World Series Betting

World Series betting makes October more enjoyable. Learn about moneylines, totals and run lines. Our tutorial also covers World Series props, parlays and first 5 innings bets. See current World Series odds below. Review recent World Series outcomes in the reference section below. Send your bookie back to the dugout when you score big with these easy World Series bets.

Chapters

  1. Current World Series Futures
  2. Latest MLB Matchup Odds
  3. World Series Bets
  4. Exotic Bets
  5. Tables & Reference
  6. When to Bet the Run Line
  7. Live MLB Odds

World Series Futures

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World Series Bets

World Series betting is easy with moneylines, totals and run lines. Use these bets to capitalize on individual games. What more information about these bets? Peruse our MLB betting tutorial for more information.

1. World Series Moneyline Betting

Bet on the outright winner.

How to read Moneyline Odds

  • Positive number indicates the underdog.
  • Negative number indicates the favorite.
  • Less Common: Two -110 numbers indicate no specific favorite. This is a PK or pick’em bet.

Each moneyline includes the sportbook’s juice. The juice is the sportsbook’s fee for taking a bet.

A -230 true odds favorite plus juice may cost -240. Favorite bettors must risk more than true odds.

A +280 true odds underdog minus juice might pay +270. That means underdog bettors are rewarded with smaller payouts compared to true odds.

Moneyline Payouts

  • Negative numbers indicate how much you risk to win $100.
  • Positive numbers indicate how much you win for risking $100.

Most sportsbooks display baseball moneylines by default on the MLB odds page.

MLB Moneyline Example

Boston Red Sox -220
L.A. Dodgers +200

  1. The Boston Red Sox are the favorite. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the underdog.
  2. Boston bettors risk $220 to win $100. Los Angeles bettors win $200 for risking $100.

Result: The Red Sox defeat the Dodgers 8-4. All favorite bettors win.

2. World Series Total Betting

Sportsbooks estimate a point total combining each team’s projected final scores. Players bet whether the result will be over or under this number.

World Series totals can be found near or between moneylines for each side. World Series totals will most likely be between 6-11.

Sportsbooks provide the total’s juice to the right of the line. One side of the bet may have different juice than the other.

World Series betting odds will abbreviate over as “o” and under as “u”. The more expensive side will be provided. For example, 6½o-114 means anyone betting over 6.5 runs will lay $114 to win $100. -106 is the under juice. Under bettors would lay $106 to win $100.

Assume -110 when no number is given. That means the juice for both the over and under will be -110. Bettors taking either side lay $110 to win $100.

World Series Total Example

Boston Red Sox 7½ o-115
L.A. Dodgers

  1. The total line is 7½. The over has -115 juice. -105 is the corresponding under value.
  2. Over bettors believe the run total will be greater than 7.5. They lay $115 to win $100.
  3. Under bettors believe the run total will be less than 7.5. They lay $105 to win $100.

Result: Final total is 12. This number is greater than 7½. All over bettors win.

Note: No tie bets are possible with a ½ point line. The final result will either be over or under the sportsbook’s line.

Ties occur when the sportsbook’s line equals the final run total. This happens with whole number lines like 8, 9 or 10. Sportsbooks will refund all bets.

3. World Series Run Line Betting

Bet is made on the expected score difference similar to a spread. Most World Series run lines will be 1½. Less common run lines are 2½ and 3½.

Taking the Favorite
A 1½ line rounds up to 2. Favorites must win by 2 or more runs.

Taking the Underdog
A 1½ line rounds down to 1. Underdogs must not lose by more than 1 or win outright.

Each side has moneyline odds.

Interpreting Line Values

  • The most likely, or favorite line, will be negative.
  • The less likely, or underdog line, will be positive.

Odds & Payouts

  • Positive numbers indicate how much you win for risking $100.
  • Negative numbers indicate how much you risk to win $100.

Interpreting 1½ Run Line Odds

  1. Determine the favorite and underdog. The favorite’s 1½ spread will be negative. The underdog’s 1½ spread will be positive.
  2. Moneylines indicate the likelihood each team will cover the spread.
  3. The underdog will have a negative moneyline because it is more likely this team will win or only lose by 1. You’ll win less than you risk.
  4. The favorite will have a positive moneyline because it is less likely this team will win by 2 or more runs. You’ll win more than you risk.

