After a month and half of Spring Training down south, plus a long 162 game regular season schedule, ten teams are awarded entry into the Major League Baseball postseason. With the NHL and NBA taking 16 teams each, while the NFL takes 12, the Boys of Summer have the longest odds of appearing in the playoffs in the Big Four North American sports. It’s a grueling marathon run, which makes the World Series MLB second season prize that much sweeter.
Bet On MLB Postseason Contests
Playing out as the last major Championship of the calendar year, placing a bet on MLB postseason contests is safe and simple at the trusted online sportsbooks in the table below. Loyal readers, who follow our tips and FREE picks during the regular season, know how much we trust the bookmakers we review, rate and recommend here at Canada Sports Betting. They are the best in the business.
MLB Playoffs Futures Betting
Veteran baseball handicappers, the Crew here at CSB doesn’t place many wagers on the Grapefruit and Cactus League preseason contests. Instead, we follow the action watching for teams that have contender qualities prior to making our MLB futures bets. We’ll normally select one American plus one National League World Series crew before Opening Day each season. That sets our Fall Classic Championship wagering in motion well in advance of October. For the most part, we prefer to pick from the upper chalk squads as those teams afford us the easiest opportunities to hedge down the road if needed. We update the futures lines and our Championship betting journey all season long.
MLB Playoffs Money Line
Largely considered as one of the better regular season straight up wagering sports, MLB playoff money lines get even better once the top ten squads begin the race to the Fall Classic. Known as “decimal” odds to (hopefully) reformed Provincial Sports Lottery players, money lines offer a minus and a plus price. The Baltimore vs Toronto MLB 2016 Wild Card game odds at Bodog had the Blue Jays as -156 chalk and the Orioles as +141 underdogs. Blue Bird fans were required to pay $156 to win $100 while the Orange Bird backers only needed to wager $71 for a C-Note return. With the best of the best teams battling – price shopping takes on extra importance during the postseason.
MLB Playoffs Point Spread
Run lines take over as the MLB playoff point spread odds as one team heads into the game up 1.5 runs while the other squad faces a 1.5 score deficit. Once Toronto moved on the Divisional Round during the 2016 postseason, the Jays were +1.5 (-170) pups on the road against Texas who were -1.5 (+150) chalk in the first match. As this example shows, it cost $170 to get the head start with Toronto who didn’t need it as the Blue Jays ripped the Rangers 10-1 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Understanding hindsight is 20/20 the Toronto (+110) money line was the more valuable price that day. All-Star pitchers facing “lighter” hitting squads are the best run line wagering opportunities.
MLB Playoffs Over/Under
Often fluctuating during any series, MLB playoff Over/Under odds can run as low as five and into double digits on the high end at top online bookmakers. Being as Game One normally features the aces of both staffs, Over/Under odds can be microscopic in those contests. In the best of seven 2015 NL Championship series, that featured the Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets, the game totals varied from 5.5 to 9.0 runs at Bodog. The lower total was posted on Game Two, which featured starting studs Jake Arrieta vs Noel Syndergaard. The 9.0 Game Four line was due to fourth starters Steven Matz vs Jason Hammel squaring off. Checking the starting pitchers should always the first step when researching Over/Under odds. The best prices are posted at the sportsbooks above.