With the shortened 2020 MLB season set to get underway on Thursday, July 23 and baseball teams in both leagues now having readjusted season win total odds for the upcoming MLB 60-game season, now is a perfect time to offer up some expert insight that could potentially help you cash in multiple times.
2020 MLB Win Total Odds
Whether you like top World Series favorites like the Yankees, Astros or Dodgers or whether you prefer making your win total picks on more modest contenders like St. Louis or Arizona, this brief analysis of every team’s 2020 win total odds will help you identify the teams that are offering the best value against their season-long, win total odds. The 2020 MLB season is scheduled to end on Sept. 27. The World Series begins on Oct. 20 and a potential Game 7 would be held on Oct. 28.
Arizona – 31½
The Diamondbacks acquired all-star OF Starling Marte from the Pirates and signed longtime former Giants staff ace Madison Bumgarner after finishing eight games over .500 in the NL West a year ago. 32 wins looks quite doable for the D-Backs from where I’m sitting, although veteran starter Mike Leake has opted out of the restart.
Atlanta – 33½
The Braves won their second straight NL East title last season by going 97-65. More importantly, Atlanta brought in veteran left-hander Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal while also signing veteran outfielder Marcell Ozuna, former Giants reliever Will Smith, and catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The Braves did part ways with veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson, but this team is loaded with young talent – everywhere!
Baltimore – 20½
Despite going a pitiful 54-108 a year ago, the lowly Orioles failed to make any significant changes to their roster and will almost certainly struggle to reach 21 wins in 60 games.
Boston – 30½
The Red Sox traded 2018 AL MVP winner Mookie Betts and veteran lefty David Price to the Dodgers while acquiring veteran Alex Verdugo in a major cost-cutting move that won’t make them any better after finishing just six games over .500 last season. Boston will be without star lefty Chris Sale for the upcoming 2020 campaign.
Chicago Cubs – 32
The Cubs are another team that finished six games over .500 last season and failed to upgrade their roster one iota. Chicago’s most pressing issue right now seems to be whether or not to trade former NL MVP Kris Bryant.
Chicago White Sox – 31½
While the Cubs didn’t do much to improve their roster, the cross-town rival White Sox made some impressive moves after going 72-89 a year ago by adding veteran DH Edwin Encarnacion, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and outfielder Nomar Mazara, not to mention former Astros staff ace Dallas Keuchel.
Cincinnati – 32
The Reds signed veteran third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder Nick Castellanos and Japanese import outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Cincinnati also added hurlers Pedro Strop and Wade Miley to address their needs in the bullpen and back end of the starting rotation after finishing 75-87 a year ago.
Cleveland – 33½
The Indians traded former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers, but this is a team that has won at least 91 games in each of the last four seasons and five times in the seven seasons Terry Francona has been managing the ballclub. The Tribe may not be the legitimate title contenders they want to be, but topping the .500 mark in 60 games looks easily possible to me.
Colorado – 27½
The Colorado Rockies didn’t do a single thing to improve their roster after going 71-91 a year ago to finish fourth in the NL West. Colorado’s biggest offseason news has been whether or not they’ll trade superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado before the July trade deadline (they will).
Detroit – 21½
The Tigers went a pitiful 47-114 to finish with the worst record in all of baseball. More importantly, they failed to upgrade their roster even in the slightest.
Houston – 35
Love them or loathe them, the Houston Astros are absolutely loaded with elite talent as they look to move past the sign-stealing scandal that rocked their franchise and MLB in general following their 107-win season and run to the 2019 World Series. Still, I love their hiring of widely-respected manager Dusty Baker and this team has too much talent to not contend for it all.
Kansas City – 24½
The Royals had a nice run from 2013 to 2017 including their World Series winning season in 2015. Unfortunately, Kansas City has been limited to 58 and 59 wins the last two seasons and has done nothing to improve their roster heading into 2020.
LA Angels – 31½
The Angels signed former Nationals star Anthony Rendon to a seven-year $245 million contract and they’ll have superstar two-way superstar, Shohei Ohtani back at full strength after going 72-90 last season. Still, the Halos need more quality pitching in an AL West division that features Houston as the cream of the crop and Oakland somewhere just behind.
LA Dodgers – 38½
The Dodgers were the biggest beneficiaries of a huge three-team mega-trade that saw them land 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and hard-throwing veteran lefty David Price. L.A. sent Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to Minnesota as part of the blockbuster deal. The Dodgers have won an impressive seven straight NL West titles, but they’re still in search of their first World Series title since way back in 1988.
