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Where To Bet MLB 5-Inning Runlines


We’ve covered MLB 5-Inning Lines in the past here, but today we are going to get a bit more in-depth on them. There are multiple ways to bet MLB 5-Inning Lines and today we are going to be talking about 5-Inning Runlines.

The runline is basically a spread like in basketball or football, but for a baseball game. The runline for a full game is 1.5 runs, but for a 5-Inning bet it is 0.5 runs. With the 5-inning lines we like how you can strictly focus on the starter and with such a small runline, we can feel even more confident in betting it.

This is a bet we like quite a bit and today we are going to show you how we bet it, where to bet it and our strategy for betting it. Let’s get into it.

Where To Bet MLB 5-Inning Runlines:

America: Bovada offer 5-Inning Runlines on all of the day’s games.

Canada: You can’t do much better than Sports Interaction who offer five-inning lines on every MLB game including 5-inning runlines and totals.

Everywhere Else: 5-Inning runlines are classified as “First Half MLB wagers” on Pinnacle Sports. That’s not technically correct, but they do offer them as well as 5-Inning totals and moneylines.

What is an MLB 5-Inning Runline?

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The 5-Inning Runline is a bet set on the first five innings of a baseball game where you either bet with an extra 0.5 runs or give an extra 0.5 runs added to your score. For instance, if you were betting the Dodgers (the favorite) against the Cardinals (the underdog) you would need them to be winning the game at the end of five innings. While if you bet the Cardinals, you would need to be winning or tied because you are adding 0.5 runs to the score.

Common MLB 5-Inning Runline Questions:

Do underdogs have an edge in a 5-Innng Runline?

The key here is that is a relatively short period of time and in a short amount of time, anything can happen. While the better teams end up doing better over a long sample. The best hitter can go 0-for-2 or 0-for-3, but it becomes less likely as time goes on. That’s the theory at least.

That said, the lines are set this way for a reason. The underdog does have a slight advantage in that they are getting 0.5 runs added to their total. So they would need to be tied after five innings while the favorite needs to be winning. Is that an advantage? I don’t think so. That’s just what the spread is. The spread is set that way for a reason.

How To Bet MLB Five-Inning Runlines:

Bovada: From the sportsbook, select “Baseball” from the menu, then “MLB”. The day’s games will be listed here with the 5-inning runlines right there on the page.

Sports Interaction:: From the left side of the website find “Baseball” and click that. Underneath there you should find “MLB” and the day’s games will be listed with a 5-Inning option for each one.

Pinnacle Sports: Right from the homepage scroll down to “MLB Betting” and click “MLB Odds” from there. The day’s games should be posted with a link to the 5-Inning variations of the lines.

MLB 5-Inning Runlines Betting Strategy:

There is less margin for error when it comes to betting 5-inning runlines so if you are going to follow a starter, make sure that starter is really good and reliable. You don’t want to follow a #3 starter on a team who could easily implode.

One strategy that I’ve seen many people have success with is to look at the two or three biggest moneylines of the day and then attack the 5-inning runline. This is a good strategy as the biggest favorites are typically the best teams with the best pitchers against some of the worst.

Variants To A MLB 5-Inning Runline: