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Baseball Betting with William Hill
Stride out to the diamond and have a swing at some great baseball bets with William Hill.
Baseball is becoming increasingly popular around the globe in places such as Mexico, Japan and Taiwan, meaning there are plenty of opportunities out there for some baseball betting.
However, the USA remains the home of baseball with hundreds of thousands of fans turning out every week to see world famous teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.
And, with more than 2,000 games played over the course of a Major League Baseball (MLB) season, there’s plenty of great baseball betting markets for bettors to get involved with.
Understanding the baseball betting markets
For every game there will be a series of different baseball betting markets, from the straightforward to the more complex, with plenty of baseball betting statistics to be poured over.
In its simplest form, betting on baseball can come down to the winner of a match between the two teams playing – exactly the same as if you were betting on any other sport between two teams.
For those of you who like to take a longer-term view, you can also bet on several outright winner markets for teams competing in the two biggest USA leagues – the National League (NL) and the American League (AL).
Now this is where understanding the different league and different baseball betting markets can pay dividends.
The NL was formed in 1876, making it the world’s oldest professional sports team league. It consists of three smaller leagues – National League East, National League Central and National League West – with well-known teams such as the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs battling it out.
The AL also has its share of teams that even those with a passing interest in sport will know, including the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
The AL was created as a competitor to the NL in 1901 and eventually teamed up with the NL to compete for the World Series – a competition that, despite its name, only features teams who play in the AL and the NL.
The winner of the AL and the NL play each other in a best-of-seven series to determine the winner of the prestigious World Series.
William Hill offers outright markets on all of the top American baseball leagues so, while it may appear complicated at first, baseball betting markets in America are relatively straightforward and offers bettors plenty of opportunity to get their mitts on some winnings.
World Series Baseball betting
So which teams should you look out for in the overall World Series baseball betting? Well, while there have been a few upsets throughout the years, the usual suspects can always be counted on to give it a good shot.
The New York Yankees are perhaps the most famous baseball team in the world for a good reason – they have won the World Series the most of any team by a country mile.
They are the only team to have won it more than 20 times and are streets ahead of second placed St. Louis Cardinals who won their first World Series all the way back in 1905.
Because of their rich heritage and huge fan base, the Yankees are always a team to bear in mind when looking at betting on the overall World Series winner.
Similarly, the Boston Red Sox – who won the first World Series in 1903 – are also almost certain to be in the mix come the end of the regular season. They won the competition three times throughout the 2010s and, after winning again in 2018, should never be discounted.
How to win money betting on baseball
While there’s no way to guarantee winning on any baseball bet, there are a couple of ways you can help your chances – with the most important being to do your research.
Baseball is a sport that seems to have been invented for people who love to mix the physical with the statistical, with stats and numbers aplenty for any bettor willing to look for them.
With baseball games consisting of nine innings, there are plenty of opportunities to look beneath the surface and see what may happen – some teams start slow and take a while to get into the swing of things, while others come flying out, only to fade later on.
Bettors who keep up with their baseball betting stats can therefore take advantage of in-play betting market fluctuations.
Similarly, baseball run line betting is also a market that rewards research. The line for baseball run lines is 1.5.
With a 1.5 run line you place a bet on the favourite to win by two runs or more, or the outsider to lose by one run or less to win the game.
Baseball run line betting is a great way to extract some extra value when the outright markets may not yield the odds you’re after.
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Other baseball betting markets
One of the most popular baseball betting markets is the total number of runs scored in a game.
This can be a great market for those looking to get into baseball betting for the first time as you’re not betting on an outright winner – it’s simply the number of runs scored by both teams over the course of the game.
The average number of runs in an MLB game hangs around the 10 mark, meaning you are always likely to get some decent odds on anything over or under that number.
Similarly, William Hill also offers live markets for total runs, meaning those with their eye on the ball can take advantage of the ebbing and flowing of a baseball game.
And, because the games aren’t played at breakneck speed (the average MLB game takes around three hours) there’s plenty of time to weigh up your options.
While baseball is a team game, there are still opportunities to bet on individual players with one of the most popular markets being who will hit the most home runs during a regular MLB season.
Players in the past who would have earned you a tidy sum include Barry Bonds who smashed 73 home runs back in 2001 for San Francisco, Mark McGuire who bashed 70 away for St. Louis in 1998 and Chicago’s Sammy Sosa, who hit 66 out of the park back in 1998.
While the current crop of baseball players may not hit those dizzying heights, there are still plenty who are capable of racking up some serious numbers and, with so many players having the potential to hit the most home runs, this baseball betting market can have some pretty juicy odds.
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There are loads of #YourOdds markets popping up for you to take advantage of, while anyone has the power to request their own baseball #YourOdds, depending on the type of bet they wish to place, by tweeting @WilliamHill.