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Coronavirus Leaves Sportsbooks Scrambling On Futures Bets

Coronavirus Leaves Sportsbooks Scrambling On Futures Bets

Postponements by the NBA, NHL and MLB left millions of dollars in future wagers in limbo on Thursday as league officials and owners scrambled to strike a responsible stance amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA’s decision to cancel the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments left a void in the American sporting landscape.

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Brant James
Coronavirus & Sports: History Has Halted Games In The Past

Coronavirus & Sports: History Has Halted Games In The Past

The coronavirus has forced a shutdown of nearly all pro and college sports. But this isn't the first time history has intervened.

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Bill Speros
Breaking Down Odds On Astros Beanballs For Cheating Scandal

Breaking Down Odds On Astros Beanballs For Cheating Scandal

The punishment handed down by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s has been called “weak.” But if there’s any sport in which justice is often doled out by the players themselves, it’s baseball. Now there’s action on it and fans of MLB betting might want to check it out.

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Adam Thompson
MLB Playoff Proposal Would Dilute Futures Bets, Expert Says

MLB Playoff Proposal Would Dilute Futures Bets, Expert Says

If the idea, reported on Tuesday, goes through, there would be seven playoff teams in each league for a total of 14. That would do a number on MLB futures odds, one bookmaker says.

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Brant James
Betts Trade To Dodgers Could Bring Value On Futures Markets

Betts Trade To Dodgers Could Bring Value On Futures Markets

Outfielder Mookie Betts is traded by the Red Sox to the Dodgers along with starting pitcher David Price.

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Adam Thompson
3 Value Picks To Win American League Pennant & 2 To Ignore

3 Value Picks To Win American League Pennant & 2 To Ignore

With spring training starting next week, here are three value picks to win the American League pennant, along with two teams to be wary of.

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Adam Thompson
3 NL Teams To  Consider As Baseball Contenders & 2 To Ignore

3 NL Teams To Consider As Baseball Contenders & 2 To Ignore

Now is a good time to jump on MLB betting odds before players hit the field for spring training.

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Adam Thompson
What Impact Will MLB Sign-Stealing Scandal Have On Betting?

What Impact Will MLB Sign-Stealing Scandal Have On Betting?

The sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball has called into question the integrity of the sport. Regaining the trust of fans, sponsors, sportsbooks and bettors will be critical to the future of the sport -- and betting.

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Brant James
Astros’ Scandal as Bad as Black Sox? Historian Weighs in

Astros’ Scandal as Bad as Black Sox? Historian Weighs in

The Houston Astros fired the manager and general manager who won the 2017 World Series over a sign-stealing scandal. So how do the Astros compare to the infamous Chicago White Sox who threw the 1919 World Series?

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Brant James
Astros World Series Odds Unmoved By MLB Suspensions, Firings

Astros World Series Odds Unmoved By MLB Suspensions, Firings

Why didn't the Houston Astros' odds to win the World Series change after its manager and GM were suspended for a year and then fired?

Jesse Spector for Bookies.com
Jesse Spector
Does Gerrit Cole Make Yankees Smart 2020 World Series Bet?

Does Gerrit Cole Make Yankees Smart 2020 World Series Bet?

Gerrit Cole will don the pinstripes in 2020, but does his signing mean the Yankees are the best bet to win it all?

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Trey Killian
MLB Integrity Claim Weak Unless Astros Pay For Sign Stealing

MLB Integrity Claim Weak Unless Astros Pay For Sign Stealing

The Houston Astros are accused of electronically stealing signs during their World Series championship winning 2017 campaign.

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Brant James
Astros’ World Series Loss Closes Book on Mattress Mack Saga

Astros’ World Series Loss Closes Book on Mattress Mack Saga

Houston mega-bettor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale failed to cash in on his bet on the Astros' World Series title Wednesday night.

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Brant James
Daily World Series 2019 Picks: Astros-Nationals Best Bets

Daily World Series 2019 Picks: Astros-Nationals Best Bets

Betting on the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will be tricky. But this will be your source for daily guidance with best bets, the latest odds, betting previews and more for the World Series.

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Jesse Spector
FanDuel ‘Sports Equinox’ Sunday Promotion Betting Tips

FanDuel ‘Sports Equinox’ Sunday Promotion Betting Tips

How you can make the most out of Fan Duel's Sports Equinox Betting Promotion.

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Dan Kilbridge
6 World Series Bets to Back: From Winner to MVP to 1st Steal

6 World Series Bets to Back: From Winner to MVP to 1st Steal

When it comes to betting the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, these six wagers jump out as the best on the futures board.

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Jesse Spector
MLB Authorizes Fox Bet To Be Latest Official Gaming Operator

MLB Authorizes Fox Bet To Be Latest Official Gaming Operator

Fox Bet becomes the fourth official betting partner for Major League Baseball, along with MGM Resorts, DraftKings and FanDuel.

