- BetOnline has issued 2020 World Series odds for all 30 Major League Baseball teams
- The Houston Astros (+500) open as title favorites after a crushing loss to the Nationals (+800)
- The Dodgers (+800) have the deep pockets required to bring in a superstar in free agency
Washington shocked the baseball world with a 6-2 win over the heavily-favored Astros in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, delivering the city’s first-ever MLB championship and paying off a 16-1 bet for everyone who chose to wager on the Wild-Card underdog.
Before the Nationals’ champagne-soaked uniforms even made it to the laundry, BetOnline has released early odds on who will win the 2020 World Series title. Let’s take a look.
2020 WORLD SERIES ODDS
|New York Yankees||+700|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+800|
|Boston Red Sox||+1200|
|New York Mets||+1400|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2000|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+3300|
|San Francisco Giants||+3300|
|San Diego Padres||+4000|
|Chicago White Sox||+5000|
|Kansas City Royals||+5000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+10000|
FAVORITES FACE FREE AGENCY QUESTIONS
Falling painfully short of their second World Series championship in three years, the Astros open up as the 2020 title favorites. While Justin Verlander and Zach Greinke are expected back in the team’s starting rotation, 29-year-old Gerrit Cole will be the most sought-after free agent on the market after a Cy Young-quality season that saw him finish 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg opted-out of the remaining four years and $100 million on his contract on Saturday, setting himself up for an even bigger payday.
Stephen Strasburg is undefeated this postseason
✅ WC Game
✅ NLDS Game 2
✅ NLCS Game 3
✅ WS Game 2
✅ WS Game 6 pic.twitter.com/AthhMsTNqS
— Post Sports (@PostSports) October 30, 2019
The 31-year-old went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in six postseason appearances with 47 strikeouts in 36 ⅓ innings. His career playoff ERA (1.46) is also third-lowest among qualified pitchers.
Unfortunately for the Nationals, October-hero Anthony Rendon is also a free agent. After a career-year led to his first All-Star appearance, the 29-year-old third baseman turned it up another notch in the playoffs, reaching base in 15 of 17 games and swatting critical home runs in Game 6 and Game 7 of the Fall Classic.
You simply can’t bet on Houston (+500) or Washington (+800) until seeing if their star players re-sign. And while MLB free agency does begin today, it’s rare that big names fly off the board on Day 1 so we all might be in for a bit of a wait.
OTHER BIG MARKET CONTENDERS
The Yankees (+700) will of course be linked to both Cole and Strasburg, but it has been awhile since GM Brian Cashman has spent big. Coming off only their second title-less decade since the 1920s, New York also has a few big free-agent questions of their own with closer Aroldis Chapman expected to opt-out of his deal and shortstop Didi Gregorius hitting the open market.
The Dodgers just can’t seem to get over the hump, but +800 is decent value for a 106-win club with deep pockets and only one notable player (Hyun-Jin Ryu) free to sign elsewhere.
Will one of these teams land Gerrit Cole in free agency or will the ace pitcher play somewhere else in 2020?https://t.co/BqdyEOGKue
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 1, 2019
Los Angeles could replace their South Korean Cy Young-contender with the California-native Cole and still have room to sign Rendon or swing a deal for a star play such as Francisco Lindor.
With likely NL MVP Cody Bellinger already on the roster, the Dodgers will become the betting favorite if they land a big fish or two in free agency, so the best time to buy is now.