In response to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB suspended the 2020 season as of March 12, but we finally have word of when and how the season will take place.
Teams will open training camp in their host cities on July 1 and games are expected to begin by July 23 or 24. There will be a 60-game season over 66 days, ending on Sept. 27, before the usual MLB playoff structure begins with three division winners qualifying and a wild card play-in game.
Note that teams will almost exclusively play against their own division, with an expected 20 games of interleague play against teams from nearby cities.
In this article, we look at some of the adjusted win totals as determined by oddsmakers at sportsbooks. Since the regular season will be much shorter than the usual 162-game schedule, oddsmakers have adjusted with new win totals for each team.
With all that news about negotiations between the players and owners behind us now, let’s take a look at some of the key offseason signings that changed the landscape ahead of the 2020 season.
Here is a recap of some of the biggest moves:
- The Yankees landed stud RHP Gerrit Cole with a record-setting $324 million contract over nine years.
- The Dodgers traded for Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox, sending Alex Verdugo to Boston and Kenta Maeda to Minnesota as part of a blockbuster three-way deal. The Twins also signed 3B Josh Donaldson to a four-year deal.
- The Indians traded former CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.
- The Diamondbacks acquired all-star OF Starling Marte from the Pirates and signed Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
- The National re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year deal worth $245 million. The Nats also retained NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick and closer Daniel Hudson.
- The Angels signed former Nats star Anthony Rendon to a $245 million contract over seven years.
- The Braves bring in veteran LHP Cole Hamels on a one-year, $18 million deal, added OF Marcell Ozuna, former Giants reliever Will Smith, and signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud for two years.
- The White Sox bolstered their lineup with Edwin Encarnacion, Yasmani Grandal, and Nomar Mazara, and added LHP Dallas Keuchel.
- The Reds added 3B Mike Moustakas and OF Nick Castellanos.
- The Phillies signed promising but injury-prone RHP Zack Wheeler and acquired former Yankees SS Didi Gregorious.
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 starts 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.