We still don’t know when the MLB season will start, but in the meantime, we’re going to continue our futures betting coverage. Today, I’m sharing my 2020 MLB division futures best bets.
The only massive favorite in the divisions futures market are the Los Angeles Dodgers (-750).
The New York Yankees (-275) are the next biggest favorite to win the American League East division in 2020. The other four MLB divisions are expected to be very close races during the regular season.
2020 American League Central Futures Prediction
Bet on the Minnesota Twins to Win the AL Central (-135)
I prefer betting on plus money futures, but I can’t pass up the Twins here.
At just –135, the Twins are a great bet to win the AL Central. They easily have the best team in the division and it isn’t even close. They won the division last season after winning 101 games.
They also set the single-season record for the most home runs (307). They ranked first in the league in RBIs (906) and second in runs (939) last season. The team lost C.J. Cron (25 HRs in 2019), but they added Josh Donaldson to bat clean up (37 HRs in 2019). This team will score a ton of runs.
The pitching rotation is far from great. Jose Berrios still has to improve to become a true ace and the rest of the rotation after Jake Odorizzi is questionable at best. However, the pitching staff ended last season with a team ERA of 4.18, which was good for 8th best in the majors.
The AL Central is a weak division. The Cleveland Indians had 93 wins in 2019, but they traded away Corey Kluber for peanuts to continue their cost-cutting measures.
The Chicago White Sox should see the biggest improvement in the AL Central and could provide some solid value throughout the season for those betting on baseball. Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez are nice veteran additions to the pitching staff. The problem is the White Sox only won 72 games in 2019 and they still don’t have the top-to-bottom talent that the Twins have.
2020 National League East Futures Prediction
Bet on the Atlanta Braves to Win the NL East (+210)
The NL East has improved a lot this off-season and that’s why we’re liking the Braves at +210 odds.
Atlanta has won the NL East the last two seasons. In 2019, they finished the regular season with 97 wins, which was four more than the Washington Nationals (93 Wins).
I’m betting on the Braves to win the NL East because they have hitting and pitching depth.
The Braves lost Donaldson, Keuchel and Julio Teheran during the off-season. However, they replaced Donaldson’s big bat with Marcell Ozuna (29 HRs in 2019). Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies will likely lead the batting order. Freddie Freeman is coming off a 38 HR / 121 RBI season in 2019.
Atlanta Braves | Mic'd Up Highlights | Spring Training 2020 | Albies & Freeman
Atlanta ranked #6 in RBIs (824), #8 in HRs (249) and #9 in batting average (.258) in 2019.
While the bats are strong, the pitching is expected to be even better. Mike Soroka is an ace and the team went out and added Cole Hamels. With Mike Foltynewicz and Max Fried in the rotation as well, the Braves have one of the deepest pitching rotations in the league in 2020.
The Braves ranked #10 in team ERA (4.19) and #7 in quality starts (76) last season.
2020 National League Central Futures Prediction
Bet on the Cincinnati Reds to Win the NL Central (+260)
The Reds have become a trendy pick to win the NL Central, but I can see it happening.
First off, the Milwaukee Brewers should regress after a rough off-season. They lost a lot of offense without replacing any of it. Last season, the Cardinals won the division with 91 wins, two more than the Brewers (89 Wins). However, the Cardinals lost Ozuna in the middle of the batting order.
They failed to replace Ozuna and will be relying Paul Goldschmidt to have a better year after having a disappointing first season in St. Louis. I also think the pitching staff played above expectations and will regress in 2020. That leaves the division open for the Cubs or Reds.
I’m going with the new-look Reds. First off, they should have the best pitching staff in the division with the likes of Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani in the mix.
I also like the moves they made this off-season. The batting order now features Nick Castellanos and Mike Moustakas in the middle, which will take a lot of pressure off of Joey Votto.
Updated 2020 MLB Division Futures Odds
Here are the latest betting odds to win every MLB division in 2020 from BetOnline:
American League Central
Minnesota Twins (-135), Chicago White Sox (+300), Cleveland Indians (+325), Kansas City Royals (+3300) and Detroit Tigers (+6600)
American League East
New York Yankees (-275), Tampa Bay Rays (+300), Boston Red Sox (+1200), Toronto Blue Jays (+3300) and Baltimore Orioles (+6600)
American League West
Houston Astros (-145), Oakland Athletics (+225), Los Angeles Angels (+600), Texas Rangers (+2200) and Seattle Mariners (+5000)
National League Central
Chicago Cubs (+240), St. Louis Cardinals (+240), Cincinnati Reds (+260), Milwaukee Brewers (+350) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+8000)
National League East
Atlanta Braves (+210), New York Mets (+240), Washington Nationals (+240), Philadelphia Phillies (+425) and Miami Marlins (+15000)
National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers (-750), Arizona Diamondbacks (+900), San Diego Padres (+1100), Colorado Rockies (+4000) and San Francisco Giants (+7500)
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