Consider these 10 MLB Stadiums when Betting the Over Runs
As the season begins, what ball parks will have a noticeable effect on player performance and a teams winning record. Some ballparks favor hitters while some favor pitchers.
The dimensions can favor right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters or both.
Types of hitters like power home run hitters or extra base gap hitters have certain advantages at different ball parks. The rankings for for all thirty MLB stadiums are calculated from previous season statistics.
Each park has a database of outfield dimensions, foul territory space, fence heights, playing surface. Other factors like altitude at Coors field, home to the Colorado Rockies, or wind conditions at Wrigley Field
Here are the Top 10 MLB Hitter Friendly Ball Parks
- Coors Field
Coors field has always been at the top for hitters because a baseball travels better and farther at high altitudes. The venue also has a huge outfield space which helps hitters put balls in play and increases batting averages. Bettors see the over run total at Coors field at 11 to 13 runs, far above any other ball park.
- Chase Field
Chase field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, ranks a second spot behind Coors field. The elevation at 1000 feet and short fences in left field are beneficial to hitters. When the retractable roof is open, hitting statistics went up more. Chase field has the third highest rate of extra base hits in the game.
- Miller Park
Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers, is in the top 3 of hitter friendly ballparks. The 620 feet altitude and retractable roof helps hitters and the short measurements to right center was best for left-handed hitters.
- Fenway Park
Fenway Park, the famous park of Boston Red Sox, has the smallest foul territory in the majors. The venue ranks best for runs scored, extra base hits for right-handed hitters. The “Green Monster” closeness to home plate helps hitters with the parks unique dimensions. Bettors know the over 9 or 10 run total is a good bet. No lead is safe at Fenway and the Red Sox usually have a potent lineup.
- The Great American Ball Park
Home to the Cincinnati Reds, was ranked high because it is second best home run ball park for hitters from both sides. Lefties have a slight advantage in home runs but was an average park for hits and runs.
- Oriole Park at Camden Yard
Oriole Park at Camden Yard, home to Baltimore Orioles, has the highest right field fence in the majors at 25 feet. However, it is fourth in league for lefty homers and sixth for runs scored.
- Rogers Centre
Rogers Centre, home to Toronto Blue Jays, has a retractable roof and 268 feet altitude. It ranks high in home runs and extra base hits but average for runs and batting average.
- Globe Life Park in Arlington
Globe Life Park in Arlington, home to the Texas Rangers, has an altitude of 543 feet and a grass field. The venue ranks fourth in runs and hits with the hottest temperatures in baseball. Small foul territory but below average for homers.
- Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium, home to the NY Yankees was the best stadium for home runs in 2016. The short right field is a boost to lefty hitters and power righty hitters who can hit to right field. This right field power advantage is offset by the lowest ranking for extra base hits.
- Guaranteed Rate Field
Guaranteed Rate Field, home to Chicago White Sox, has an altitude of 600 feet with grass field. The venue was seventh best for homers, best in walks and average for runs. Was rated high for left-handed hitters.
To recap, here are the top 10 hitter friendly MLB parks
The Great American Ball Park
Oriole Park at Camden Yard
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Guaranteed Rate Field
Favorable mention on middle ten ranked hitter friendly stadiums
Indians at Progressive Field
Twins at Target Field
Tigers at Comerica Park
Phillies at Citizen Bank Park
Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Cubs at Wrigley Field
Nationals at National Park
Astros at Minute Maid Park
Cardinals at Busch Stadium
Braves at Sun Trust Stadium
Is MLB totals betting a good strategy
Many sports bettors say betting on totals (overs/unders) is easier than trying to predict the winner of a game. Sportsbooks place smaller betting limits on totals than sides because they are more vulnerable to the totals bettor. The books prefer bettors wager on parlays, teasers, point spreads or the money line.
Totals is a betting option for bettors to wager on the over bet or the under bet based on the final score. The winner of a totals bet is determined by adding the final score of both teams. You do not need to specify the two teams playing but announce over only or under only on game rotation number.
If the Jets are playing the Dolphins and the posted total is 40, the teams must score more than 40 points to win an over bet. If the Dolphins win 24-17, you made a winning bet. If the Dolphins were to win 24-14, you lose the over bet and win the under bet. But, it does not matter who wins or losses. If the final score added up to 40, the bet is called a push or a tie, and your money is returned to you.
Football and basketball totals can be bet before the game or at half-time
When betting on football and basketball totals, the bettor risks $11 to win $10. Most NFL football totals will range between 36 and 52, with an average number right around 42 points. Sometimes, the over bet total for a game of 43 points can be a winning bet by half-time with a 24 to 20 score. The under bet can look good until the fourth quarter when teams find their offense. Teams can score a bunch of points from turnovers or pick 6 to ruin your under bet.
If two high scoring teams with poor defenses are playing each other, the total number is around 50 points. On rare occasions, two sound defensive teams playing in poor, cold weather, may see the total dip below 36. Total bettors look for that soft total posted where the books sense they are vulnerable without much room to move.
The difference between college and pro ball betting
College football totals will always be higher than the NFL because of the scheduling mis-matches. Total numbers in college games are common between the 55 to 65 point range with larger totals reaching 70 to 75 points. College scores of 52 to 28 are a common scoreboard posting every Saturday.
Basketball totals work in the same manner as football totals, where the bettor risks $11 to win $10. The totals number is much higher with many more points being scored in a basketball game. The totals can range from 120 for a low scoring NCAA team and well above 200 points for an NBA game. An average NBA range is usually between 195 and 220 points.
Baseball and hockey totals are not as popular as the NFL or NBA totals
Baseball and hockey totals wagers use the same principal as football and basketball totals.The bookmaker posts a number and you can bet either over or under the total. The one essential difference is the amount of money a bettor must risk in order to win $100.
Scoring in baseball and hockey is so much lower than in football or basketball The bookmakers are reluctant to change the number of a total and instead will adjust the money odds. If the total number on the Dodgers and the Giants is 9 runs the bookmaker is unlikely to raise the total to 9.5. Instead, he will make bettors who wager over 9 risk $120 to win $100.
Consider totals betting to picking sides
The under bet is even money or +100. Your totals bet can cost more or less depending on your preference. The bookmaker will generally raise the money odds up to -145 before raising the total to the next number at 9.5 runs.
Betting totals is another way to add some excitement to a game. Many times it will offer more betting value than trying to pick the winner. Serious bettors concentrate on totals, believing they are easier to win than picking a team to cover the spread.