MLB Run Line Example

Boston Red Sox -1½ +220
L.A. Dodogers +1½ -180

  1. The Red Sox are the favorite. They must win by 2 or more runs.
  2. The Dodgers are the underdog. They must not lose by more than 1 or can win outright.
  3. The Red Sox are less likely to win by 2. Their moneyline is positive. A $100 bet wins $220.
  4. The Dodgers are more likely to lose by 1 or win outright. They moneyline is negative. A $180 bet wins $100.

Tip: Run lines can offer higher expected value than a moneyline.

Compare the above example to a fictional -190 moneyline for favorite Boston. You would lay $190 to win $100.

If you think Boston will win by 2 or more, you could take the run line instead. You would lay $100 to win $220. You risk less money for a much higher payout.

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Exotic World Series Bets

First 5 Innings, props and parlays are all exotic bets. They’re great ways to diversify your World Series betting experience. Winning bettors should always bet parlays instead of separate straight bets. You’ll win substantially more money. Use our MLB betting tutorial to learn more.

1. World Series First 5 Innings Bet

This bet is similar to first half betting in football.

Moneyline F5
Moneyline F5 bets are on which team will be leading after 5 innings.

F5 Totals
F5 total bets are on the combined number of runs each team has scored after 5 innings.

World Series 5 Inning Bet Directions

  1. See the latest MLB 5 inning odds. Make sure to click “5 innings” or “5inn” at your sportsbook.
  2. Pick either the favorite or underdog to lead after 5 innings.
  3. Decide whether the run total will be over or under the sportsbook’s estimate after 5 innings.
  4. Bet the moneyline or total separately or together.

Note: F5 bets generally pay less than full game bets. These wagers don’t carry as much risk as their full game counterparts.

More Info

F5 bets are ideal for teams that take early leads, usually the result of a strong starting pitcher.

They’re are also preferable when a team has weak relief and closing pitchers. You won’t have to worry about seeing a winning full-game bet lose when the tides turn after the 7th inning stretch!

2. World Series Props

Sportsbooks offers odds on various events related to the World Series. Bettor decides whether an event will occur, in what quantity or both. Prop bets are considered side bets. They’re not dependent on the game’s final outcome.

Postseason play and the World Series will offer the most prop betting opportunities. The American and National League pennants may also get props.

Sportsbooks will begin posting props up to 10 days before major competitions begin. Monitor your sportbook’s wagering menu regularly.

World Series Prop Betting Directions

  1. Visit sportsbook’s MLB odds page. Select “Props” or “Specials”.
  2. Most props are announced before championship events. Others will be available throughout the season.
  3. Each prop has moneyline odds.
  4. Make selection and bet desired amount.
  5. Sports props win or lose after applicable game, season or playoff has concluded.

Note: Some props cannot be added to parlays. Check which props are eligible first.

Bets will be graded “no action” if the prop cannot be resolved. Or, some other intervening event disrupts the prop bet entirely (natural disaster, scheduling change, etc).

Example World Series Props

1. Series game total: 4.5 Games

  • Over 4.5 Games -1000
  • Under 4.5 Games +700

2. Series game total: 6 Games

  • Over 6 Games +110
  • Under 6 Games -130

3. World Series Outcome

Game/
Result
Dodgers Red Sox
4 +1400 +1200
5 +600 +600
6 +500 +400
7 +500 +450

4. When will the World Series End?

Game/
Result
Odds
4 +700
5 +300
6 +190
7 +200

5. Where will the 2018 World Series End?

  • Dodger Stadium +170
  • Fenway Park -200

More Info

Prop bets are usually just for fun. Only bet props if you have inside knowledge or after considerable research. You will do better, on average, with the straight bets discussed above.

3. World Series Parlay Betting

Combine 2 or more moneyline, run line or total selections. Parlay wins if all selections win. Parlay loses if any selection loses.

Each tie reduces the total number of selections by one. A 4 leg parlay with 1 tie becomes a 3 leg parlay. A 5 selection parlay with 2 ties becomes a 3 selection parlay. Your final payout will correspond to the updated parlay size.

World Series Parlay Directions

  1. Select 2-15 moneylines, run lines, totals, eligible props or combinations of all four.
  2. Include matchups from other sports like football, basketball or hockey.
  3. All selections must be correct to win.
  4. Each tie reduces parlay payout by 1 selection. Review your sportsbook’s parlay rules carefully.

Baseball Handicappers: Always remember that parlays benefit the winning bettor more than separate straight bets. Hint: A winning 3 team parlay pays more than 3 separate winning straight bets!

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Tables and Reference

World Series Results 1965-Present

World Series Results 1965-Present
YearWinnerSeries
Result
Loser
2019Washington Nationals4-3Houston Astros
2018Boston Red Sox4-1Los Angeles Dodgers
2017Houston Astros4-3Los Angeles Dodgers
2016Chicago Cubs4-3Cleveland Indians
2015Kansas City Royals4-1New York Mets
2014San Francisco Giants 4-3Kansas City Royals
2013Boston Red Sox4-2St. Louis Cardinals
2012San Francisco Giants4-0Detroit Tigers
2011St. Louis Cardinals4-3Texas Rangers
2010San Francisco Giants4-1Texas Rangers
2009New York Yankees4-2Philadelphia Phillies
2008Philadelphia Phillies4-1Tampa Bay Rays
2007Boston Red Sox4-0Colorado Rockies
2006St. Louis Cardinals4-1Detroit Tigers
2005Chicago White Sox4-0Houston Astros
2004Boston Red Sox4-0St. Louis Cardinals
2003Florida Marlins4-2New York Yankees
2002Anaheim Angels4-3San Francisco Giants
2001Arizona Diamondbacks4-3New York Yankees
2000New York Yankees4-1New York Mets
1999New York Yankees4-0Atlanta Braves
1998New York Yankees4-0San Diego Padres
1997Florida Marlins4-3Cleveland Indians
1996New York Yankees4-2Atlanta Braves
1995Atlanta Braves4-2Cleveland Indians
1994Players' Strike, No SeriesN/APlayers' Strike, No Series
1993Toronto Blue Jays4-2Philadelphia Phillies
1992Toronto Blue Jays4-2Atlanta Braves
1991Minnesota Twins4-3Atlanta Braves
1990Cincinnati Reds4-0Oakland Athletics
1989Oakland Athletics4-0San Francisco Giants
1988Los Angeles Dodgers4-1Oakland Athletics
1987Minnesota Twins4-3St. Louis Cardinals
1986New York Mets4-3Boston Red Sox
1985Kansas City Royals4-3St. Louis Cardinals
1984Detroit Tigers4-1San Diego Padres
1983Baltimore Orioles4-1Philadelphia Phillies
1982St. Louis Cardinals4-3Milwaukee Brewers
1981Los Angeles Dodgers4-2New York Yankees
1980Philadelphia Phillies4-2Kansas City Royals
1979Pittsburgh Pirates4-3Baltimore Orioles
1978New York Yankees4-2Los Angeles Dodgers
1977New York Yankees4-2Los Angeles Dodgers
1976Cincinnati Reds4-0New York Yankees
1975Cincinnati Reds4-3Boston Red Sox
1974Oakland Athletics4-1Los Angeles Dodgers
1973Oakland Athletics4-3New York Mets
1972Oakland Athletics4-3Cincinnati Reds
1971Pittsburgh Pirates4-3Baltimore Orioles
1970Baltimore Orioles4-1Cincinnati Reds
1969New York Mets4-1Baltimore Orioles
1968Detroit Tigers4-3St. Louis Cardinals
1967St. Louis Cardinals4-3Boston Red Sox
1966Baltimore Orioles4-0Los Angeles Dodgers
1965Los Angeles Dodgers4-3Minnesota Twins

World Series Appearances & Records 1965-Present

World Series Appearances by City and Franchise 1965-Present
TeamGamesRecord
New York Yankees3927-12
New York Giants197-12
Brooklyn Dodgers186-12
St. Louis Cardinals1810-8
Chicago White Sox1711-6
Philadelphia Athletics149-5
Detroit Tigers114-7
Chicago Cubs113-8
Cincinnati Reds95-4
Boston Braves93-6
Pittsburgh Pirates75-2
Philadelphia Phillies72-5
Baltimore Orioles63-3
Cleveland Indians62-4
New York Mets52-3
St. Louis Cardinals 52-3
Kansas City Royals42-2
No World Series42-2
Minnesota Twins32-1
Houston Astros31-2
Washington Senators31-2
Florida Marlins22-0
Toronto Blue Jays22-0
Brooklyn Robins20-2
San Diego Padres20-2
Texas Rangers20-2
Anaheim Angels11-0
Arizona Diamondbacks11-0
Boston Americans11-0
Washington Nationals11-0
St. Louis Browns10-1
Tampa Bay Rays10-1

References


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Series_champions
herosports.com/mlb/world-series-odds-prop-bets-red-sox-dodgers-aiai