MLB Betting Odds

Latest live MLB odds from top Ohio sportsbooks

Online sports betting is expected in Ohio, but not live as of yet. This page will be updated with the latest news, odds and promos once Ohio sportsbooks are live. 

The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians (formerly known as the “Cleveland Indians”) both made it to the playoffs in 2020. While they were bounced in the opening round, it still gave the baseball faithful in Ohio a thrill. With the impending introduction of legal sports betting, fans in the state could find a new way to interact with the game and their favorite teams.

The top sportsbooks in the Buckeye State will be at the ready with plenty of ways to bet on baseball all season long. Here’s a look at the latest MLB odds at Ohio sportsbooks plus some interesting Reds and Guardians betting trends.

MLB live odds

From opening day to the last game of the World Series, there are plenty of MLB games to wager on. Sportsbooks will have odds for each game on the docket all season long. The main listing will feature the top pregame bets: moneylines, run lines and totals. All three bring in lots of action, so you can expect to see the lines move right up to first pitch.

World Series odds

The World Series is the culmination of the lengthy MLB season. All year long, there’s plenty of debate about which team will take down the next edition. And fans can bet on the next champ in the MLB futures market. World Series odds come out soon after the Fall Classic is over and will shift in response to betting action and other developments as the season plays out.

AL and NL winner odds

To make it to the World Series, a team has to win its league first. Each season, there are a number of viable contenders to make it happen on both the American League and National League sides of the equation. You can bet on the league winners in the MLB futures market. Odds for all 30 teams will come out early in the offseason, as well.

AL Winner odds

NL Winner odds

MLB player prop odds

MLB futures also let you look into the crystal ball on the individual players and how the season will shake out for them. You can place your bets on things like which player will win the MVP or Cy Young award, or lead the league in home runs or strikeouts.

Trout MVP odds

Ohtani MVP odds

Soto MVP odds

Best MLB betting sites in Ohio

As Ohio sports betting continues to expand, several sportsbooks have emerged as go-to spots for bettors. DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, for instance, attract lots of betting action and boast plenty of users. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’re perfect. Here are the strengths and weaknesses for all three books:

SportsbookProsCons
DraftKings OhioSmooth platform with awesome layout for prop bets.Could use more regular MLB promos and odds boosts.
FanDuel OhioEasy to use and visually appealing, great for parlays.No prop betting menu for the entire slate; have to click on each game.
BetMGM OhioSolid approach for live betting, solid ongoing promo offers.Moneyline odds aren’t always competitive with the rest of the market.

Cincinnati Reds odds

A return to the postseason in 2020 has the arrow potentially pointing up in Cincinnati. Are the Reds really contenders or do they fall into the category of pretenders? Our Cincinnati Reds team odds page has some answers, as well as other key info about baseball in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds player props

Player props for the individual games are huge attractions at sportsbooks. These are bets that let you focus on how individual players might perform in the game. Think Joey Votto is about to go yard? Think you know how many Ks Tyler Mahle is going to rack up? You’ll find odds for wagers like that and many more.

Joey Votto odds

Mike Moustakas odds

Luis Castillo odds

Cleveland Guardians odds

The Guardians have been solid contenders in the AL Central for a while, though with the trade of Francisco Lindor after the 2020 season, it’s unclear where the current group goes from here. Our dedicated Cleveland Guardians odds page, however, is the place to go to find out everything you need to know.

Cleveland Guardians player props

Each time the Guardians get set to take the field, you’ll have a slew of player props to choose from. You can focus on the accomplishments of top stars like Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber, or go even deeper with players who tend to fly under the radar. You can also bet on season long props like who will hit the most home runs.

Jose Ramirez odds

Shane Bieber odds

Amed Rosario odds

How to read MLB lines and odds

When you visit an online sportsbook, you’ll find a dedicated link for MLB or baseball. Once you click on it, the betting lobby will automatically list all of the upcoming games. They’ll appear in order by start time. For each matchup, it’s the home team on the bottom with the road side on top. An example game may look like this.

 Run LineMoneylineTotal
Cincinnati Reds+1.5 (-150)+105Over 8.5 (-110)
Cleveland Guardians-1.5 (+130)-125 Under 8.5 (-110)

Next to the two teams are a series of numbers. From left to right, these are the odds and lines for run line, moneyline and total bets. When reading the numbers, here’s what to remember:

  • Negative numbers: On the run line and money line, the side with the negative number is the favorite.
  • Positive numbers: Positive numbers on the run line and moneyline indicate the underdog.
  • Odds and lines: For run lines and totals, there are two numbers: the sportsbook’s line and the odds for placing the bet.

Going back to our example, the Guardians are favored on the run line and moneyline in a game with the over/under at 8.5 runs. Knowing what the odds board is telling you is a big first step toward finding some success with legal MLB betting.

The odds can also help you figure out how much you could get back on winning bets. Here’s a quick way to ballpark it based on the direction of the odds.

  • When odds are negative, that’s how much you have to bet to win back $100.
    • A $125 bet at odds of -125 returns a profit of $100 if you win.
  • When odds are positive, it’s equal to how much you’ll get back on successful $100 bets.
    • A $100 bet at odds of +105 returns a profit of $105 if you win.

When you first encounter MLB betting odds, the board can seem pretty confusing. However, a little bit of practice can help you overcome the learning curve quickly. You’ll be able to view upcoming slates of games with confidence and pick your spots that much easier.

Finding the best MLB betting lines

While the overall market for MLB betting lines will likely be similar from sportsbook to sportsbook, that doesn’t mean that you’ll always find exactly the same numbers. As such, you should try to shop around to find the best prices if there’s a bet you want to place.

Each sportsbook sets its own lines, so there may be differences in how they view an upcoming game. For example, one book may have the favorite in a game at -140, while another book has the same team at -135.

While that looks like only a small difference, it can add up over time, and you also may find larger differences in places. MLB betting lines can also shift in response to betting action and other developments after the initial release. Since the various online sports betting sites take in different wager amounts on each side of a game, it’s impossible for them to always be in sync.

Line shopping, which simply means that you are comparing the odds across a range of sportsbooks, can help you spot the favorable and unfavorable situations. It’s a valuable tool as you work toward building up success with MLB betting.