The 2020 Major League Baseball Season kicked off last week with a couple of stellar Thursday games. Since last Thursday, MLB teams have knocked heads as if it were a normal season. Everyone knows it’s not, though. Check out what happened last week, and what to expect this week, in our MLB Update, so you can plan ahead your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – July 27th Edition
2020 Major League Baseball Season
- When: July 23 through September 27
- Where: Various Venues
2020 World Series Futures
- New York Yankees +300
- Los Angeles Dodgers +375
- Houston Astros +1200
- Atlanta Braves +1200
- Louis Cardinals +2500
- Minnesota Twins +1500
- Washington Nationals +2000
- New York Mets +2000
- Philadelphia Phillies +3000
- A. Angels +2000
- Boston Red Sox +3500
- Cleveland Indians +2500
- Chicago Cubs +2400
- Tampa Bay Rays +1600
- Oakland Athletics +2000
- Cincinnati Reds +1800
- Milwaukee Brewers +3300
- Chicago White Sox +2000
- San Diego Padres +3000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +6600
- Texas Rangers +8000
- Toronto Blue Jays +8000
- Colorado Rockies +15000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +30000
- San Francisco Giants +15000
- Seattle Mariners +20000
- Baltimore Orioles +30000
- Detroit Tigers +20000
- Kansas City Royals +15000
- Miami Marlins +25000
Marlins decide to stay in Philadelphia
The Miami Marlins have had a decent start to the truncated 2020 MLB Season. Unfortunately for them, things took a turn for the worse.
14 people in the Marlins’ organization, many of them players, have tested positive for Covid-19. Miami canceled their home opener for Monday against the Baltimore Orioles.
If the outbreak spreads, Miami could be in some trouble. The team Miami has played since the start of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies, canceled their matchup with the New York Yankees on Monday.
We must wait to see if anything comes of this. For now, let’s be positive. Miami and Philadelphia played each other in a 3-game series over the weekend. That means MLB should minimize the coronavirus spread.
Maybe, Miami, and Philadelphia, after everyone with the Phillies gets tested, can call up minor league players to resume games.
Hopefully, that happens this week.
Great four days for Major League Baseball
Thursday through Sunday was a great 4-days for Major League Baseball. The top two favorites to win the World Series, the New York Yankees and L.A. Dodgers, switched positions.
Before July 23, the Dodgers offered +325 odds while the Yankees had drifted up to +400. But on Thursday, LAD said that Clayton Kershaw wasn’t one-hundred percent. Kershaw may not pitch during the 60-game season.
Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole dominated the Washington Nationals in his first start. Cole looked fantastic.
Now, the Yankees are at +300 while the Dodgers have floated up to +375.
The Houston Astros, probably because there weren’t any fans in the stadiums to call them cheaters, exceled over the weekend. The Stros are 2-1 and remain a solid third choice at +1200 to win the World Series.
Ace Justin Verlander’s season could be over, though. Verlander has an elbow injury. Without Verlander, how long before Houston’s odds float up to +1500 to +2000? It won’t be long.
One team made a major splash. The Los Angeles Angels proved that, yes, Joe Maddon is a wizard.
The man who broke the Cubs’ World Series curse, made a huge splash over the weekend. Although the Halos went 1-2, they played well enough for World Series bettors to beat them down from +3000 to +2000.
Why? The offense is stellar while the starting rotation has the makings of being decent enough.
One thing Joe must work out? Maddon doesn’t have much time to figure out if Shohei Ohtani is a true starting pitcher. The A’s belted Ohtani for 5 runs off 3 hits in his first start.
Shojei didn’t record an out before Joe pulled him.
Keep an eye on the Angels. If Joe “Gandalf” Maddon makes the right moves with Shohei, LAA could be a dark horse in the truncated season.
Have a great week!