On Thursday, July 23, Major League Baseball starts the return to play. MLB has two games on Thursday, Yankees vs Nationals and Dodgers vs Giants. Unlike the NBA, MLB won’t play their season in a bubble. We’ll have to wait and see if things go south. In the meantime, let’s handicap possible World Series matchups so you can start planning ahead your bets against their MLB odds.
Possible World Series Matchups
2020 MLB Regular Season
- When: July 23 – September 27
- Where: Various Venues
World Series Matchup Odds
A good strategy to handicap World Series matchup odds is to pick two to three favorites from the AL and then consider odds against two to three teams from the National League.
The three squads that appear best suited from the AL to win the World Series this year are the New York Yankees +375, Houston Astros +1200, and Minnesota Twins +1500.
Let’s look at odds for each one of those American League squads against the three teams from the NL with the best chance, based on odds, to win the World Series. Those three teams are the Los Angeles Dodgers +375, Atlanta Braves +1200, and St. Louis Cardinals +2500.
New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers +400
This is the likeliest outcome. The Dodgers have the requisite pitching and hitting to win the World Series. So do the Yankees. Some may consider the Dodgers a lock to make the postseason. Why? They must play against teams from the AL West and NL West. Outside of the Houston Astros, no team LAD battles should touch the Dodgers.
New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves +1700
The Braves are a solid bunch. So, if they make it to the playoffs, they could have a shot against the Dodgers and get to the World Series. But the Atlanta Braves don’t have much pitching after Mike Soroka.
New York Yankees vs St. Louis Cardinals +2900
This would make for a classic World Series matchup. The St. Louis Cardinals are the National League’s New York Yankees. No NL team has won as many pennants or World Series Championships as the St. Louis Cardinals.
But are the Cards any good this season? They’ll have the bats. Plus, no team may show up with lockdown pitching just because no team’s pitchers had a chance to play multiple spring training games.
It’s your call, but, maybe, St. Louis is the surprise NL squad to make it to the Fall Classic.
Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers +1100
What a rematch if it happens. The Dodgers feel the Astros cheated them out of a World Series title in 2017. The Astros are happy they mustn’t hear boos throughout opposing stadiums because, well, they did cheat.
If this does happen, no way the benches don’t clear at least in one of the World Series games.
Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves +3300
In a 60-game truncated season playing in front of no fans, World Series matchups like Astros-Braves are a possibility.
Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals +5600
Same goes for Astros-Cardinals. The Stros are a solid group. Just because they cheated, it doesn’t mean they can’t play baseball. The Cardinals might be the most underrated contender in MLB.
Minnesota Twins +1500 World Series Odds
Don’t sleep on the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have a couple of ace starting pitchers in Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi. Berrios’ ERA last season was 3.68. Odorizzi posted a 3.51 ERA.
A couple of solid former Dodgers, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill, follow Berrios and Odorizzi in the rotation. Also, last season the Twins ranked first in home runs with 307, and second in team batting average at .270, second in runs per with 5.80, and second in OPS with .832.
If the pitching is there, the Twins can win the World Series. Check out their matchup odds with the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Braves.
- Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2400
- Minnesota Twins vs Atlanta Braves +6700
- Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals +11250
MLB throws first pitch on July 23
The Yankees and Nationals throw first pitches for the 2020 Major League Baseball Season. Starting on July 23, the most treasured sport in America gets back onto the field.
Make sure to check out baseball betting odds on MyBookie and get your wagers down for World Series Matchups and on the team you think wins the Fall Classic!