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Washington Nationals 2022 Season
The Nationals shocked the world and won it all in 2019, defeating the Houston Astros in the World Series for the franchise’s first title. But the honeymoon didn’t last long after that, with Washington missing the last two postseasons.
Their 2022 season was even bigger disappointment then their 2021 season. They only won 55 games. This season is not looking very bright for them either since they have one of the worst rosters in the league.
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Betting on the Washington Nationals
MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated March 29, 2023 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change
|Atlanta Braves||(-2.5) +110||-250||Over 8 (+100)|
|Washington Nationals||(+2.5) +135||+200||Under 8 (-120)|
Nationals 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 Nationals game:
- Tampa Bay Rays (+1.5)
- Washington Nationals (-1.5)
As shown above, the Nationals are favored by 1.5 runs against the Rays; the minus sign (-) indicates Washington is the favorite, while a plus sign (+) is used to denote the underdog. Bettors who wanted to back Washington here would be “laying” those 1.5 runs, meaning for their bets to cash the Nationals would need to win by two runs or more. Bettors who selected the Rays +1.5 would win if Tampa Bay won outright or kept a loss to 1 run.
The Nationals were 70-92 on run lines in 2022, covering 43.2 percent of the time – putting them second to last place 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:
- Tampa Bay Rays +150
- Washington Nationals -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 Nationals, a bettor would need to risk $180. On the flip side, a $100 bet on the Rays would net $150 if they pulled the upset.
The Nationals went 55-107 in 2022, putting them in the last place in the NL East as well as the league.
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 Nationals-Rays 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.
Nationals totals in 2022 were in the 11th place in the league when betting the over, hitting at a 75-78-9 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 Víctor Robles over 1.5 hits on a given night, or betting that Stephen Strasburg 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 right now in Washington, so bettors will have to shop for the best line to get good odds on Nationals futures bets. Futures are bets that focus on long term outcomes, like the Nationals to win the NL East, win the National League Pennant, win the World Series, or even in dividual awards like winning league MVP.
How to Bet on the Washigton Nationals
Wide spread sports betting has yet to come to the D.C. area, with the lottery holding control over the lone option bettors have and therefore creating terrible odds compared to the marketplace. Stay tuned for updates on The Action Network's District of Columbia sports betting page regarding sports betting legislation in the state.
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