The 2020 MLB season is still in limbo. We won’t see the 162-game season, that’s for sure, while some sources say the MLB could start in late June or early July. The shortened season would be better than nothing, but there’s still a lot of things to be done before the players take the field.
The late start and fewer games on the schedule would certainly affect the odds. Reportedly, the postseason would also undergo changes. Some online betting sites have already withdrawn the 2020 MLB winner odds and win totals.
So, who are the strongest favorites to win the championship in 2020? I bring you my five most likely winners of the 2020 World Series along with the latest odds update for each one.
2020 World Series Winner Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers
After two straight losses in the 2017 and 2018 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers upset their fans once more in 2019, exiting in the National League Division Series. They had a 2-1 lead but couldn’t hold on against the future World Series champions.
The Dodgers enter the 2020 MLB season as the strongest championship contender, searching for their eighth straight playoff appearance. They went 106-56 last season, setting the franchise record for the most wins in the regular season, but the Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988.
Over the last few years, Clayton Kershaw has lost all-important playoff games. Still, the Dodgers possess a tremendous pitching rotation (Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urias). Their relievers are excellent, too, while Kenley Jansen is one of the best closers in the MLB, no doubt.
The 2018 MVP outfielder Mookie Bets has arrived from Boston along with David Price in exchange for three young talents. Bets will join the likes of Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Corey Seager, so the Dodgers’ bats will torture the rest of the league.
Therefore, I cannot argue with the bookies. The Dodgers deserve to top the list, but they will be under huge pressure in the postseason. Psychological obstacles are always the worst and can damage even the toughest teams.
New York Yankees
Despite struggling with injuries for most of the 2019 MLB season, the Yankees won 103 games to top the AL East for the first time since 2012. They easily eliminated the Minnesota Twins in three games of the American League Division Series but lost to the Houston Astros in the ALCS in six games.
The Yankees won their last World Series in 2009. Since then, they missed the postseason only three times. In 2020, the Yankees will look for their fourth straight playoff appearance and shouldn’t have any problem clinching the playoff berth.
Their roster is fully stacked. D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres are all top-notch outfielders, making the Yankees’ offense one of the best in the MLB.
Furthermore, the Yankees acquired Gerrit Cole to lead their starting pitchers. Last year, Cole went 20-5 in 33 starts with the Astros, tallying a 2.50 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Alongside Cole, the Yankees can count on James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and Jordan Montgomery.
The Yankees look like a well-balanced team ready to dominate the American League. They possess great talent and just enough depth to mount a serious championship challenge, and the Yankees are one of my strongest favorites to win the 2020 World Series.
Considering their roster, the Houston Astros are undoubtedly among the top five teams in the MLB. They lost Gerrit Cole in the offseason, but Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke are still in Houston, as well as Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Yuli Gurriel.
Verlander went 21-6 last season while tallying a 2.58 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He had a couple of complete games and a shutout. Verlander was second in the MLB with 300 strikeouts, and I expect to see more of the same in 2020.
The Astros won 107 games in 2019, setting the franchise record, but the bookies set the line for Houston at 94.5 games in 2020. I think the Astros will surpass the line mostly thanks to their prolific offense.
However, I would avoid betting on the Astros to win the 2020 World Series just because of the sign-stealing scandal. The Astros will wear a bull’s eye on their back all season long. Everybody will want to humiliate them, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of physical violence.
Therefore, the Astros have a strong team capable of reaching the World Series, but I won’t place my money on them.
Los Angeles Angels
As I’ve already mentioned above, there’s a big chance we’ll get the shortened 2020 MLB season. In my opinion, that favors the Los Angeles Angels, who have reached the postseason only once since a painful loss to the Yankees in the 2009 ALCS.
The Angels lack depth, especially in their pitching rotation. Andrew Heaney and Julio Teheran are both good players but still far away from an elite level, while it’s unknown how the Angles will use the 2018 Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani, who’s recovered from an elbow injury.
On the other side, the Angels have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, who desperately wants to achieve something great. Trout entered the league in 2011, and in nine years with the Angels, he’s played only three playoff games. That’s right — Mike Trout hasn’t won a single playoff game thus far.
The 66-year-old Joe Maddon will coach the Angels in 2020 after signing a three-year deal in the offseason. Maddon won the World Series with the Cubs in 2016, and he’s definitely another reason why I fancy the Angels’ chances this term.
The Angels haven’t won more than 80 games in four straight years. Betting on them to win the World Series is a long shot, but I have a strange feeling this could be their season.
First, I’m well aware of the fact that the Minnesota Twins have dropped 13 straight postseason games. Their last playoff victory came in 2004, while the Twins have won the playoff series only once in 28 years. Back in 1991, the Twins won their last World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves in seven games.
However, the Twins have one of the best pitching rotations in baseball. They have five solid starters in Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, and Homer Bailey. The bullpen could be an issue, but you can’t have everything you need.
As well as the Dodgers, the Twins will have to deal with massive pressure in the postseason. Of course, if they reach it. But after winning 101 games in 2019, I would be surprised if the Twins fail to clinch the playoff berth this term.
Minnesota is seventh on the bookies’ list with the odds at +1800. That seems quite tempting, so picking the Twins to win the 2020 World Series could earn some nice wages.
Who Will Win the 2020 World Series?
From this point of view, the New York Yankees are my first pick to win the 2020 World Series, and I expect them to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees will need to surpass the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, while the Boston Red Sox don’t look like a team capable of pulling off an upset.
Also, the Yankees could meet the Twins and Astros in the playoffs before reaching the World Series. If they overcome all tough rivals in the American League, the Yankees should have a mental advantage over the Dodgers, who should really satisfy the odds and win the National League.