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Dan Kilbridge
ALCS 2019 Betting: Why Astros’ Aces Will Overpower Yankees

ALCS 2019 Betting: Why Astros’ Aces Will Overpower Yankees

The Houston Astros are loaded with aces, making for a daunting task for the underdog New York Yankees in the 2019 ALCS.

Jesse Spector for Bookies.com
Jesse Spector
NLCS 2019 Betting: Cardinals Hand Nationals Huge Advantage

NLCS 2019 Betting: Cardinals Hand Nationals Huge Advantage

The St. Louis Cardinals handed the Washington Nationals a major advantage, and smart baseball bettors should jump on it.

Jesse Spector for Bookies.com
Jesse Spector
Bookies Clean Up After Epic Dodgers, Braves NLDS Collapses

Bookies Clean Up After Epic Dodgers, Braves NLDS Collapses

The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals both pulled off upsets on the road in deciding Game 5s of their National League Division Series on Wednesday. Bettors mostly took the favorites and bookmakers mostly turned a nice profit.

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Kelsey McCarson
'Mattress Mack' $3.5M Astros World Series Bet at Risk Today

'Mattress Mack' $3.5M Astros World Series Bet at Risk Today

Businessman Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was searching for a place to take his $3.5 million wager on the Houston Astros to win the World Series. A Mississippi sportsbook took him up on it.

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Brant James
DraftKings Founder Matt Kalish Q&A On MLB Playoff Bet, PA

DraftKings Founder Matt Kalish Q&A On MLB Playoff Bet, PA

DraftKings founder Matt Kalish talks with Bookies.com about the busy week the sports betting company has had this week.

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Brant James
Why the Nationals May Be the Smart 2019 World Series Bet

Why the Nationals May Be the Smart 2019 World Series Bet

Sure, the Washington Nationals have a tough road to winning the World Series, but their odds hold tremendous value and they have the talent to do it.

Jesse Spector for Bookies.com
Jesse Spector
Approach NL Cy Young Race Betting Cautiously With Tight Odds

Approach NL Cy Young Race Betting Cautiously With Tight Odds

The MLB season is coming to an end. Who will win the NL Cy Young award?

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Jesse Spector
Yankees Should Be Your World Series Bet with Severino Return

Yankees Should Be Your World Series Bet with Severino Return

How should MLB bettors approach the Yankees this postseason with the return of Luis Severino?

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Jesse Spector
World Series Matchups: Odds & Best Bets to Consider Now

World Series Matchups: Odds & Best Bets to Consider Now

The 2019 World Series is coming this October and there's still plenty of time to bet on which two teams will make it to the Fall Classic.

Jesse Spector for Bookies.com
Jesse Spector
Tigers Historic Upset Of Astros Fuels Mainstream Betting Buzz

Tigers Historic Upset Of Astros Fuels Mainstream Betting Buzz

An unusual line – the second this month on the Houston Astros – goes viral when the Detroit Tigers pull off a stunner. The Astros are hugely favored again tonight.

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Brant James
Astros Huge MLB Odds Favorite Again Vs. Tigers After Upset

Astros Huge MLB Odds Favorite Again Vs. Tigers After Upset

The Houston Astros were a -500 or more favorite for the second time in August – in an “incredibly rare” circumstance according to a noted SugarHouse analysts – and for the second time in that scenario lost the game. For Thursday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Houston is a -500 or more favorite again. Will Houston bettors feel third time lucky?

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David Caraviello
Ronald Acuna NL MVP Odds Enticing But Better Value Elsewhere

Ronald Acuna NL MVP Odds Enticing But Better Value Elsewhere

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Jesse Spector
‘Incredibly Rare’ Astros-Tigers Odds With Houston Up To -556

‘Incredibly Rare’ Astros-Tigers Odds With Houston Up To -556

The Houston Astros, for the second time this month, are favored by odds of greater than -500 to win a game. One SugarHouse analyst says that type of line in baseball is “incredibly rare.”

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David Caraviello
NL Cy Young Odds Point Scherzer But Wait For Thursdays Start

NL Cy Young Odds Point Scherzer But Wait For Thursdays Start

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Jesse Spector
Orioles-Astros Upset A Reminder There Are No Sure MLB Bets

Orioles-Astros Upset A Reminder There Are No Sure MLB Bets

The Baltimore Orioles, a massive underdog on Sunday, defeated the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon.

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Carl Zee

What Makes Bookies Trustworthy for MLB Expert Picks?

There are many ways to bet MLB every day through the regular season and MLB postseason, from moneyline, run line and Over/Under totals to futures, props and live betting. Whatever the bet, Bookies.com has you covered with lines for all kinds of wagers ranging from the next World Series winner to MLB picks today for the prime-time games, all from the best expert handicappers out there – and all for free.

