MLB: A few reasons you should bet on baseball games

Every passionate fan or sports enthusiast looks out for the benefits of the games. These benefits cut across popularity, betting gain, and the rich history and present dominance of their preferred team. 

Sports betting is a mainstay for many fans across many leagues and sports. Bettors cash out every week depending on the frequency of games. Popular sports for betting include football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. Except for baseball, most people have probably heard a lot about other sports.

Baseball is one of the longest-existing sports in the world, having begun as early as the early 1840s. It is a family sport with huge popularity in the United States of America. Major League Baseball (MLB) began in the 1870s and has been in play ever since. 

Baseball has a lot of excitement to it and many winning points if you decide to bet on it. Below are a few reasons bettors prefer to wager on baseball. 

  1. Underdogs win many times 

Underdogs are teams that are most likely to lose in a competitive match. In many leagues like football or basketball, there’s a smaller possibility of a breakthrough for the underdog against a favourite. This is because of the influence of notable players and how the leagues are structured. This leaves bettors with a glimmer of hope that unexpected results might happen.

However, in major league baseball, underdogs have a considerable winning percentage. Over many years, smaller teams have won dominant ones because of the league structure. 

MLB has 162 games. This avalanche of games gives room for each team to understudy their opponents and play them several times. So underdogs get to play stronger teams and try out different tactics that make them formidable after a couple of games. It’s arguably true that no other league has lots of games like Major League Baseball. 

Also, the league’s large number of games allows bettors and handicappers to conduct in-depth research on games before wagering. MLB gives room and plenty of data generated over many games to decode the winning or playing patterns of favourites and underdogs. 

Baseball isn’t built on only individual performance like in basketball and football. Rather, it thrives on teamwork more. This removes the pressure from being exceptionally good to get a win in the league. Teams that can work together in synergy will outperform and win supposed stronger teams. 

In many sportsbooks, the house gives more odds to the underdogs because they are expecting to lose. However, bettors gain more from MLB odds because underdogs take advantage of the league structure to win against favourites.

  1. Betting made easier

Many bettors have lost a fortune from trying to accurately predict games. They make it more complex than it should be. There are various betting types, and choosing one that requires a high level of accuracy, such as point spread, may not be profitable.

Many times, the team you give more points in the winning margin eventually wins the game, but they don’t get to the point total you chose. So the point spread bet is lost. However, in baseball, betting on the moneyline has been one of the most beneficial forms of wagering in the league. 

More often than not, deciding a winner wouldn’t be much of a herculean task, but determining by what margin may be a headache. So, it simplifies betting for its players with almost predictable wins on moneyline bets. 

  1. Lower house reductions

In leading sports like football or basketball, where betting is more popular, the house takes a higher cut. The implication is that the amount of money expected for each bettor to gamble is increased. The odds are usually placed at -110 and could be more. After its calculation, the house edge sits at over 4%.  

In baseball, the odds are reduced to attract more bettors because of the popularity of the league. The odds sit at -105, where the house takes over 2% of the bet.  


Baseball has a large following in the United States of America and a growing fan base across the world. With its expansion beyond the states and profit for all bettors, it almost stands as a profitable alternative for bettors in the twenty-first century.

Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.