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Baseball Basics: Watching A Game

Ok, it is time to learn the basics of what goes on in a baseball game, and to make it easier for the newbie it will be split into two posts, over two weeks.

Part One will cover the bare bones about # of games, game break down and how a batter can get on base.


Baseball season starts in February and ends in October, consisting of three segments, preseason, regular season and post-season.

  1. Pre-season or Spring Training starts in February.
  2. Regular Season starts the first week in April, ending in late September – early October.
  3. Post-Season or Playoffs takes up the month of October, finishing up with the World Series.

There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball.

In a regular season each team plays 162 games.*


  • Each team uses nine players in a game.
  • A baseball game is played for nine innings.**
  • Each inning lasts through both teams having a chance at bat and in the field.
  • To start the game, the visiting team will be up at bat first while the home team takes the field.
  • The team at bat hits through three outs and then the teams switch.


  • The goal of the game is to score runs.

    A grand-slam diagram.

  • In order to score a run the batter must safely touch first, second, and third bases and end back at home plate.
  • There are many ways to score runs and for batters to get on a base. Here are the basics:
  1. SINGLE: a batter makes it safely to first base.
  2. DOUBLE: a batter makes it safely to second base without stopping.
  3. TRIPLE: a the batter makes it safely to third base without stopping.
  4. HOME RUN: a batter makes it safely around all bases, and back to home without stopping.
  5. GRAND-SLAM: is a home run, when all the bases are already occupied with a runner, or when the bases or loaded.
  6. WALK: when the batter is pitched four balls, automatically sending him to first base.
  7. HIT BY PITCH: the pitcher hits the batter with the ball, automatically allowing him to go to first base.
  8. ERROR: is when the fielding team makes a mistake (bad throw ir dropping a ball) thus allowing the batter to safely make it to a base. Recorded as an error by the fielder, no credit for a hit given to the batter.

* exception of tied record within a division where an extra game is played to decide post-season spot.

** in the event of a tie score at the end of the ninth inning, a game goes into extra innings until an inning ends with one team having more runs scored.


Betting on the game will change dependent on the bookmaker, but as an outline, we’ve copied the below for our readers. (All credit goes to Betway)

  • All extra innings played will count in all markets
  • National and American league winner bets are determined on the champion of the two League Championship Series in the playoffs.

Side and Prop Betting

  • In the event of a game being suspended, winners and losers are determined after at least 5 innings, or four and a half if the home team is winning. If a match is postponed, the victor is determined by the score after the preceding inning. Stakes will be reimbursed if the home team draws the match, and is then suspended

Total and run line Betting

  • If wagering on total runs, or run lines, the match must go to 9 innings as a minimum to remain valid.
  • When placing a “Player match bet” all players must compete in the match to remain valid.
  • In the event of a 2 runner event being a draw or precisely the amount of quoted points and no value is obtainable, and then the outcome is a “push”. When this happens, the result of single bets is to return stakes, multiple bets will be treated as a non-runner and the bet will be established on the outstanding selections.

Innings Runs betting

  • The full inning must be decided for bets to remain valid unless extra play could not affect the outcome.


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