The exciting news is that the 2020 MLB regular season is finally set to get underway. Even more exciting is all the MLB betting options you will find at online sportsbooks. The top-rated online books catering to the US market have dialed things up in light of all the pent-up demand for betting action.
Along with a full set of betting lines for all the season openers on July 23 and July 24, you will find an extended list of MLB futures and special prop bet options. All the posted odds have been updated using the specifics of the shortened 60-game schedule.
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First off, 40 of the 60 games will be played against division opponents with each team facing each division foe 10 times. The remaining 20 games will be interleague matchups on a division vs. division basis.
The AL East will be pitted against the NL East with the other two divisions in each league following suit. This keeps all the most interesting interleague matchups intact such as the Yankees verse the Mets for New York bragging rights.
The regular season schedule comes to a close on Sept. 27 followed by the usual format for the playoffs and 2020 World Series.
Given that every team will play a good chunk of this schedule within its own division, betting the OVER/UNDER on projected wins becomes a very interesting proposition. In seasons like 2020, you really need to understand value in betting.
The New York Yankees are the clear favorites to win the AL East and they have the best odds at +225 to win the AL Pennant. The Houston Astros, out of the AL West are next on that list as +625 second-favorites followed by the AL Central’s Minnesota Twins at +700.
The projected win total for New York is 36 ½ games with the betting odds slightly favoring the OVER at -125. The odds for betting the UNDER are -105. Going back to last season, the Yankees won a total of 103 games in the regular 162-game schedule with a 54-22 record against the AL East. They were 12-8 in 20 interleague games.
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The 60-game sprint to the division crown or wild card spot in the postseason adds quite a bit of intrigue to any number of MLB futures and prop bets.
The NL Central is always one of the most competitive battles for a division title. The projected win total for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals is set at 31 ½ games with -115 odds posted for the OVER and UNDER. It does not get any closer than that. Every one of the divisional series played in that title race will have a huge impact on the eventual outcome.
Another interesting betting option on the board at online books taking bets is individual player props. Odds have been posted for the OVER/UNDER on personal performances. This includes total wins and strikeouts for starting pitches and saves for closers. The betting options for the top sluggers in each league cover home runs and RBI.
This list of special betting props cover as many as many as 10 different players for each of the 30 teams. That is more than enough opportunity to cash in a few winners along the way.
It was a long, hard dry spell for avid MLB fans and bettors alike during the four-month delay. However, it may have been worth the wait given just how exciting baseball should be this season.