With a 1.5 run line you will be able to place a wager on the favored team to win by 2 runs or more, or the underdog team to lose by 1 run or to win the game. The line would be set on the favorites at -1.5, which essentially means the team must win by 2 or more runs, or “cover” the 1.5 run line.
As an example in a Run Line, if New York is playing Boston, New York might be a -1.5, -155 favorite while Boston is a +1.5, +135 underdog. This means that New York has to win by at least two runs to cover the bet, with a winning bet paying $100 for every $155 wagered.
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The run line is a bet on the margin of victory, like a point spread. But because baseball is low scoring, the spread will almost always be -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog. The payouts for each will just be adjusted based on each team’s strength.
When betting on the runline, the favorite is -1.5 runs on the spread, with the underdog at +1.5 runs. Betting on the favorite requires your team to win its game by two or more runs. Conversely, betting on the underdog at +1.5 means that your team can either win the game or lose by one run, and your ticket will still cash.
Newcomers to baseball betting might not be aware that the same three options are offered in that sport as well. The run line is baseball’s equivalent of a spread that you would see in other leagues like the NFL or NBA. Though alternate lines may be offered, the traditional run line in every baseball game is 1.5 runs.
Pre-game run lines are almost always -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog, whereas you’ll see a greater variance in run line odds (e.g., +140, -150) than NFL or NBA point spreads odds. How to Bet Run Lines. Baseball odds are available for nearly 3,000 MLB games each year.
For those who are unfamiliar, the “run line” is similar to the spread in sports like football or basketball. Instead of betting that a team will win the game straight up (money line betting), you instead bet with a run line of 1.5. A favorite would be listed at -1.5, meaning that they would need to win by at least two runs to cover the spread.
Here’s an example of a typical baseball betting line that includes the run line and money line odds: Seattle Mariners +1.5 (-160) +117. Los Angeles Angels -1.5 (+135) -140. Here, we see that the Mariners are visiting LA as underdogs. A bet on Seattle on the money line would pay off $117 for every $100 wagered.