MLB betting is daily entertainment from April through October as teams vie for the World Series. And entering the summer months, several teams have established themselves as strong bets against the spread, i.e., run line.
Through the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and Texas Rangers have been among the best ATS teams. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Toronto Blue Jays have been poor against the spread.
As you check out updated run lines at the online sportsbook for the final regular-season games, here are the updated MLB ATS records (through October 3):
MLB Team ATS Records
What is Run Line in MLB Betting?
Run lines are baseball’s version of the point spreads you’ll see in football, basketball, or many other sports. Betting on run lines in MLB is no different than betting on a spread in NFL or NBA betting.
If the Mets are -1.5 home favorites against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets must win the game by at least two runs to cover the run line. The Phillies, meanwhile, must lose the game by one run or win the game outright to cover their run line.
Unlike point-spread betting in most sports, most notably in the NFL or NBA, there’s rarely variance in run lines. Pre-game run lines are almost always -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog. In-game run lines, i.e. live sports betting, have significant variance — if a team is leading by seven runs in the fifth inning, the live run line might be -6.5.