- The Dodgers (-210) are heavy favorites to capture their first World Series title since 1988
- The small-market Rays (+180) are underdogs despite having the better rotation and bullpen
- Scroll down for betting props on the exact series outcome of this year’s Fall Classic
Before Cody Bellinger’s 7th-inning bomb broke a 3-3 tie with the Braves in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series on Sunday, it was looking like the Dodgers would remain snakebitten in the postseason.
Now in their third World Series in four years, Los Angeles is a -210 favorite to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, who are at +180 to score the upset and win the franchise’s first-ever championship.
This year, BetOnline is offering props where you can bet on the exact outcome of the upcoming series, which starts Tuesday night. Let’s look at the odds, preview the matchup and make our official prediction.
2020 WORLD SERIES ODDS
|Exact Series Outcome
|Los Angeles Dodgers 4 to 2||+325|
|Los Angeles Dodgers 4 to 1||+375|
|Los Angeles Dodgers 4 to 3||+425|
|Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 3||+575|
|Los Angeles Dodgers 4 to 0||+700|
|Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 2||+700|
|Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 1||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 0||+2500|
DODGERS VS RAYS
The Fall Classic is a matchup of the AL and NL favorites heading into October and the only teams to reach 40 wins in MLB’s shortened 60-game season. While the Dodgers are widely expected to win their first championship since 1988 after a series of high-profile failures, most would argue that the Rays have the superior rotation.
Tampa Bay will roll out Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell and Charlie Morton and Ryan Yarbrough in the first four games of the seven-game World Series while Los Angeles will counter with Clayton Kershaw (gulp), Julio Urias, Walker Buehler and likely either Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin.
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series
Kershaw vs. Glasnow gonna be fun 🍿 pic.twitter.com/zbi1AGzCev
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 19, 2020
Buehler will have to be as dominant as he was in Game 6 against Atlanta when he struck out six in six scoreless innings and Kershaw will need to rebound from a Game 4 NLCS loss where he allowed four runs on seven hits. However, the future Hall of Famer is just 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two previous World Series appearances.
Additionally, Los Angeles has an inferior bullpen to the Rays, who have two of the best relievers in baseball in Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks. Diego Castillo has also allowed only one run in his last 13 outings.
Mookie Betts made incredible catches in Games 5, 6 and 7 of the NLCS and he might need a few more run-robbing leaps at the wall this series as Tampa Bay’s 25 long balls in October are the most in the majors this postseason.
Rays’ hitters not named Randy Arozarena have been otherwise cold, however, hitting just .183 in the ALCS. According to ESPN, the Rays have relied heavily on homers in the postseason, with 71.9% of their runs coming via home runs as compared to 41.5% in the regular season.
MOOKIE BETTS. pic.twitter.com/O4bjbvu1El
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2020
The Dodgers, who averaged a run more than the Rays (5.82 vs 4.82) over the course of the regular season, are hoping Bellinger’s game-winning bomb in Game 7 of the NLCS spurs a hot streak for the 2019 NL MVP, as he is hitting just .196 in 48 career playoff games.
Given Los Angeles’ long history of World Series failures, it’s certainly temping to take the Rays at +180 to win the series, or perhaps even +575 to win it in 7 games. But we like the Dodgers to become the third-straight favorite to win a major sports championship after the Tampa Bay Lightning and LA Lakers won the Stanley Cup and Larry O’Brien Trophy, respectively.
In a wild year like 2020, leave it to sports to finally become predictable.
Best Bet: Dodgers in 7 (+425)