Baseball: World Series MLB Winner Odds

The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26, but the Covid-19 pandemic led to season being suspended just a couple of weeks prior to this. This is the first time that MLB games have been put on hold since the 2001 season after the September 11th attacks.

It necessitated weeks of intense negotiations between Major League Baseball and its players’ union, but on June 22 MLB owners voted unanimously to implement a shortened 60-game season. 

New MLB 2020 Schedule

The regular 2020 MLB season is now scheduled to begin on July 23 and to end on September 27.

The new MLB schedule will be regionally based, with teams scheduled to play 10 games against each of their four division opponents. The remaining 20 games of the 60-game schedule will be interleague games against the corresponding geographical division.

The interleague match-ups will be:

  • American League East vs National League East 
  • American League Central vs National League Central 
  • American League West vs National League West

International Games Cancelled

It was also decided to cancel the international games in Mexico and Puerto Rico, with San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks at Mexico City’s Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu and New York Mets vs Miami Marlins at the HiramBithorn Stadium in San Juan both being affected. 

The postseason is scheduled to begin on September 29, with the MLB World Series being set to begin on October 20. Should a Game 7 being required, this is set to be played on October 28.

A full schedule is set to be released on an as yet unspecified date.

MLB Futures – MLB World Series 2020 Outright Winner

Los Angeles Dodgers+375
New York Yankees+375
Houston Astros+800
Atlanta Braves+1500
Minnesota Twins+1600
Tampa Bay Rays+1800
Washington Nationals+1800
Cincinnati Reds+1800
Oakland Athletics+2200
Los Angeles Angels+2000
Chicago White Sox+2000
St. Louis Cardinals+2200
Cleveland Indians+2200
New York Mets+2200
Chicago Cubs+2500
Philadelphia Phillies+2500
Milwaukee Brewers+3000
San Diego Padres+4000
Boston Red Sox+4000
Arizona Diamondbacks+6600
Toronto Blue Jays+6600
Texas Rangers+6600
San Francisco Giants+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000
Kansas City Royals+15000
Detroit Tigers+20000
Seattle Mariners+20000
Baltimore Orioles+30000
Miami Marlins+30000
Pittsburgh Pirates+40000

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2020 American League Pennant Winner Odds

New York Yankees+170
Houston Astros+375
Minnesota Twins+750
Tampa Bay Rays+800
Cleveland Indians+1200
Oakland Athletics+1100
Chicago White Sox+1200
Los Angeles Angels+1600
Boston Red Sox+2000
Texas Rangers+5000
Toronto Blue Jays+6000
Seattle Mariners+15000
Kansas City Royals+15000
Detroit Tigers+25000
Baltimore Orioles+25000

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2020 National League Pennant Winner Odds

Los Angeles Dodgers+150
Atlanta Braves+650
Washington Nationals+750
New York Mets+900
Chicago Cubs+1100
St. Louis Cardinals+1100
Cincinnati Reds+1200
Philadelphia Phillies+1500
Milwaukee Brewers+2000
San Diego Padres+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+3000
San Francisco Giants+7500
Colorado Rockies+10000
Pittsburgh Pirates+15000
Miami Marlins+25000

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MLB World Series 2020 Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers further enhanced an already impressive roster with the acquisitions of outfielder Mookie Betts and lefty David Price from the Boston Red Sox. They have the depth and talent required to claim a first World Series title since 1988.

New York Yankees

The NY Yankees are bolstered by the signing of Gerrit Cole and they have oodles of talent, depth and a strong bullpen. The delayed start to the season has also enabled Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks to recover from injuries.

Houston Astros

The Astros will have to compensate for the loss of the aforementioned Gerrit Cole to the Yankees, while Justin Verlander is still recovering from groin surgery back in March. The sign-stealing scandal ensures that few outsiders will be rooting for the Astros.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves saw third baseman Josh Donaldson depart via free agency for the Minnesota Twins, but they have added leftfielder Marcell Ozuna to the roster. Other offseason of closer Will Smith and veteran lefty Cole Hamels also help their cause. There’s depth in the starting pitchers for the Braves and plenty of young talent on the roster.

Minnesota Twins

The Twinkies set an MLB record with 307 home runs and have now added third baseman Josh Donaldson their already impressive lineup, but might be short when challenging at the highest level in their pitching options.

MLB 2020 Predictions

If the sportsbooks are to be believed, the American League Championship Series should come down to a decider between the Yankees and the Astros, with Gerritt Cole potentially having a major role to play against his former team. Any such matchup could go either way, but we’ll take the Yankees at +170 at Bovada to win the American League Championship.

The National League Championship Series could come down to a shootout between the Braves and the Dodgers that could easily go the full seven games distance. It could go either way, but we’ll take the Braves to prevail at +650 at Bovada as our MLB bet to win the National League Championship.

So that would take us to a World Series showdown between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. Again this is something of a coin toss, but we’ll side the Braves and their talented and exciting young stars such as Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson to just get the better of the Yankees.

The Braves can be backed at +1500 with Bovada to win the World Series and that looks like a good value MLB baseball tip at this stage compared to the available betting odds for their main rivals. 

Who won the 2019 MLB World Series?

In 2019, the 115th edition of the World Series of baseball, the best-of-seven playoff saw a huge upset as the National League champions the Washington Nationals beat the American League champions, the Houston Astros, by a scoreline of 4-3. In May, the Nationals were sitting at 19-31 and estimated to have a mere 0.1% chance of winning the World Series. Sport can be very unpredictable!