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Baseball Playoff Betting Strategy

Baseball Bettors: Do Your Homework

And you thought you were done with homework! Don’t sweat it. Odds Shark has basically done the research for you. All you have to do is check out our MLB online resources. We track how many runs a team scores with specific starters on the mound, while comparing those numbers to the hurler’s regular season ERA. A club’s historical record in the playoffs is also crucial information to have on hand when wagering on MLB post-season games.

Watch for a Playoff Line Movement

Sports bettors must also look for dramatic betting line movement on MLB post-season games. Playoff games see more action from the public and that can lead to wide and rapid swings in game betting lines. A useful tool to track this is the Line History feature on Odds Shark baseball game line pages. These pages show betting line movement from opening to right before the first pitch at multiple online sportsbooks.

Don’t Forget about the Runline

Baseball’s post-season also gives new life to runline betting. Although the runline sounds like a movie from the early 90s starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Damon Wayons as two renegade cops trying to stop the villain, played by Dennis Hopper, from poisoning the water supply, the runline can be a very profitable MLB post-season wager to make. Real opportunity can exist to boost the value of favorites using runline odds if you think they’re going to blow the other team out.

Momentum Can Play a Major Role

Often, the momentum behind a team of destiny can provide a guide for sports bettors wagering on the MLB post-season. A total of six wild card teams have won the World Series, and most of these wins were at the expense of teams who owned strong records and top futures odds. Remember the 1997 and 2003 Marlins’ squads who overcame the odds and won the World Series? Edgar Renteria and Josh Beckett sure do.

Consistent pitching, offensive production, staying healthy and getting hot at the right time can have as much to do with World Series success as any other statistics. Understanding how these factors carry over or change from the regular season is important in developing a strong MLB playoff betting strategy.