The status of the 2020 season is still up in the air, like a molecule wafting in the current of a grocery store’s HVAC system, but World Series futures betting odds are still available.
On March 11th, the NBA became the first major sport to close its doors to the public. Other sports soon followed suit and currently, UFC is one of the only sports left to entertain the public.
Regardless, the MLB season is expected to get underway in July. Owners and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association are currently exchanging ideas for how to best get the truncated season underway while still minimizing the risk of illness to players and personnel.
Even if the season starts without fans in the bleachers, bets will still be offered at sportsbooks, both online and in-person, and you can rest assured that the World Series will still take place, even if the dates or style of tournament is changed.
Making a future’s bet on the World Series is a great way to get you thinking about something else during these difficult times, and here are the top 5 teams to bet on to win the World Series.
1- New York Yankees
The Yankees are second to the Dodgers in the World Series odds, coming in at +400. The Yankees were a surprising contender last year, as they overcame a historic amount of injuries en route to a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Astros in the 2019 ALCS.
The Yankees ended the season with the third-best record in the majors at 103-59.
Their Pythagorean record was 99-63. Pythagorean records are based on cumulative runs scored over the whole season and contain more predictive power than standard win-loss records.
The Yankees were bolstered by unexpected standout performances last year by players filling in for injured stars. This year, the Yankees will likely have many of their star players back and performing as expected, giving them the chance to improve on their fantastic record from last year.
Giancarlo Stanton is one such injured star the Yankees will be relying upon this year. He was limited to only 18 games last year, due to a variety of injuries including his biceps, shoulder, and knee.
Assuming he’s in better condition this year, he should be able to add a lot of value to the Yankees roster. He’s only 29 and has already hit 308 career home runs. He’s one of the most feared power hitters in the league when he’s healthy and can make the Yankees a solid bet to win the 2020 World Series.
Aaron Judge is another Yankees outfielder who was sorely missed last year. He missed time due to an oblique strain suffered on April 20th of last year. He’s another great power hitter who is also an above-average right fielder.
Assuming both Judge and Stanton can stay healthy for a full season, the Yankees could improve by as many as 10 wins.
Judge’s status to start the season could be in question as he announced he had a fractured rib on March 6th, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman expects him to return at full capacity.
Judge and Stanton have both reached the 8 WAR mark in previous seasons, and if the Yankees are lucky, they’ll get two more superstar seasons from them at once.
The extensive injuries last year make the Yankees a good team to find a value bet on. If the Yankees come back fully healed, they could be an even more dominant team this year.
2- Minnesota Twins
The Twins are a bit more of a long shot than the Dodgers or Yankees, coming in at fifth on the leaderboards with +1600 odds.
They’re a good value bet compared to the 2 teams above them, the Astros and the Braves, for a couple of reasons.
The Astros were just charged with one of the biggest cheating scandals baseball has ever seen having been found cheating during their World Series run of 2017.
While they weren’t accused of cheating during 2018 or 2019, the animosity between them and the rest of the league is still high and many are suspicious of how good their cheating players, like Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, actually are.
The Braves are a great team thanks to their fantastic young core players like Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies. However, they play in the same division as last year’s World Series-winning Washington Nationals, so they’ll have to struggle just to win their division.
The Twins play in the AL Central, which is one of the weaker divisions in the league. The Twins’ stiffest competition for the AL Central crown is the Indians who just traded one of their best pitchers, Corey Kluber, to the Rangers.
The Twins are strong favorites to win their division. A team that plays in a weak division like the Twins has a good chance to do that.
The MLB playoffs are notoriously difficult to predict. You can find value in a bet on a team that has an easier road to the playoffs, even if they aren’t the best team in the league.
Anything can happen in the MLB playoffs and it’s not that unlikely that the Twins could win it all once they secure a playoff spot.
3- Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays will have a much more difficult time reaching the playoffs than the Twins given that they play in the hyper-competitive AL East, featuring the previously mentioned juggernaut Yankees.
In addition to the Yankees, the Red Sox could also pose a threat to the Ray’s chances at the division. While the Red Sox will be without Chris Sale, who had tommy john surgery before the 2020 season, and David Price, who was recently traded to the Dodgers, they still have a competitive roster.
If the Rays can manage to overcome just the Red Sox, they’ll have a good chance at one of the two wild-card spots. They won a wild-card spot with 96 wins last season but lost the AL Division Series 3-2 to the Houston Astros.
The Rays have operated one of the most effective front offices over the last 10 years. Despite having one of the lowest budgets of any major league team—their budget was approximately $60 million in 2019—they’ve managed to creatively assemble a competitive roster.
The Rays overperformed their Pythagorean record slim margins last year as it was 93-69 compared to their win-loss record of 96-66. Both records still show that this club was very effective at scoring runs throughout the season.
Trades played a large role in the success of the Rays. Austin Meadows is one example and was acquired from the Pirates for Chris Archer in one of the more lopsided MLB trades in recent memory. Meadows was one of their best players last year and smashed his way to a .922 OPS.
The Rays are a great team to bet on for the World Series. They rarely receive action from bettors as they play in the small market of Saint Petersburg and rarely sign big free agents.
You can take advantage of these lesser-known teams by wagering on them to win the World Series. Teams like the Yankees and Dodgers always draw lots of bets. Betting on a surprising contender like the Rays is a terrific way to make a value bet.
4- Oakland Athletics
Lastly, the Oakland Athletics are a great dark horse team to bet on at online baseball betting sites. They come in at +2800 in MLB futures betting odds so you could score a big payout if the A’s are lucky enough to win it all.
Their low odds of winning should come as a bit of a surprise to baseball fans who followed the 2019 season. The A’s were tied for the 4th best record of the 2019 season and still retain many of the stars that led them to a wild-card spot.
Their Pythagorean win-loss record was the same as their regular-season record so we can rule out luck being a factor in last year’s season. Overperforming the Pythagereon record can tell us how lucky a team was, and the A’s appear to have earned their win-loss record.
The A’s play in the Astro’s division so they’ll still have their work cut out for them to reach the playoffs. They also have a young, unproven pitching staff, but their rotation does consist of some great former prospects, so it has potential.
Betting on the A’s is another great value bet. The difference between their regular season standings last year and their 14th place ranking in the MLB futures board indicates that an Athletics bet could pay off big time.
What team will you bet on to win the World Series this year? Let us know in the comments.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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