Anticipation over MLB’s annual Opening Day festivities was starting to build just when measures to control the spread of the coronavirus were put into effect. The remainder of the spring training exhibition schedule was cancelled and the start of the 2020 regular season was put on hold.
Nobody knows for sure when daily MLB games will be back on the betting board at online sportsbooks. However, what is becoming more and more evident each day is that playing the full 162-game schedule does not seem possible given some of the more likely scenarios to start the regular season.
A great example of this is a three-part MLB prop option at one top-rated online book covering the actual start of the 2020 season as follows:
MLB Games June 1 or Sooner:
MLB Games July 1 or Sooner:
MLB Games August 1 or Sooner:
These prop odds have been posted for a few days and the movement in the numbers suggest that the betting public is not all that confident that baseball will be back in business anytime soon.
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This is all pure speculation that is likely being fueled by bettor’s thoughts on this dire situation in mid-March when things appear to be at their worst.
The prospect of a shortened season will have a ripple effect on the MLB futures odds to win the 2020 World Series as well as each league’s pennant. Betting odds for individual division races also make for intriguing bets.
Traditionally, teams that are out of the playoff race by the All-Star break in mid-July tend to fold up their tent and ride out the string. They might trade off a few high-priced players to start planning for next year.
The shortened 2020 campaign could easily create a scenario where the bulk of the teams still have a chance to win their division in a modified 80-game schedule.
At the very least, the six division races should all remain somewhat tight depending on how many games get shaved off the schedule.
In the American League, the New York Yankees (-300), Minnesota Twins (-150) and Houston Astros (-190) are still odds-on favorites to win their respective division race.
This might add value to Tampa Bay at +300 odds to win the AL East, Cleveland at +275 in the AL Central and Oakland at +300 to win the AL West.
Over in the National League, the MLB division futures still lean heavily towards the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the NL West as -750 favorites. Which so much uncertainty in the air, a small bet on Arizona as a +900 second-favorite or even San Diego at +1200 might make sense.
The other two division races should remain really tight no matter how many regular season games are actually played. The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are co-favorites to win the NL East at +225 followed by the New York Mets (+275) and the Philadelphia Phillies (+350).
The NL Central is just as tight. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs are at the top of the list as +225 favorites. The Cincinnati Reds are +275 third-favorites followed by the Milwaukee Brewers at +350 odds.
Not even a reliable crystal ball could figure out ‘best bets’ to win those two division races.
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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.
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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.