Bet on the World Series in Tennessee
Tennessee is the proud home of a professional team in the NFL, NBA, and NHL. Tennessee does not currently have a professional baseball team, but that doesn’t stop Tennessee’s die-hard sports fans from throwing their support behind some of the MLB teams in nearby states. Most Tennessee residents are Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals fans, but of course, this diverse state has fans for every team across the MLB. And there is no more exciting time for baseball fans and baseball bettors than when the World Series comes around.
Betting on the World Series in Tennessee is finally legal thanks to the state’s new laws on legalizing sports betting. Baseball is one of the most fun and interesting sports to bet on all year long with its large betting cards and daily action in-season. This sets the stage for a thrilling postseason that wraps up with a World Series Champion. Here’s your guide to making the best of the World Series in Tennessee.
Where to bet on the World Series in Tennessee
While the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 shook up the normal schedules across professional sports, historically the summer has belonged to baseball. Regular-season baseball action takes place from April through September which leads into the postseason in October. Unlike other sports that have shorter seasons and smaller regular-season schedules, the standard MLB regular season is 162 games long for every team.
This makes baseball a popular sport for both sports bettors and sportsbooks as every day offers hundreds of new betting opportunities. Every sportsbook in Tennessee offers betting odds on baseball from Spring Training up to the World Series.
How to bet on the World Series
The World Series is a best-of-seven series played between the winners of the American League and the National League. Baseball fans in Tennessee can bet on their speculations as to who will win the World Series all season long, and when the series finally arrives there are even more betting options for it available.
World Series Champion Future Bets
The most popular bet throughout the year on the World Series is a future bet on which team will win the championship. Odds for which team will win the upcoming World Series are available year-round, from right after the former season’s champion is crowned to the day before the final game of the World Series. These odds are constantly changing based on a variety of factors including the team’s record, injuries, trades, betting action, and more.
Once you have placed a future bet on a team to win the World Series, your bet is locked in at those odds. So if you see a team during the preseason going off at long odds to win the World Series that you believe will be good enough to make the playoffs, be sure to bet on them before the season starts and they start winning games. The World Series betting odds will come down on that team to win if they start playing well.
Similarly, you can also sometimes find good odds on teams that are slumping or unlikely to make the playoffs. Many Tennessee baseball fans will remember the year that the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011. One bettor famously bet $250 on the Cardinals to win the World Series at 999-to-1 and $250 on them to win the National League at 500-to-1. The odds were heavily stacked against the Cardinals to even make the playoffs, but they did just that and made one St. Louis Cardinal fan $375,000 richer in the process.
World Series individual game bets
When the playoffs play down to just two teams remaining, bettors can bet on which team will win the championship (which is the same as betting on which team will win the series) OR they can bet on individual games. Each game has a variety of different options that bettors in Tennessee can choose from.
A moneyline wager on a game is simply a bet on which side will win the game. Because two teams are very rarely equally likely to win a game due to many elements including talent, starting pitchers, and home-field advantage, both teams are listed with different betting odds.
For example, say that the Atlanta Braves are an underdog to win on the road against the New York Yankees. The line for this game might be listed as follows: Atlanta Braves (+160) vs. New York Yankees (-180). The “+” in front of the Braves’ odds lets you know how much you’d win if you bet $100; so in this instance, a $100 bet would pay out a $160 profit if the Braves win, while a $50 bet would yield a payout of $80. The “-” in front of the Yankees’ odds means that you will have to bet this much to win $100. So in this example, at -180, a $180 bet would yield a payout of $100 if the Yankees won while an $18 bet would produce a payout of $10.
When betting on baseball moneylines, you can select from four options based on starting pitchers. Using the example above, the four options would be: “Action”, “Atlanta’s starter must start”, “New York’s starter must start”, “Both starters must start”. If you are betting on a game specifically because of a scheduled starter and want your bet to be canceled if that starter is scratched, protect your World Series wager by picking the appropriate option.
Every World Series game has a 1.5-run handicap option called the “runline” available in addition to the moneyline. On the runline, the team that is the betting underdog is given a +1.5 run advantage while the favorite is given a -1.5 run handicap. Sticking with the hypothetical World Series matchup above, the runline for this game might be listed as Atlanta Braves +1.5 (-160) vs. New York Yankees -1.5 (+140).
In this instance, a bet on Atlanta +1.5 will be graded a winner if the Braves win the game outright or lose by only one run. Wagers on New York at -1.5 will only be graded as a winner if the Yankees win the game by two runs or more.
