Being a sports fan and being able to place bets on sports is something almost everyone can enjoy. The odds are always in your favor when betting on sports, which is why many people turn to betting as a way of making extra cash or even just for fun. The problem is that not all sports are created equal. Certain games have a lot more statistical significance than others, which makes them more suitable for statistical analysis. This is where things can get a bit tricky when it comes to placing bets on sports because certain stats can mean different things depending on the sport. For this reason, it is important to familiarize yourself with a few key stats before attempting to place any sort of wager on sports.
Runs scored is the total number of runs that a team has scored throughout the entire game. This stat can vary from game to game, but on average, most baseball games will see around 4-6 runs scored per game. A lot of this has to do with the fact that most baseball games are pretty low scoring affairs. It is not uncommon for a game to see only 2-3 hours of actual gameplay. The runs scored stat will reflect this.
So what does this mean for you the bettor? Well, for one thing, it means that your odds of winning are actually not very good. The reason behind this is that most runs are scored early in the game, toward the beginning. By the time the game is over, there may not be much left to score, which is why most games end in a pretty even standoff, with nothing much to predict. For this reason, runs scored is not a good indicator of future results.
Walks scored is the total number of walks that a team has scored throughout the entire game. This is a bit of a different stat altogether, as it measures the amount of contact a hitter makes with the baseball, as opposed to the runs scored stat which measures the amount of damage a player does on the field. A walk will often result in the batter reaching base however, so it is not like these two stats are completely unrelated. The average American League baseball game will see around 4-6 walks scored per game, although it can vary widely from game to game. These are just numbers that show up from time to time, so it is not like any kind of pattern is really present here.
This stat will give you some better idea of how a certain batter is doing on that day, as there will be more walks and runs scored than usual. More often than not, this means that the player is having a good day and is also drawing a considerable amount of walks. Conversely, if the stat is low, then it may mean that the player is having a bad day and is striking out a lot. As a general rule of thumb, a walk on a given day will usually mean that the batter is either very lucky or very skillful – there is rarely any inbetween.
Strikeouts is the total number of times a pitcher knocks a batter out of the game with a pitch. The average game will see around 4-6 strikeouts per team per game, with the most likely outcome being that the game will end in a no-contest, as neither team will be able to score against each other. A lot of this has to do with the fact that almost all of baseball is played today on very nice outdoor surfaces. Hitters are unable to hit the ball very far, so they have to depend on the solid wood bats to do most of the damage. This makes for a lot of strikeouts, especially toward the end of games when the pitcher has nothing more to offer and the batter keeps going up there, looking for that perfect pitch. Strikes are often a matter of bad luck as well, so there is not much you can do to change this outcome.
The more important thing here is that you have to keep in mind what inning the game is in. The later it is in the game, the more likely it is that there will be less scoring and more strikeouts. Something else to keep in mind is that a batter is safe at first base on a walk or a hit by pitch, so if you want to wager on this particular category, it is usually better to wait until a batter is on base, to avoid any suspicious actions on your part.
Hits is the total number of times a batter gets a hit during the course of the game. Since there are three strikes in a baseball game, this stat can sometimes be a matter of good fortune as well as good hitting. The more often a player gets hits, the better, as this means he or she is probably doing something right. The average game will see around 5-7 hits per team per game, with the most likely outcome being that the game will end in a no-contest, as neither team will be able to score against each other. Most of the time when this happens, it is simply because one team is just much better than the other and it shows in the numbers. Even when a game ends in a draw, there will usually be one team that came out on top based on the numbers alone. This is why hits is a stat that can help you form an opinion on whether or not a particular hitter is having a good day or a bad day.
Home runs, or more specifically, home run hitters are responsible for most of the damage when it comes to walks and strikeouts, as they are the ones who can knock the ball out of the park. The average major league baseball game will see around 4-6 home runs per team per season. However, this number will vary widely from game to game, as well as from season to season. There are several different factors which can contribute to this number, but often times, it is just a product of good fortune as well as good hitting. The later it gets in the game, the more runs and home runs will be scored, so the later it gets, the more likely it is that a home run will be hit. This does not mean that home runs do not happen in the early innings of the season, but it just means that it is more likely that they will happen in the later innings. You will often see people talk about how the home run hitters’ era has ended, because prior to 2013, this stat was almost impossible to accumulate. This is why it is a good idea to wait until after the season to place bets on home runs, as you will have a much better chance of backing the right horse. The other thing to keep in mind here is that the pitcher is responsible for keeping the ball in the ballpark, so it is usually best not to bet on them, as they will more than likely end up losing the game, due to their inability to keep the ball in the park. It would be much easier to hit the ball out of the park if the pitcher was not responsible for keeping it there in the first place.
Runs allowed is the total number of runs that the opposing team scores against a team, per game. This stat is very similar to the walks scored stat, because the more a team lets their opponents score, the more they will allow themselves to be victimized by the odd outlier. The overall game plan here is very simple: let the other team hit, so you can catch them out on a mistake. The key difference here is that instead of focusing on the walks scored stat, you should be looking at the runs allowed stat. If you compare the two, you will see that runs allowed is usually two to three times as high as walks scored, which makes it a much better indicator of future results. The reason behind this is that runners are much easier to catch out, so they will more often than not end up costing the pitcher and/or team a victory. There is also a lot more variance in runs allowed than there is in walks scored, which makes it a bit more difficult to back the under. The only advantage to this kind of wagering is that you are not required to make very large bets, as a few runs here and there do not seem out of the question, given the right circumstances.
Team Batting Average
Batting average is the total number of runs per game, divided by the number of at bats in the game. This is a very simplified way of looking at the overall batting average of a team, as it does not take into account several other factors, such as on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The average game will see around 4-6 runs per team per game, with the most likely ending being that the game will end in a no-contest, as neither team will be able to score against each other. Similar to the previous stat, this is simply because it is very hard to accumulate many hits when you are pitching, as this causes a lot of the games to end in a tie. The average team batting average will more than likely hover around.250-.300, so it is very rare to see a team batting average under.200 or over.300.