Miami – 24½
The Marlins are coming off a 57-105 season in 2019 and although they have some nice young talent on their roster, their best offseason additions were Jonathan Villar, Corey Dickerson and Matt Kemp and that’s just not going to be good enough to compete with anyone.
Milwaukee – 30½
The Brewers saw catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Mike Moustakas both bolt on the open market. Milwaukee did add outfielder Avisail Garcia, first baseman Justin Smoak and infielder Ryon Healy, but this team still doesn’t have a true staff ace, although they will be boosted by the return of 2019 NL MVP runner-up Christian Yelich.
Minnesota – 34½
The Twins went a stunning 101-61 last season to win the AL Central by eight games over Cleveland. More importantly, the Twins added big bopping veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson and veteran right-hander Kent Maeda to go along with an already impressive array of talent that finished fourth in run scoring differential a year ago (+185). Veteran hurler Michael Pineda will still have to serve the full 39 days remaining on his PED suspension.
NY Mets – 32½
The Mets made a nice addition to their bullpen by signing veteran hurler Dellin Betances away from the Yankees and took a chance of 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello who was available after his uninspiring season with Boston in 2019. The Mets have a superstar staff ace in two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, but hard-throwing right-hander Noah Syndergaard is out for the upcoming season and that’s a huge blow.
NY Yankees – 37½
The Yankees landed star right-hander Gerrit Cole with a record-setting, nine-year, $324 million contract to go along with their loaded roster of stars. New York is coming off stellar 103-win campaign, but they’ve already got questions marks about Aaron Judge’s health as we get set for the upcoming 2020 season, not to mention the fact that star right-hander Luis Severino is out for the season.
Oakland – 33½
The small-market A’s won an eye-opening 97 games to finish second behind Houston in the AL West last season. While Oakland failed to make any significant offseason upgrades, the A’s have won 97 games in two straight season while topping 94 wins in four of the last eight seasons overall.
Philadelphia – 31
The Phillies signed promising Yankees former shortstop Didi Gregorious and talented, but oft-injured hurler Zack Wheeler while also naming former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi to lead them in a new direction after going a modest 81-81 last season. The bad news is that Philadelphia still lacks a true staff ace and has plenty of questions with their bullpen.
Pittsburgh – 25½
The Pirates are coming off a dismal 69-win season that left them in the cellar in the NL Central a year ago. More importantly, the Pirates failed miserably in upgrading their roster with their most notable move being trading away Starling Marte to Arizona.
San Diego – 30½
The Padres have a ton of young talent that was supposed to challenge a year ago, so they could surprise in 2020 after going 70-92 a year ago. Still, San Diego looks like a team that is at least another year away from really challenging L.A. for division supremacy.
Seattle – 24½
The Seattle Mariners went 68-94 in 2019 to finish in last place in the AL West. More importantly, the Mariners didn’t make a single move to improve their roster this coming campaign, making 25 wins in 60 games a bit of a longshot if you ask me.
San Francisco – 24½
The once perennially-powerful Giants are coming off a 77-85 season that left them in third place in the NL West last season. Frisco’s best offseason moves were bringing back fan favorites in veteran outfielder Hunter Pence and overpaid infielder Pablo Sandoval.
St. Louis – 31½
St. Louis went 91-71 to win the NL Central last season. While the Cards didn’t make any real significant additions and lost outfielder Marcell Ozuna to free agency, topping .500 by two games in a 60-game season looks easily reachable.
Tampa Bay – 34
Tampa Bay had a fantastic 96-win season in 2019 by leading the AL in team ERA (3.65). The Rays also made some nice additions to their batting order by trading for Jose Martinez, and Hunter Renfroe while signing Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
Texas – 29½
Texas went 78-84 a year ago to finish third in the AL West. To improve their chances of reaching the postseason in 2020, the Rangers added veteran hurler Corey Kluber and first baseman Todd Frazier. Still, this team will have their work cut out trying to get past Houston and Oakland in the AL West.
Toronto – 28
The Blue Jays have some seriously gifted young players like third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette and they signed 2019 MLB ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu (2.32) in free agency while signing Japanese right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and veteran hurler Tanner Roark. 30 wins and a .500 finish look relatively realistic.
Washington – 33
The Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year $245 million deal and they brought back 2019 NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick and closer Daniel Hudson. The bad news is that they lost the man that made them go a year ago in do-it-all superstar Anthony Rendon while veterans, Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross will sit out the restart season.