World Series Odds 2020

MLB Futures For Every Team

Major League Baseball players agreed Tuesday, June 23, to report to training camps by July 1 under a planned 60-game season imposed by commissioner Rob Manfred to begin in late July. The long-awaited and much-anticipated return of MLB keeps outstanding futures bets alive, and also resets the odds to win the 2020 World Series.

As part of the 60-game season, each team will play four games against each of their 10 divisional opponents. Another four games will be played against each of the five teams in the corresponding division from the other league. All teams from both leagues will play with a designated hitter.

Games going beyond nine innings will start each half-inning with a runner on second base. The runner will be the batting team’s final out of the previous inning. Finally, the standard 10-team MLB playoffs format will still be followed, including a play-in game in each league.

On this page, we look at the updated 2020 World Series odds, highlight some of the top contenders and biggest movers from the futures odds in March, and break down all the different betting options for the 2020 MLB season and the World Series.

World Series odds 2020

World Series Winner

LA Dodgers
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+375
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+380
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+380
NY Yankees
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+400
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+400
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+380
Houston
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+650
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+800
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+750
Atlanta
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+1200
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+1400
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+1300
Minnesota
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+1600
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+1500
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+1500
Tampa Bay
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+1800
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+1700
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+1800
Washington
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+1800
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+1800
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+1800
NY Mets
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+2000
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+2200
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+2200
Philadelphia
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+2000
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+2500
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+2200
St. Louis
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+2000
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+2500
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+2200
Chicago Cubs
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+2200
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+2600
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+2200
Cleveland
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+2200
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+2300
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+2200
Chicago WS
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+2500
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+3300
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+3000
Cincinnati
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+2500
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+2600
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+2800
Oakland
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+2500
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+2500
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+2200
Boston
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+3000
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+4300
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+4000
LA Angels
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+3500
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+3500
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+4000
Milwaukee
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+3500
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+3500
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+4000
San Diego
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+4000
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+4600
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+5000
Arizona
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+5000
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+4300
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+5000
Texas
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+8000
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+7000
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+8000
Pittsburgh
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+10000
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+16000
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+25000
Toronto
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+10000
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+8500
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+10000
Colorado
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+15000
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+16000
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+17500
SF Giants
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+15000
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+30000
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+30000
Kansas City
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+50000
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+30000
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+50000
Seattle
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+50000
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+30000
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+50000
Baltimore
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+75000
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+30000
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+75000
Detroit
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+75000
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+30000
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+75000
Miami
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+75000
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The favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers (+375): Dodgers fans are among those breathing the heaviest sigh of relief with official word there will be a 2020 MLB season. OF Mookie Betts and SP David Price will get to play this season after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox this past winter. Reigning National League MVP OF Cody Bellinger will lead the way behind a stellar starting rotation fronted by Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Price.

New York Yankees (+400): The Yankees benefit from the long-delayed start to the season as C Gary Sanchez (back), OFs Aaron Judge (ribs) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf), and SP James Paxton (back) had all been doubtful to start the season in April. They’re the clear favorites in the American League East and should feast on the bottom-feeding Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles while cruising through the abbreviated regular season. They’re heavy early favorites among bettors with 49 percent of the money coming in on the Bronx Bombers at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Houston Astros (+650): Like the Dodgers and Yankees, the Astros remain heavy 2020 World Series favorites, though they’re futures odds have ticked up slightly. Playing without fans in road stadiums will be a benefit following a sign-stealing scandal that had invoked plenty of offseason anger. SP Justin Verlander (groin) is expected to now start the season on time.

The contenders

Atlanta Braves (+1300): The Braves stay ahead of the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals in the NL East. A roster loaded with top-end young talent should be able to get off to a quick start following the delay and veteran starters Cole Hamels and Felix Hernandez could shine in more limited usage.

Minnesota Twins (+1600): The Twins hit a league-high 307 home runs in 2019 and the long ball may be an even bigger key to success in a shortened season. Like other teams from the northern United States, they won’t need to worry about poor weather affecting their home games early or late in a 60-game season.

Tampa Bay Rays (+1800): The Rays’ top-three starters of Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton are as good as any three-man group in the AL, if not all of baseball. A strong stable of prospects including SS Wander Franco, SP/DH Brendan McKay, and 2B/SS Vidal Brujan could all make major impacts as part of an expanded roster.

Washington Nationals (+1800): The Nats have had some extra time to recover from their 2019 World Series hangover. Top-three starters Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin can be leaned on more heavily without manager Dave Martinez needing to worry as much about saving them for the postseason.

The biggest movers

Chicago White Sox (+3000): The young White Sox were +3500 to win the 2020 World Series before the start of the season was postponed. They were already expected to challenge the Twins in the AL Central after a busy and successful offseason and young stars such as OF Eloy Jimenez, OF Luis Robert, and 2B Nick Madrigal should be fresh and ready coming out of the break.

Los Angeles Angels (+3300): No one in baseball can do more over a 60-game stretch than Angels OF Mike Trout. The delayed start has allowed more rest for key complements OF Justin Upton and SP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Offseason addition 3B Anthony Rendon provides the leadership to help get his new team to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

San Diego Padres (+4500): The Padres were priced at +5000 in early March. Offseason additions OF Tommy Pham, OF Trent Grisham, and 2B Jurickson Profar greatly improve a team that finished 70-92 and last in the NL West last season.

