also check how a pitcher performs at home and on the road. If he performs well at home and the next game is at home, there may be added value there.

3 Watch the bullpen

The rigors of a long season takes its toll on all the players, even pitchers. That's why it is equally important to consider bullpen pitching.

Knowing how the bullpen performs against certain teams goes a long way especially when the starting pitcher starts to fade.

It may be smart to bet against a team that has a weak bullpen and cannot use their best setup guy or closer because they are over worked.


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Thursday, Jul. 11, 06:50am EDT

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Luke Clanton +900
Michael Thorbjornsen +1200
Daniel Berger +3300
Michael Kim +3500
Mac Meissner +3000
Alejandro Tosti +5500
Neal Shipley +6500
S.H. Kim +5000
J.J. Spaun +3500
Greyson Sigg +5000

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MLB RUN LINES

DATE MATCHUP RUN LINE
Sun, Jul. 14,
04:15 pm
Atlanta Braves at(-1.5) 105
San Diego Padres(+1.5) -125
Sun, Jul. 14,
04:12 pm
Seattle Mariners at(-1.5) -105
Los Angeles Angels(+1.5) -115
Sun, Jul. 14,
04:10 pm
Minnesota Twins at(+1.5) -158
San Francisco Giants(-1.5) +138
Sun, Jul. 14,
04:15 pm
Toronto Blue Jays at(+1.5) -155
Arizona Diamondbacks(-1.5) +135

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WNBA POINT SPREADS

DATE MATCHUP SPREAD
Sun, Jul. 14,
03:05 pm
Las Vegas Aces at(-12.5) -108
Washington Mystics(+12.5) -112
Sun, Jul. 14,
04:00 pm
Indiana Fever at(+6.5) -115
Minnesota Lynx(-6.5) -105

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MLS MONEY LINES

DATE MATCHUP MONEY
Wed, Jul. 17,
07:30 pm
Philadelphia Union-120
New England+305
Draw +311
Wed, Jul. 17,
10:45 pm
Los Angeles FC-165
Real Salt Lake+420
Draw +355
Wed, Jul. 17,
10:30 pm
Seattle Sounders-144
St. Louis City+385
Draw +318
Wed, Jul. 17,
07:30 pm
Columbus Crew-180
Charlotte+470
Draw +360
Wed, Jul. 17,
10:30 pm
Vancouver Whitecaps-130
Sporting Kansas City+345
Draw +308
Wed, Jul. 17,
08:30 pm
Nashville SC+146
Orlando City+186
Draw +260

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2024 WNBA Highlights: Chicago Sky vs. New York Liberty

July 11, 2024

Watch the New York Liberty pull away in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Sky, 91-76, at Barclays Center on Thursday night. Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points and Jonquel Jones added 18 points and 13 rebounds for New York. Meanwhile, Chicago's Angel Reese finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds to extend her WNBA record double-double streak to 15 straight games. Credits to the video owner.


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College Basketball Betting Tips

A total of 347 schools compete in 32 Division I basketball conferences. However, only 68 teams qualify for "March Madness" or the "Big Dance".

Thirty-one teams earn automatic bids as conference champions. The remaining thirty-seven tournament slots are determined by a special Selection Committee appointed by the NCAA. The committee also determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket.

With lots of teams and matchups to bet on, college basketball bettors surely have a lot to choose from. Here are a few college basketball betting tips to consider before making your pick.

1 Surely, there's home court advantage

Don't expect the referees' calls to go the home team's way. But College Basketball's home courts can be a crazy mix of loud, drunk and fanatic students and alumni.

The energy that the fans give is a sure shot of adrenalin for the home team, while it can be a pressure cooker waiting to explode for the visiting team.

Thus, a team may be particularly good at home but totally mediocre on the road. It is said that the difference between a home and road game is as much as 10 points.


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