2020 MLB Betting Preview: World Series Odds & Picks, Longshots with Value
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World Series Longshots
I have a World Series futures wager on each of the six teams in bold, below – three in the AL and three in the NL – after recently adding futures on both the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays – who I project to have the strongest bullpens in each of their respective leagues.
In 2019, the Padres’ bullpen led the NL with a 4.08 xFIP, while the Rays finished second in the AL with a 4.13 xFIP.
I’m not at all opposed to a wager on the Cleveland Indians – who have won at least 56% of their games for each of the past four seasons -, but I would skip any super longshot World Series wagers on the Royals or Marlins, who we will touch on in the divisional section.
Eight of the nine teams listed above – all except the Reds (2.9% World Series probability) – are also viewed as World Series value bets by FanGraphs’ ZIPS.
If you prefer ZIPS, you can bump up the Athletics (+0.2%), Indians (+0.5%), Padres (+0.6%), and Rays (+0.2%), and downgrade the Diamondbacks (-1.2%), Pirates (-0.1%) and White Sox (-0.8%).
Given the format, neither my projections nor ZIPS thinks that any team should be shorter than +931 (9.7%) to win the World Series.
I would bet the Rays down to +2000, play the A’s, Indians, Reds, and White Sox down to +2500, and take a share on either the Diamondbacks or Padres at +3500 or better.
Updated World Series Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+350|
|New York Yankees||+385|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1800|
|New York Mets||+2200|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+3000|
|Los Angeles Angels||+3300|
|Chicago White Sox||+3300|
|Boston Red Sox||+4000|
|San Diego Padres||+4000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+10000|
|San Francisco Giants||+22500|
|Kansas City Royals||+30000|