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Cleveland gets to reboot its franchise with their first name change in over a century. Now as the Guardians, they’ll try to get back into the playoff picture with the help of Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber on the roster.
Last season saw Cleveland finish with their first losing record since 2012, which is certainly in part thanks to their own trade of Francisco Lindor to the NY Mets. Where do they go from here as they start a new chapter in the team’s history?
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Betting on the Cleveland Guardians
Guardians Spread (Run Line)
When betting on baseball, you’ll be faced with three standard options: the moneyline, over/under and run line.
The run line is a bet on the margin of victory, like a point spread. But because baseball is low scoring, the spread will almost always be -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog. The payouts for each will just be adjusted based on each team’s strength.
Here’s a brief example of a run line for a hypothetical Guardians game:
- St. Louis Cardinals (+1.5)
- Cleveland Guardians (-1.5)
As shown above, the Guardians are favored by 1.5 runs against the Cardinals; the minus sign (-) indicates Cleveland is the favorite, while a plus sign (+) is used to denote the underdog. Bettors who wanted to back Cleveland here would be “laying” those 1.5 runs, meaning for their bets to cash the Guardians would need to win by two runs or more. Bettors who selected the Cardinals +1.5 would win if St. Louis won outright or kept a loss to 1 run.
The Guardians were 88-74 on run lines in 2021, covering 54.3 percent of the time – the fifth best mark in the league.
Many first time bettors are wary of run line bets, especially when riding with the hometown team. In that case, moneyline wagers are often seen as the safer way to go. A moneyline bet is a bet on who wins the game -- no run line involved.
Let’s use the same example from before to understand the moneyline better:
- St. Louis Cardinals +150
- Cleveland Guardians -180
Just as with run lines, the minus sign (-) signifies a team is favored, while the plus sign (+) means a team is the underdog. The moneyline odds, written in American odds format here, indicate how big or small a favorite that team is, written in increments of $100. For example, to win $100 on the Guardians, a bettor would need to risk $180. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the Cardinals would net $150 if they pulled the upset.
The Guardians went 80-82 in 2021, putting them in second place in the AL Central and in the middle of the pack among the rest of the league.
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Betting on a team to win or cover a run line isn’t the only type of wager allowed on MLB games. Almost all sportsbooks will offer a total on the game, also known as an over/under. This bet is not on the winner of the contest, but on the number of runs the two teams will combine to score; sportsbooks hang a number, and bettors can wager either over or under that total.
If the number for our hypothetical Guardians-Cardinals matchup was 8 runs, over bettors would require 9 points or more to cash their tickets, while those who bet the under would need 7 or fewer runs. If the two teams scored exactly 8 runs between them, that bet would push and all wagers would be refunded.
Guardians totals in 2021 were the sixth best in the league when betting the over, hitting at a 85-72-5 clip.
Some bettors find more entertainment and success betting on more specific outcomes than the result of the game. Prop bets cover a wide market of wagers on player stats, discrete in-game events, and any style of yes/no question. Many props are bets on specific players and their performance, such as betting Jose Ramirez over 1.5 hits on a given night, or betting that Shane Bieber will strike out over 9.5 batters. Some props can be shorter term, such as betting on the number of runs scored in the first five innings or who will hit a home run. Offerings tend to vary depending on the sportsbook, so use our sportsbook reviews to find the best bet for you.
Expectations are rising right now in Cleveland, so bettors will have to shop for the best line to get good odds on Guardians futures bets. Futures are bets that focus on long term outcomes, like the Guardians to win the AL Central, win the American League Pennant, win the World Series, or even individual awards like winning league MVP.
How to Bet on the Cleveland Guardians
Online sports betting is not currently legal in Ohio, but it will be soon. Legalized Ohio sports betting is expected to launch no later than Jan. 1, 2023. Once sports betting goes live in The Buckeye State, you'll be able to place wagers on the Guardians through the nation's top sportsbooks.
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