The 2020 MLB regular season is over halfway through and there have been plenty of highlights thus far. An unprecedented 60-game schedule began on July 23 and is scheduled to run until Sept. 27, before an unusual MLB playoffs scenario is unleashed. This year’s baseball postseason will include an unprecedented 16 teams.
Teams are playing a regional schedule with most matchups coming within their own division, and 20 interleague games scheduled against teams from nearby cities. While we’ve seen the Yankees and Mets “Subway Series” postponed due to virus concerns, the Cubs and White Sox played an exciting crosstown series and the Dodgers swept the Angels in a crosstown battle in Los Angeles.
Speaking of the Dodgers, the defending NL champs have become the consensus favorite after winning the race to 20 wins and gaining some space from the upstart Padres in the NL West standings.
The Cubs have taken control in the usually competitive NL Central, which is a bit of a mess this year in part because the Cardinals missed over two weeks of scheduled games due to a virus outbreak.
The Athletics have been the surprise leader in the AL West, although the Astros are starting to find their stride after struggling initially in the wake of their cheating scandal. The Rays have crept past the star-studded Yankees, as the Bronx Bombers are once again dealing with injuries to their big-name sluggers, and the AL Central has the tightest race in baseball between the White Sox, Indians, and Twins.
This article analyzes the adjusted win totals for the 60-game season as determined by oddsmakers at sportsbooks. These Team Futures were set prior to Opening Day and are no longer available at sportsbooks, but there is still a healthy Futures market to bet on Division Winners, League Winners, and the World Series champion in 2020.
2020 MLB win totals
Where do I find MLB win totals in a sportsbook?
To find MLB win totals on an online sportsbook, simply click the MLB tab and look for a subset labeled Team Wins or Regular Season Win Totals.
All 30 MLB teams should be listed with a proposition on their prospective win totals. In a typical year, the prop usually falls between two numbers around 87.5 wins, so that a proposition pays out for “Over” bets if the team wins 88 or more games, and pays out for “Under” bets if the team wins 87 or fewer games. In a 60-game season, we should see props closer to 32.5 for most teams and up around 40.5 for the favorites.
Each team will have different odds for going over or under their projected win total and those odds may vary on different sportsbooks. So let’s say the Yankees are projected to win 38.5 games with -125 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, but they have -120 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook on a projected win total of 37.5 games. Clearly, the second bet offers a bet prospect and savvy gamblers will choose the better option for their futures wager.
Best sportsbooks to bet MLB win totals
How to bet other MLB futures
Futures bets refer to propositions that usually predict how a team will fare during the regular season or postseason. Odds for how a team might finish within their division, league, or if they have a chance to win the World Series will be set very early by most sportsbooks.
Before the Gerrit Cole signing, the Astros and Dodgers were the favorites to win 2020 World Series. Following the season postponement, the Dodgers are still the favorites with +375 odds and the Yankees have moved up to +400 odds with the Astors checking in at +650 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. That means a $100 bet on the Yankees to win the World Series would profit $400 if successful this October.
The Yankees (+175) are also favored to win the American League with the Astros (+350), Twins (+800), and Rays (+800) behind them at DK. The Dodgers (+170) are trailing by the Braves (+600), Nationals (+750), and Mets (+900) in the National League Futures market.
Closer to the season, futures odds will become available for player propositions such as the Home Run champion, league leader in strikeouts, and batting average. MVP and Cy Young futures are already available at certain books.
For division champions, teams that are considered very likely to win a weaker division might be listed with negative odds. For example, the Astros were listed as -200 to win the AL West ahead of the 2019 season, which means a $100 investment only paid out $50 when they clinched their division.
Since this baseball season is only 60 games long, unexpected outcomes are more likely to occur, so don’t be afraid to take an underdog in this new format.
What are the lowest and highest MLB win total propositions?
According to PointsBet Sportsbook, the Yankees and Dodgers have the highest win total props at 38.5 wins. The Orioles (20.5) have the lowest proposed win total.
Can win totals change during the season?
Win totals are only available prior to the season since they’re a season-long proposition. Other futures bets, such as division and league winners, are available throughout the season with shifting odds. However, futures bets can be temporarily taken off the board while games are in action or if other key news breaks.
When does the 2020 MLB season start?
The shortened MLB season started on July 23 and ends on Sept. 27. The World Series begins on Oct. 20 and a potential Game 7 would be on Oct. 28.