There were times when it looked as though we would not see baseball at all this year, but the MLB and the players union finally managed to come to an agreement to get back to action. Things will look very different, though, with no fans in the stands and the regular season reduced to just 60 games. In a normal 162-game season, getting off to a slow start is not that big an issue, but it could well prove to be fatal this year, as there simply won’t be time to play catchup as normal. The favorites to win the World Series have been set, but might we see some surprises in what is a very different looking season? Only time will tell, but for now, let’s take a look at the favorites ahead of the July 23 opening day, along with their MLB odds.
MLB World Series 2020 Updated Odds & Picks
New York Yankees (+375)
The Yankees are coming off a season where they won 100 games, which is no small feat, but rather than resting on their laurels, you can argue that their lineup heading into this season is even stronger than it was in 2019. They have added Gerrit Cole to the starting rotation and will have Luis Severino and Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup after missing most of last season with injuries. There do not appear to be any weaknesses with this Yankees squad, and if they can come out and get rolling early, there may be no stopping them.
LA Dodgers (+375)
The Dodgers are routinely the biggest spending team in the MLB, and while they have put together an incredibly good team, they have failed to pick up a Word Series title, although they did lose in back to back seasons in the championship series. You would certainly like them to dominate the National League once again, but they do have some serious competition in there, so it might not be as easy as you might imagine, especially with the shortened season.
Houston Astros (+1200)
The biggest question surrounding the Astros is whether fans are going to be willing to forget the sign stealing scandal that rocked them in the offseason. The positive thing for this team is that they will not have to listen to fans jeering them in the stands, which should allow them to stay focused and get the job done. There are a lot of new faces on the management side of things in Houston, but that should not really have an impact on a team that has put together 3-straight 100-win seasons.
Atlanta Braves (+1200)
There is no doubt that the Atlanta Braves have one of the most exciting young teams in baseball and that they look like a good bet to win the NL East again, but can they take the next step and win in the postseason? The Braves spent some money to keep some potential free agents and add a couple more, which tells us that they are serious about taking a run at the World Series. The signing of Yasiel Puig looked to be hug, but it all fell through when Puig tested positive for COVID-19. Keep an eye out for this team.
For me, the Yankees look like the team to beat, so I see them representing the AL in the World Series. I think they win it, taking out the Braves in the championship series.