World Series bettors can also bet on whether a game will go Over or Under a specific number of runs. These totals are set by the sportsbook before the game and can vary greatly depending on how talented each team’s offenses and pitching staffs are. Generally, postseason totals tend to be lower than regular-season totals as runs are usually harder to come by in the World Series as strong starting pitching and bullpens usually lead to playoff success.
Say that the total for an Atlanta Braves vs. New York Yankees Game 3 World Series matchup is set at 7.5 runs. Bettors can bet on whether the game will go Over 7.5 runs or Under 7.5 runs. A 5-3 Braves win would be a total of eight runs scored (5 + 3 = 8) and payout on the Over, while a 2-1 Yankees win would be a total of three runs scored and be a win on the Under. The total runs scored in the game is all that matters, not which team scores them or ends up winning.
Major events like the World Series generate lots of betting interest. Sportsbooks tend to step up their game for these events by offering many unique betting options for individual games called prop bets. Prop bets are bets on events that take place within the game and include player props, team props, and game props.
- Player props: Proposition bets based on player performances. Will Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a home run? Will Adam Wainwright record Over or Under 5.5 strikeouts? Player props are usually available based on the most popular players playing in the World Series.
- Team Props: Proposition bets based on individual teams. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers score Over or Under 6.5 runs? Will the Boston Red Sox collect Over or Under 8.5 hits? Team props are a great way to bet on specific leans that you have on a team you are familiar with.
- Game Props: Proposition bets on the game. Will the total number of runs, hits, and errors in the game add up to Over or Under 27.5? Which team will win the first five innings? Alternate run lines are also available under game props, allowing you to bet on teams at lines other than 1.5 such as -2.5 or +3.5 at much more extreme odds.
In-game betting has become extremely popular online and on mobile betting apps in recent years and it is now legal in Tennessee. By pulling up your live-betting page during the World Series, you can bet on up-to-the-second odds on many of the lines and proposition bets listed above. You can also bet on inning-specific prop bets such as what the result of the current at-bat will be or whether or not a run will be scored in the current half-inning.
Sports betting odds and availability vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. While most Tennessee sportsbooks will offer similar odds on the moneyline, runline, and total, bettors interested in prop bets and live betting should check out all of the different sportsbooks in Tennessee to make sure they are getting their preferred World Series odds at the best price.
MLB World Series betting tips
1. Handicap beyond the starting pitchers
During the regular season, starting pitchers are one of the most important factors in handicapping a baseball game. They are still valuable in the World Series too, but far less so; most managers have their starting pitchers on extremely short leashes in the postseason, opting to pull them at the first sign of trouble to use bullpen arms or even other starters on the staff to get out of sticky situations. Be aware of the strategies both World Series managers use with their starting pitchers are to make sure you know what to expect when placing your bets.
If you do have a specific lean that is based on how you anticipate the starting pitchers will perform, think about betting on the “First 5 Inning” line instead. Every World Series game offers a moneyline and runline for what the score will be at the end of five winnings; this will give you a much better chance to utilize a starting pitcher lean than the full game odds will.
2. Take advantage of totals betting in a low-scoring or high-scoring World Series
Some World Series matchups don’t seem to have any flow from game-to-game, rapidly changing momentum back and forth between the two teams without any discernible pattern. But in most cases, two teams lock up in a pitchers’ duel or a slug-fest. This can happen based on the makeup of the teams in the World Series or the confidence that each lineup is batting with.
Either way, totals can often be easier to predict than which team will win or lose. Two teams with elite starting pitching staffs and bullpens are likely to produce low-scoring games that will just be decided by a mistake pitch or a lucky bounce. Similarly, two teams with powerhouse lineups will be capable of scoring in bunches and make it tough to guess who comes out on top. In series like these, go with the flow and keep pounding the Over/Under lines.
3. Consider betting against popular players on props
Most casual sports fans bet on player props to give themselves something extra to root for while they watch the game. A Houston Astros fan is far more likely to bet on Justin Verlander to go Over 7.5 strikeouts or for Jose Altuve to get a base hit in the game than they are to bet against their favorite players performing well. For this reason, most player props usually have a premium on the positive side of the performance.
Bettors willing to go with a contrarian mindset can often find value betting against top stars instead of for them. Even the game’s best hitters fail to reach base more often than not. Look for odds that are skewed too heavily in a player’s favor, especially on popular or red-hot players, and take the value on betting the other way.