The Detroit Tigers are a far cry from the team that consistently won 90 games and made a World Series run earlier this decade but manager Rod Gardenhire is hoping to turn things around after replacing Brad Ausmus in 2018.
There’s no denying that the team will probably be rebuilding its roster for several seasons, which will likely include selling off stars in the near future rather than adding them, but Michigan lawmakers are hoping to make Tigers games more exciting by allowing MLB fans to bet on the games.
The state came within one signature of legalizing sports betting in 2018 after the state Senate voted 33-5 and the state House voted 71-35 to join New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware among states that have legalized online sports betting after the Supreme Court lifted a decades-long ban. Former Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill in one of his final moves in office but lawmakers are optimistic that new Governor Gretchen Whitmer will approve the bill once it inevitably passes through the legislature once again. The bill would allow any adult over 21 who is in the state to place a bet at any of the licensed online sportsbooks that will be set up by the state’s existing casinos.
If you are looking to get a headstart ahead of the expected betting boom, here is a quick primer on MLB odds and betting.
How to Bet on Detroit Tigers Odds?
MLB odds differ from NFL odds because the games are lower scoring and have smaller margins of victory. Whereas most NFL bets are placed on the point spread, a constantly changing margin of victory that the favorite must win by in order to “cover” or win the bet, the MLB has “run lines,” which essentially put the “point spread” for every baseball game at 1.5 runs.
That means most bets are placed on the moneyline, which determines the ratio between your bet and the possible payout. So if the Tigers are a -120 favorite over the Twins, you would have to bet $120 to win $100 on a Detroit win. But if the Tigers are a +135 underdog, your $100 bet would net you $135 if Detroit pulls off the upset.
You can use the moneyline to bet on the straight up winner or on the “run line,” which means the favorite must win by at least 2 runs for your bet to win. So if the Tigers are a -110 favorite on the moneyline, you would bet $110 and win $100 if the Tigers win by 2 or more runs.
Detroit Tigers Betting Types
Once you are familiar with point spreads and odds, you can start dabbling with other betting types like over/under betting, prop betting, and futures betting.
Over/under or point total betting allows you to bet on whether the final combined run total will be higher or lower than the projected combined run total set by each sportsbook.
Prop or in-game bets allow you to bet on virtually any single event, like whether Matt Moore will retire the side in order in a single inning or whether Nick Castellanos will have over or under three hits in a game.
Futures bets are season-long wagers that allow you to bet on virtually any longterm event, like which team will win the NL Central or whether Miguel Cabrera will hit over or under 25 home runs.