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Oakland Athletics 2022 Season
The A’s fell a lot in 2022. They had a really dissapointing season because they traded away Matt Olson, Chris Bassitt, Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea in the offseason and declined to add any real upgrades in the free-agent market. Elvis Andrus and Stephen Piscotty were merely released, while Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino were traded as the sale continued into the summer.
It looks like they are heading for a rebuild. See all of the A’s odds, as well their win total, championship odds, and much more.
Betting on the Oakland Athletics
MLB Odds: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated March 29, 2023 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change
|Los Angeles Angels||(-1.5) -125||-225||Over 7 (-105)|
|Oakland Athletics||(+1.5) +105||+180||Under 7 (-115)|
Athletics 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 A’s game:
- Detroit Tigers (+1.5)
- Oakland A’s (-1.5)
As shown above, the A’s are favored by 1.5 runs against the Tigers; the minus sign (-) indicates Oakland is the favorite, while a plus sign (+) is used to denote the underdog. Bettors who wanted to back Oakland here would be “laying” those 1.5 runs, meaning for their bets to cash the Athletics would need to win by two runs or more. Bettors who selected the Tigers +1.5 would win if Detroit won outright or kept a loss to 1 run.
The A’s were 80-82 on run lines in 2022, covering 49.4 percent of the time – putting them in the lower half of 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:
- Detroit Tigers +150
- Oakland Athletics -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 Athletics, a bettor would need to risk $180. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the Tigers would net $150 if they pulled the upset.
The Athletics went 60-102 in 2022, putting them last place in the AL West and in second to last in the league record wise.
Odds can differ from sportsbook to sportsbook, so always make sure you shop for the best line with The Action Network app.
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 A’s-Tigers 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.
Athletics totals in 2022 were the seventh worst in the league when betting the over, hitting at a 71-82-9 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 Jesus Aguilar over 1.5 hits on a given night, or betting that Shintaro Fujinami 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 very low in Oakland, so bettors still have to shop for the best line to get good odds on A’s futures bets. Futures are bets that focus on long-term outcomes, like the Athletics to win the AL West, win the American League Pennant, win the World Series, or even individual awards like winning league MVP.
How to Bet on the Oakland Athletics
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