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As MLB prepares to return, sportsbooks reveal odds for 2020 season

Baseball is set to return at the end of July, which is great news for sports fans and sports bettors in Colorado.

Baseball will give sports fans a common sport to consume while providing bettors a consistent and riveting menu of wagering options on a nightly basis into the fall months.

According to various estimates, over $55 billion is wagered on baseball each year, and sports bettors are chomping at the bit to bet on America’s Pastime after 100+ days without professional sports in North America.

Major League Baseball Tuesday implemented a 60-game season that will start on July 23 or 24 and end no later than September 30.

Some rules have been altered to accommodate the number of games and sudden return to action, per ESPN. Changes include:

  • Designated Hitter in the National League
  • 10 games vs. each divisional opponent; four games vs regional interleague opponents
  • Runner on second base to start extra innings
  • Aug. 31 trade deadline
  • COVID testing every other day for players

Now that the season is confirmed, numerous sportsbooks across Colorado have released odds for the coming season. Let’s take a look at some of the various offerings from sportsbooks around the state.

The following odds are examples of a futures bet. According to thelines.com, a futures bet is a wager on an event, series or an award that will finish in the future. This is different than a wager on the outcome of a single game, but almost as popular. The result of a futures bet is for an event or season that is completed in the future, not the day the wager is placed

To win the World Series:

BetMonarch:

Los Angeles Dodgers +350

New York Yankees +350

Houston Astros +1200

Colorado Rockies +15000

Draft Kings:

Los Angeles Dodgers +375

New York Yankees +400

Houston Astros +650

Colorado Rockies +15000

Fan Duel:

Los Angeles Dodgers +380

New York Yankees +400

Houston Astros +800

Colorado Rockies +16000

To win the National League:

Draft Kings:

Los Angeles Dodgers +170

Atlanta Braves +600

Washington Nationals +750

Colorado Rockies +7000

FOX Bet:

Los Angeles Dodgers +150

Atlanta Braves +500

Washington Nationals +800

Colorado Rockies +7000

To win NL MVP:

FOX Bet:

Mookie Bets +550

Cody Bellinger +650

Christian Yelich +750

Ronald Acuna Jr. +900

Nolan Arenado  +1600

It’s difficult to successfully pick a champion before a season has started, which is why there is value with just about every pick. Just imagine betting $10 on the Rockies (+15000) prior to the season starting, and they somehow managed to finesse their way to a championship, that $10 bet would turn into a $1500 payout.

Now, the reason why there is so much value on the Rockies is that the sharps do not believe there is a high chance the Rockies could win a title, even in a shortened 60 game season. From a talent perspective, the Rockies are probably not going to win the World Series in 2020, so please do not take this article to the bank and say I told you to bet the Rockies to win the World Series because in all likelihood, they probably will not. One can dream though.

One interesting play could be Nolan Arenado to win NL MVP (+1600). Again, I do not have a crystal ball, so do not take this pick to the bank, but there is some good value with Arenado here. The five-time all-star is entering his age 29 season, and certainly has a chip on his shoulder given how last season played out for the Rockies. Rumors of Arenado’s displeasure with the organization circulated throughout the baseball world all last season, so he could be motivated to play well to re-ignite trade interest.

Arenado is the best third baseman in baseball today and has placed within the top-5 of MVP voting three out of the last four years. Arenado often gets overlooked over the course of a 162 game season given the factors of playing at altitude, but now that the season has been shortened to 60 games he could manage to capture the attention of the national media should he perform at an MVP level as he has in the past.

Lastly, a majority of the Rockies games will be played against teams within the division. Arenado has had great success against teams within the National League West, owning a lifetime .297 batting average to pair with 50 RBI. As it stands, Arenado is tied with Bryce Harper for the seventh-best odds to win MVP.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like the shortened schedule will benefit offenses around the league as opposed to pitching staffs, and the Rockies have arguably the most talented lineup in the sport. We could see Arenado and the Rockies’ lineup feast like they have never done before, just a thought.

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1 comment

Jackson Wieger June 25, 2020 at 10:46 pm

I’m so excited to have MLB baseball back again! I can’t wait to watch and cheer for the Colorado Rockies and Nolan Arenado. That +1600 for MVP on Nolan sounds like a good sports bet to make in my opinion. Excited to see who will win the World Series this year. Go Rockies!

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