Introduction to the MLB Standings
An MLB betting season consists of each team playing 162 games. These games result in a win or loss, with no tie given. There will always be a winner.
Each game is nine innings, and whoever scores the most runs wins. If the two teams are tied after nine innings, extra innings will be played until a team wins. At the beginning of every extra inning, a runner is placed on 2nd base in an attempt to speed up the game.
If a team is 50 games through the season and won half of their games, their record would be 25-25. If they won 40 games and lost 10, it will read as 40-10. The best record in a 162-game season is 116-46. Most playoff teams need at least 90 wins to make the playoffs. With the MLB Playoffs starting to expand by adding more teams, that number may change.
MLB standings are pretty easy to follow and understand. The divisional rankings are the most important ones where rivalries begin.
MLB Divisions Standings Explained
There are two leagues in the MLB, consisting of six divisions in total. The American League has three divisions with 15 teams total, and the National League also has three divisions with 15 teams total. There are 30 teams total, and 12 of them can participate in the playoffs.
The American League consists of the AL East, AL Central, and the AL West, while the National League consists of the NL East, NL Central, and NL West.
Betting odds typically depend on home field advantage, records of the two teams, and starting pitchers. Each pitching rotation typically has five pitchers, and teams are more likely to win when their ace is on the mound.
The best team in each division goes to the playoffs, while the remaining three teams with the best record in each division will compete in the Wild Card. There is no longer a Game 163 to determine who goes to the playoffs, and an extensive tie-breaker process will occur.