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2020 World Series Odds: Dodgers Edge Yankees, Season Start Unknown

MLB World Series Betting Odds April 22 2020 Mookie Betts

The fortified Los Angeles Dodgers are now favored to win the 2020 World Series.

Major-league ballparks remain shuttered due to COVID-19 but once the season gets started, the Boys in Blue will be the team to beat, according to oddsmakers.

Sportsbooks have installed the Dodgers as the +325 favorite over the New York Yankees, who sit at +350 at online shop  Bovada. The two juggernauts were listed as +350 co-favorites on March 1 as spring training got underway.

Earlier in the winter, the Yanks had been the +350 front-runner to win the Fall Classic and the Dodgers were second on the oddsboard at +600 before acquiring former MVP Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster deal. The Yankees made their own splash by signing elite pitcher Gerrit Cole to a massive free-agent contract in mid-December.

Since the MLB season is delayed indefinitely, now is the perfect time to refine your betting skills and learn more about how to bet on baseball.

In the meantime, here are the full odds for all 30 MLB teams to win the 2020 World Series, with betting analysis below the oddsboard:

Odds to Win the 2020 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers+325
New York Yankees+350
Houston Astros+800
Atlanta Braves+1200
Minnesota Twins+1600
Washington Nationals+1800
New York Mets+2200
St. Louis Cardinals+2200
Tampa Bay Rays+2200
Chicago Cubs+2400
Oakland Athletics+2400
Philadelphia Phillies+2400
Chicago White Sox+2500
Cincinnati Reds+2500
Cleveland Indians+2500
Los Angeles Angels+2500
Milwaukee Brewers+3300
Boston Red Sox+3500
San Diego Padres+4500
Arizona Diamondbacks+6000
Texas Rangers+8000
Toronto Blue Jays+8000
Colorado Rockies+15000
San Francisco Giants+17500
Pittsburgh Pirates+25000
Seattle Mariners+30000
Kansas City Royals+40000
Baltimore Orioles+50000
Detroit Tigers+50000
Miami Marlins+50000

Odds as of April 22 at Bovada

Flip A Coin Between Yankees and Dodgers

Before the massive Dodgers-Red Sox trade, it wasn’t much of a debate why the New York Yankees were the World Series favorite. But oddsmakers now say the Dodgers have the edge over the Bronx Bombers.

The Dodgers, hoping to snap a string of playoff disappointments, have a batting order that is unmatched in the National League with the acquisition of Mookie Betts. The Dodgers offense ranked in the top five last season in home runs, RBIs and OPS but it’s the pitching staff that may be most feared by opponents.

The Los Angeles starting rotation boasts Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price and two young arms in Julio Urias and Dustin May. The Dodgers are never a team content to stand pat and with more attractive prospects in their farm system, they could bolster their roster even more if they see deficiencies through the season.

New York, meanwhile, signed free-agent ace Gerrit Cole to be a needle-mover in the Bronx and he’s coming off a career year in which he had his lowest ERA (2.50), most strikeouts (326) and most innings (212.1). This all led to him finishing second in the AL Cy Young voting, four votes shy of his teammate and future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander.

Adding Cole to an already stacked roster that had the third-best record in MLB a year ago feels a little Golden State Warriors-ish but that’s the Yankees for you. They are pegged to have the second-most wins this season with their OVER/UNDER at 101.5 wins.

At this point, I lean to the Yankees to be the last team standing but I can’t really knock someone for picking the Dodgers instead.

Where’s the Value Bet?

Before the Dodgers upset the apple cart, Scott Hastings had a few betting options outside of the favored Dodgers and Yankees that he liked as dark-horse picks and those are the Chicago White Sox at +2500 and the Philadelphia Phillies at +2400.

The White Sox struggled to launch the ball over the fence in 2019, hitting the sixth-fewest home runs in the majors, but they have brought in slugger Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Yasmani Grandal, who combined for 62 homers last season. Additionally, the South Siders’ rotation should get a boost with the signings of Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez. Lastly, highly touted starting pitching prospect Michael Kopech should get the call-up from Triple-A at some point in the season to help out.

There was a lot of hype behind the Phillies heading into the 2019 campaign after they landed perhaps the biggest free agent on the market in Bryce Harper. They battled a myriad of injuries and struggled to find their footing all year. The Phillies brought in shortstop Didi Gregorius through free agency to help bolster the middle of their infield, with Jean Segura moving to second base, and Zack Wheeler was added to a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. If this team can jell in 2020, they can be a true World Series contender.

What is a Futures Bet on World Series Odds?

When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see an option to bet on which team will win the World Series. This kind of bet is a futures wager, which means you’re betting on events that will happen in time. Oddsmakers release action on the Fall Classic before the season starts and adjust the lines from April to October as teams surge and stumble in the standings.

You would see odds listed like this:

  • Houston Astros +200
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +250
  • New York Yankees +400
  • Atlanta Braves +550
  • St. Louis Cardinals +700

Unlike a moneyline bet, where there would be a clear favorite and underdog, the team with the lowest odds is the closest thing to a fave. In this case, it’s the Astros. The team with the highest odds would be the closest thing to a dog. Here, it’s the Cards.

If you were to bet $50 on St. Louis at the beginning of the season and they won the World Series, you’d get a payout of $400 – your original $50 is returned, along with your winnings of $350. On the other hand, a bet on Houston would give you a payout of $150 – you get your $50 back, plus your loot of $100. Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.

The earlier you can make a futures bet the better, because you’ll see higher returns since World Series odds ebb and flow depending on a team’s overall performance, injuries to key staff, and how they stack up against the rest of their division. However, you’ll need to handicap your bets accordingly. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with everything baseball: