Predicting Who Will Win the 2020 World Series
Scott Boras proposed a plan that would push October baseball into December, with a World Series game being played on Christmas Day. This would mean utilizing “neutral site” fields for the postseason in cities with pleasant climates — something baseball fans back East wouldn’t be too thrilled about.
However, wouldn’t a Fall Classic in the winter better than no Fall Classic at all?
Baseball is going to be played eventually, and someone is going to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy. I’ll begin this MLB World Series betting preview with a look at the World Series odds for 2020.
2020 World Series Odds
It’s the Dodgers, it’s the Yankees, and then it’s everybody else. At least that’s the way the top MLB sportsbooks are approaching the 2020 World Series.
Ratings will skyrocket if New York and LA clash for all the marbles, and the baseball betting sites will see volume like never before. With that being said, I would advise Dodgers and Yankees fans not to start counting their chickens before they hatch.
There are a few other World Series contenders that might have something to say.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)
Think of the NL West as a bunch of 2011 Toyota Camrys navigating around, with one 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider zooming by.
The Dodgers = the 2020 Ferrari F8 Spider.
After running away with the division in 2019, nothing is standing in LA’s way of capturing an NL West crown for an eighth consecutive year. Walker Buehler is a genuine NL Cy Young candidate, Clayton Kershaw should be plenty rested, and the reigning NL MVP appears hungry for more.
Oh yeah, and they brought in Mookie Betts, too. That guy is pretty good.
New York Yankees (+400)
If James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka stay healthy and are effective, it’s going to be tough for anyone in the American League to keep pace with New York. The acquisition of Gerrit Cole is the biggest splash that any team could have made, and Aaron Boone’s lineup is reminiscent of an AL All-Star squad.
Gleyber Torres is a superstar in the making, and the extra time Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have to recover is a blessing in disguise. As high-profile as those names are in the Big Apple, let’s not forget about their most consistent hitter, DJ LeMahieu.
Once you start stacking this roster up with the others in the AL, it’s not hard to see why the AL Pennant odds are what they are.
Houston Astros (+1000)
Take away Gerrit Cole, and now remove the invisible capes that fraudsters like Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman have been wearing.
What’s left in Houston?
It’s hard to assess how genuine the Astros’ 2020 World Series chances are, but I’m not seeing any value being listed at +1000. Maybe that’s because it would be painful to have to root for this team after the way Jim Crane embarrassed himself and this organization, but look at it like this.
All that bravado and intimidation Houston has carried since 2017 is out the window. Now they actually have to stand up in the batter’s box guessing what pitch is coming next — something they haven’t practiced in a while.
Atlanta Braves (+1800)
I picked the Braves to emerge when I generated this NL Pennant betting preview, and I love this +1800 price tag attached to Atlanta to win the whole thing.
You can argue that Ronald Acuna Jr. is the best player in the National League. Freddie Freeman gets my vote as the most under-appreciated player in the Majors, and Ozzie Albies is quietly evolving into a superstar.
The key for Brian Snitker’s club, if they are going to make a run at the World Series, is getting steady production out of the back end of the rotation. Even if the Braves max out Mike Soroka and Max Fried, Cole Hamels is going to have to step up, as is Mike Foltynewicz.
Anything out of Felix Hernandez at this stage of his career should just be considered a bonus.
Minnesota Twins (+2000)
Coming off a year in which they set a Major League record for the most home runs in a season, the Twins packed on some more firepower heading into 2020. As if they needed any more pop in the middle of the batting order, Josh Donaldson inked a four-year deal worth $92 million.
Rocco Baldelli sought out Homer Bailey and Kenta Maeda in the offseason to add depth to the starting pitching, and Jose Berrios continues to develop into a legitimate ace. The overwhelming favorites to win their division might get a scare from the Indians, and this AL Central prediction has the White Sox landing on top.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath.
The Twinkies won 101 regular-season games in 2019. Their +2000 number to win the World Series is more than palatable.
Washington Nationals (+1000)
Why all the disrespect?
The Nationals won the World Series last year and return their trio of starting pitchers that carried them through to the finish line. Yet all anyone wants to talk about in the National League is how good the Dodgers are.
If I remember correctly, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw were already playing golf by the second week of October. Meanwhile, Juan Soto was busy terrorizing pitchers, and Stephen Strasburg was pitching like an absolute magician.
We don’t have to pretend that Anthony Rendon’s departure isn’t a big deal, but Carter Kieboom is ready for his opportunity. The Nats’ new third baseman hit .303 and swatted 16 homers in 109 games last year for Washington’s AAA club.
2020 World Series Prediction
New York was already breathing down the Astros’ neck, and the two were essentially on a level playing field. Now that the Yankees have pried Gerrit Cole from Houston, I see them clinching a berth in the World Series for the first time since 2009.
I say “clinching a berth” only because I expect them to get stumped by the Braves once they get there.
Atlanta has the most potent lineup in baseball and an extremely motivated pitching staff. The Braves could always tack on a starter via a trade to bolster a late-season push, but a simple call-up from Kyle Wright might just be enough.
Who’s Kyle Wright?
Just one of my NL ROY sleepers who has a nasty slider and throws a 94 mph sinker.