The final week of the Major League Baseball Season is here! A season that some said may never happen heads to the playoffs next week. The American League has their five playoff teams. The National League doesn’t. Check out a playoff picture update before getting to the top five from both the NL and AL. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.
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2020 Major League Baseball Season
- When: July 23 through September 27
- Where: Various Venues
2020 World Series Futures
- Los Angeles Dodgers +340
- Tampa Bay Rays +650
- New York Yankees +700
- San Diego Padres +900
- Oakland Athletics +950
- Chicago White Sox +1000
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Atlanta Braves +1200
- Chicago Cubs +1400
- Philadelphia Phillies +3000
- St. Louis Cardinals +3300
- Miami Marlins +3300
MLB Playoff picture heading into final regular season week
Heading into the final week, the two teams in the National League that have stamped their tickets to the postseason are both in the NL West. The Dodgers are 38-16. The San Diego Padres are 34-20. Outside of the Padres and Dodgers no other teams have secured playoff positions.
In the NL East, the Atlanta Braves are 3 games ahead of the Miami Marlins. The Philadelphia Phillies are 4 games behind the Braves. The Cubs have a 3.5 games lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Reds and Brewers are each 4.5 games behind.
The American League postseason field is set. The major question is which teams will win the divisions and which two squads will end up in the wildcard game. In the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays have a 3.5 games lead over the New York Yankees. The Chicago White Sox have a 2-game lead over the Minnesota Twins.
The Oakland Athletics have clinched the AL West. The preseason third choice to win the World Series, the Houston Astros, won’t participate in this year’s playoffs.
National League Power 5
- Los Angeles Dodgers – With the best record in baseball, the L.A. Dodgers are a shoo-in to win the NL West unless, of course, they implode this week. That’s not likely to happen.
- San Diego Padres – The Padres have made the playoffs. They shouldn’t make up 4 games on the Dodgers, though, which means they must play the other wildcard team.
- Atlanta Braves – Atlanta has maintained a 3 game lead in the NL West since the first week. The Braves should close the door on the Marlins by Wednesday.
- Chicago Cubs – Like Atlanta, Chicago has yet to secure the NL Central. Also like Atlanta, it’s hard to see the St. Louis Cardinals or Cincinnati Reds getting to the Cubbies.
- Miami Marlins – The Marlins are slightly ahead of the Cardinals for the final playoff position. We’ll see if the Marlins, Cards, Phillies, Reds or Giants grab the second wildcard spot.
American League Power 5
- Tampa Bay Rays – The Yankees could catch the Rays and win the AL East. More than likely, Tampa sews up the overall 1-seed in the American League Playoffs by Thursday.
- Chicago White Sox – The White Sox have surprised all season long. This team is solid across the board. It will take a massive effort by the Twins to make up the 2-game difference.
- Oakland Athletics – The A’s buried the Astros this season. Oakland’s rotation is coming around. That could spell trouble for their playoff rivals.
- Minnesota Twins – The Twins could win the AL Central. The White Sox would have to implode while Minnesota would have to win this week.
- New York Yankees – The Yankees may not win the AL East. But now that they’re in the playoffs, even if its via the wildcard route, they become a top team to back to win the World Series again.