Way Too Early MLB Odds to Win The 2020 World Series
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
The Houston Astros were one of the top favorites to win the 2019 World Series heading into last season. Key additions before the trade deadline cemented their position as clear favorites to win a second MLB title in three seasons. Unfortunately for bettors going chalk, the up-start Washington Nationals got in the way in one of the biggest upsets in the World Series in recent memory.
When it comes to Houston’s free agents, the name at the top of the list is starter Gerrit Cole. He was a huge part of the team’s success this season and he remains a big piece of the puzzle for a successful title run in 2020. If the Astros can keep their current roster fairly intact, they would have to be considered the best-valued team on the board heading into next season.
The second-favorite across all of these online books is the New York Yankees. Bovada actually has the Yankees listed as co-favorites with Houston at +600 betting odds. New York was the team to beat heading into last season on most MLB futures list, but its early exit in the postseason came at the hands of Houston in a 4-2 series loss in the ALCS.
The Yankees have a couple of key players on their free-agent list, but they should remain the next-best team in the AL by the time the 2020 season comes around. New York is built to win titles, so you know the front office is going to spend the right money to put the best team possible on the field. The competitive nature of the AL East is the only real obstacle to another division title.
Moving down the list across all four books, the general consensus for the third-favorite to win the 2020 World Series would be the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both BetOnline and Bovada have them listed as +800 odds. Following two straight trips to the Fall Classic in 2017 and 2018, the Dodgers were stunned by the Nationals in the NLDS in a 3-2 series loss.
Los Angeles will have to pony up some serious cash for pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu as its most expensive free agent, but this is another team that is not afraid to spend money when it comes to fielding a winning team. As the class of the National League, look for a few high-profile player signings that will bolster the Dodgers’ lofty status. One of these seasons it will all come together to add some value to these early 2020 World Series odds.
The reigning champion Washington Nationals are tied with the Boston Red Sox as +1200 fourth-favorites to win again in 2020. That magical ride is going to be extremely hard to duplicate to actually drain some value in those odds. The Nationals also have pressing free agent issues to contend with for some key starters in the rotation.
Boston is always going to be a team to watch in the AL East as it begins to reload for another World Series run. Once again, the competitive nature of that division does impact the value of the early odds for the Red Sox.