Texas Rangers (+8000): The Rangers were one of eight teams priced at +10000 or higher in March. They’re the only one of those teams to notice a significant drop in their odds for the shortened season based around divisional games. SP Corey Kluber will be heavily used after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians this offseason and 3B Nick Solak can build on a strong 33-game debut in 2019.

Basics of MLB Futures

Betting on the World Series is available all season long in the form of futures bets. It’s simple — find a team that you like and bet on them at their odds to win it all. For example, the Yankees were +600 (or 6/1) before the season to win the 2019 World Series. Had you placed a $10 bet on them and they did hoist the championship trophy, it would’ve earned you a $60 profit (but it’s a good thing you didn’t).

Futures bets may also include the winner of the American League, National League, and each division. Some sportsbooks delve deeper with “prop bets” on individual achievements, such as who will lead the Majors in home runs, wins, strikeouts, etc.

Generally, books take bets on futures in between game action. When teams are competing on a full slate of night games, your sportsbook of choice might hold off on updating odds in the event there is a catastrophic injury or another event that might change the prospects of a contender.

Here is a quick summary of how the odds are displayed for MLB Futures bets:

  • Some sportsbooks will use a system that shows the odds as 5/1, while some display them as +500. This is just semantics, as both systems indicate that a winning $100 bet on the team would cash out at 5x that amount ($500).
  • Odds can also be split into fractions. A team may be listed as a 9/2 favorite on one book, which is the same as a +450 favorite, i.e. a winning ticket pays out 4.5x the amount of the bet.

History of MLB futures

Placing a longshot Futures bet is a very risky proposition. In the NBA, for one, it’s almost akin to throwing away your money. The NFL is a bit more unpredictable with its single-elimination postseason, and the MLB is somewhere in between.

Rarely has a team come out of “nowhere” to win the World Series over the past several years, but plenty of fringe contenders have started the season with long odds before getting hot at the right time. According to archives compiled by William Hill Sportsbook, the Kansas City Royals were listed with +3300 odds to win it all during the first month of the 2015 season. Those odds dropped to +1400 in May, +1000 in June, and were down to +550 by the time the playoffs began.

In 2014, the San Francisco Giants opened the season with +2500 odds and went on to win it all. The Boston Red Sox were getting +2800 odds prior to the 2013 season, and the St. Louis Cardinals were getting +2500 odds prior to the 2011 season.

Hence, there is value in placing a small bet on an underdog early in the season. The Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, and even the slugging Colorado Rockies come to mind as fringe contenders with long odds this year. The past three years, the World Series crown has gone to one of the favored teams. The Cubs, Astros, and Red Sox paid off after opening the season with odds around +1000 or lower. There is a chance that an unexpected champion is crowned, but it is not guaranteed in today’s MLB due to the importance of pitching in the postseason.

Other ways to bet on the World Series

For those with wagering experience in other sports, much of the baseball terminology and concepts will be familiar. However, as with all sports, there are certain bet types and props that naturally are particular to the individual sport.

Here are the various ways to get a wager down on the World Series.

  • Moneyline: As with other sports, the moneyline represents the odds of a team winning a game. A “minus” sign indicates the favorite.  The number next to the minus sign represents the amount of money a bettor would need to wager to win a theoretical amount of $100. A “plus” sign indicates the underdog. The amount next to the plus sign represents the amount of money a bettor would win on a theoretical amount of $100.
  • Runline: Typically set at either -1.5 or +1.5, the runline functions much like the point spread in other sports. In a conventional runline scenario, the favored team must win by two or more runs or the underdog must lose by two runs or less in order for the runline to be covered. Odds are assigned next to the favorite (which is designated with a runline of -1.5) and underdog (which is designated with a runline of +1.5).
  • Total runs (over/under): The total combined number of runs projected to be scored in the game by both teams. As with other sports, bettors can place bets on the total either being exceeded or being greater than the amount of total runs scored.
  • Series line: With baseball usually being played in multi-game series between two teams — three- or four-game series being the most common — wagers are also available on which team will emerge as the winner in each matchup.
  • Player props: A variety of wagers based on individual players reaching certain benchmarks within a game or in a season.  Seasonal examples include over/under wagers on the number of hits, extra-base hits or home runs a player might hit in a season. In-game examples include over/under wagers on the number of hits, walks or home runs a player might hit in a game.
  • Team props: A variety of wagers based on teams reaching certain benchmarks within a game. Examples include over/under wagers on whether a team will score a team will score a certain amount of runs in a game. Or, how many runs a team will score by a certain inning within a game.
  • Parlays: Parlay wagering is defined as a series of bets that must all be correct in order for a bettor to be paid. Parlay bets feature more favorable odds and payouts due to the increased difficulty involved in predicting multiple outcomes correctly.

MLB betting FAQ

Where can I bet on the World Series in the US?

Currently, there are 16 states that offer legal sports betting. Residents of those states can use online sportsbooks (if available) or casino sportsbooks to place legal, real-money bets.

Who is the favorite to win the World Series in 2020?

The Dodgers are the 2020 World Series favorites after landing former AL MVP Mookie Betts.

Where can I get MLB betting tips?

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