- The Dodgers (+325) remain heavy World Series favorites despite the Padres (+900) pulling within 1.5-games in the NL West
- Tampa Bay (+750) has moved ahead of the Yankees (+800) as the top title contender in the American League
- The Twins’ talented pitching staff makes them a nice longshot at +1600
There have been some seismic shifts in the World Series odds since we last checked in, and with only two weeks left in baseball’s regular season, September should produce a stretch run to remember.
2020 WORLD SERIES ODDS
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+325|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+750|
|New York Yankees||+800|
|San Diego Padres||+900|
|Chicago White Sox||+1200|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2500|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+3300|
|San Francisco Giants||+5000|
|New York Mets||+8000|
PADRES NOW AMONG THE FAVORITES
San Diego has moved from +1800 to +900 in the past three weeks and are now only 1.5-games behind the Dodgers for the NL West divisional crown. The Padres defeated Los Angeles (+325) on Monday night and could close the gap even further with two more games to go against a LA club that’s missing starting pitchers Walker Buehler and Dustin May.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and company will of course make the postseason either way, but winning the division would mean getting the No. 1 seed in the National League, rather than the fourth seed.
Padres are 20-5 in their last 25 games (best record in baseball).
White Sox are 20-5 in their last 25 games (best record in baseball). pic.twitter.com/X3icXS4t8F
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) September 14, 2020
In the American League, oddsmakers have installed Tampa Bay (+750) as the favorite over the Yankees (+800), who had lost 15 of 20 games before finally turning it around. Now on a five-game winning streak, New York is in a dogfight with Toronto for the No. 2 seed in the AL East.
With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton eying returns next weekend, the Bronx Bombers could be dangerous come October, however, the Rays’ pitching makes them the better team. Tyler Glasnow is on fire in his last five starts, posting a 3-0 record with a 3.19 ERA and 46 strikeouts.
LONGSHOTS THAT WE LIKE
Winners of 10 of their past 12 games, the Twins (+1600) could have the pitching depth required to win in the postseason, with the fifth-best overall ERA in the majors this season and the best WHIP (1.04) and average against (.208) in September.
Jake Odorizzi could also return soon, and would provide a perfect complement to Jose Berrios and Kenta Maeda at the top of the rotation.
Shane Bieber has recorded 10+ Ks in 6 of his 9 starts. pic.twitter.com/zMK18avH8B
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 6, 2020
Speaking of pitching, don’t fully dismiss the Indians (+2000) after their recent four-game slide. If they could squeak into the playoffs, Shane Bieber will make life difficult for any opponent after becoming the fastest pitcher to 100 Ks (62 ⅓ innings) since 1900.
However, the most fun bet on the board has to be the young Blue Jays (+2500), who just welcomed back Bo Bichette from a knee injury that kept him out a month. Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez should also return for October, but the trick for Toronto will be staying afloat until then with their next 11 games against the Yankees (seven) and Phillies (four).
Best Bet: Twins (+1600) at BetOnline.