Pitchers and catchers still have more than a month to go before reporting to their designated MLB spring training sites. Yet, it is not too early for MLB fans to start thinking about a new season of MLB betting.
Coming off last season when the Washington Nationals made a dramatic run all the way to a World Series title as a wild card team, bettors can start thinking about which team with longer odds may have what it takes to pull of the same feat this year.
The betting odds to win the 2020 World Series have been posted for quite some time. You can also find futures odds to win both the American and National League Pennant.
As an added bonus for early January, there are posted MLB futures odds for which two teams will clash in this season’s Fall Classic.
2020 World Series Actual Matchup
The New York Yankees became the clear favorite to win the AL Pennant at +140 when they signed Gerrit Cole as the top free agent starter. The fact that he pitched for Houston last season simply widened the gap with New York’s biggest competition in the AL.
The Astros are +300 second-favorites to win their third AL Pennant in four seasons.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been favored to win the NL Pennant in each of the last several seasons. They had won the league title in 2017 and 2018 before getting tripped up by Washington in the NLDS last year. The Dodgers’ odds to return to the World Series in 2020 top the list in the NL at +250. All the right pieces remain in place as the most talented team on the list.
The odds that New York and Los Angeles stay true to form and live up to expectations to face one another in the 2020 World Series are also the best on the board at +725.
Given each team’s roster and the fact that they will both probably add a few more role players to the mix, there is some solid value going chalk in this futures bet.
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The next best odds on the board at +1300 have the Atlanta Braves taking the Dodgers’ place against the Yankees. This is also a value play with Atlanta coming off their NL East title run. The Braves are +500 second-favorites to win the NL.
Also at +1300 is a Dodgers vs. Astros rematch of the 2017 Fall Classic. Houston went on to win that series in the full seven games. The loss of Cole takes some bite out of Houston’s starting lineup but this team still has enough talent to give the Yankees a battle in the AL title race. This is still the second-best team on paper as a high-value play.
A pair of teams to watch would be the Boston Red Sox as +800 third-favorites to win the AL and the Philadelphia Phillies as +700 third-favorites on the NL futures list. For anyone looking for a value pick at much longer odds, you can get +7000 that these two teams make it all the way to the 2020 World Series.
The top-value pick on the board would be a Nationals vs. Yankees matchup at +2000. Washington was able to resign Stephen Strasburg as last year’s World Series MVP. Repeating as NL Champions in 2020 would be a tall task but they were not even supposed to make the playoffs last year.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.