Bookies.com has formed a team of experienced and successful MLB handicappers to offer their best MLB betting tips all season. Bookies.com experts have decades of experience breaking down MLB odds and finding the edge over the sportsbooks. They’ve been there and done that and share their advice with you.

Will the Best Odds Always Be Shown for Each MLB Pick?

There are many sportsbooks out there, but the odds for MLB games can differ between them, sometimes dramatically.

That’s why Bookies.com shows the game lines from several sportsbooks, all live and all in the same place. Every MLB game is covered with moneyline, Over/Under and run line odds to give each bettor a chance to compare.

The best odds are pulled exclusively from trusted, U.S.-regulated sports betting sites vetted by Bookies.com. They’re updated constantly so you can immediately find and lock in the best odds for your MLB picks today.

There is no rule against having accounts at multiple sportsbooks – in fact, the smartest players do. That way, you able to compare all of them and take the best MLB odds for the teams you want.

Should I Do My Own Research for MLB Picks Today?

Our experts have years of experience crushing sportsbooks with their free MLB predictions. But it’s always best for a bettor to do their own research so they can feel confident in making their picks. It’s important to stay on top of the news, follow key stakeholders on Twitter and social media and keep tabs on live odds, injury news and more.

Bookies.com is your go-to source for many of the tools needed to create successful tickets. That includes showing team trends on the moneyline, on the Over/Under for total runs and on the run line (links?), as well as the MLB consensus, which shows which side other bettors are placing their money.

Bookies.com handicappers add to the experience with expert insight and a focus that’s made them winners in the field.

What to Consider When Deciding on MLB Picks

There are no sure things in MLB betting. It doesn’t matter what the matchup is, every team can win on any given night, and any team can lose.

But that also presents a unique opportunity. You can win fewer than 50% of your picks and still make a nice profit. In fact, betting on only favorites through an MLB season is likely to lead to a negative bankroll. You’ll win less often backing underdogs, but you could have a better chance of finishing in the black if you do.

A few more MLB betting tips to consider:

Favorites Don’t Win Enough, But Underdogs Do: Teams posted at -150 or higher on the money line have won 63% of games in the last decade. But because the odds are so high, all those victories combined still result in a negative finish.

If you wager on Justin Verlander and the host Houston Astros at -300 to beat the visiting Kansas City Royals, you’re likely to win the bet. But if you don’t, you need to win three more times to break even. It’s not a winning strategy in the long run.

Underdog with odds between +120 and +170, meanwhile, have emerged victorious in 46% of games since 2010. That’s more than enough to earn a nice profit. Backing the right underdogs builds bankroll in the long term. Use our odds calculator to calculate what an underdog might pay when making your baseball picks to help better manage your bankroll.

Outside Influences: Weather affects baseball more than any other outdoor sport. The ball travels less in cold, and wind direction can make the difference in turning a pitcher’s duel into a launchpad.

While umpires try to be as down-the-middle as possible, some have tighter strike zones that force pitchers to aim down the middle. That can lead to more runs. Umps with looser zones improve the pitchers’ chances of success. Ump stats can show one side of the Over/Under is a strong play.

Stadiums are all different, another unique baseball attribute. Some favor hitters or pitchers, some favor lefties or righties. A team full of left-handed power hitters might prefer the shorter wall at Fenway Park, while both sides typically suffer a power outage at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Study the matchups in MLB games: Starting pitchers are critical to success, and to a successful bet. Each starting pitcher has their own trends, and each batting lineup has tendencies that relate to the starter. Chris Sale is an elite left-handed pitcher – opponents are hitting just .218 against him in his career. The Angels despite Mike Trout are only hitting .143 vs. Sale in 10 career games. But the crosstown Dodgers are hitting .348 off him in three games.

Fade Your Peers: The Bookies.com consensus page reveals the percentage of bets each side of a game is bringing in. Research proves going with the popular vote doesn’t work when making baseball picks.

Over the last 12 seasons, teams receiving fewer than 40% of the bets on the moneyline are winning only 44% of the time. Considering the odds, that’s proven to be enough money to be in the black. Every better prefers a robust wallet over a robust win percentage.

Follow the Pros: Professional bettors, or sharps, spend their day breaking down the lines and the matchups. They know what they’re doing in MLB, which can be heavily researched through statistics. Reverse Line Movement – when the percentage of bets and the percentage of money on a team go in opposite directions – can alert which way the big-money pros are going.

I’ve Made My MLB Pick, Now What?

Congrats! You’ve done your diligence, taken the advice of Bookies.com’s elite team of MLB handicappers, found the best odds at a secure and trustworthy online sportsbook and placed your bet. You can now watch the game with a new sense of excitement that wouldn’t exist without a few bucks on the line.

Bookmark Bookies.com’s free MLB picks and odds pages and return regularly to find the best odds on games, stories on news and futures bets worth backing, plus free picks from the Bookies.com MLB handicappers.

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