After all the discussion of how the MLB Playoffs would be affected with a 16-team tournament, the World Series comes down to the teams with the best record in the American and National League. For the first time since 2013, the best teams in each league face off as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays meet in the 2020 World Series.
Colorado’s fine assortment of sportsbooks have set their futures bets for the Series. Looking over their offerings, there are certainly a few wagers worth considering if you enjoy betting on baseball.
Colorado Sportsbooks Love the Dodgers
The favored Los Angeles Dodgers are primed to win their first MLB title since 1988. With a deep pitching staff and a star-studded lineup, the state’s sportsbooks give the Dodgers the edge for the Series.
Sports betting apps like DraftKings, FanDuel, FoxBet all list the Dodgers at -200 odds to win the title. The implied odds at these three books for the Dodgers hover around 66.7% to claim the World Series crown. BetMGM gives the Rays slightly better odds to win at -193, for a 65.9% probability.
For the Rays, all four books have set their odds to win at +160. A wager on Tampa Bay does offer some value when considering their accomplishments over the past three seasons. The team remains successful in the tough AL East with a micro-budget compared to their division counterparts, the Yankees and Red Sox.
Tampa will rely on the craftiness of their manager, Kevin Cash, to outsmart the Dodgers in the Series. Cash makes sharp moves that routinely pay off for his squad, giving them an edge over Los Angeles.
The Rays are also motivated to win their first title in team history as they are one of six franchises to never win a World Series trophy.
Dodgers Enjoy Experience Advantage at Globe Life Field
Another notable advantage for the Dodgers over the Rays is the new park that will host the Series. Globe Life Field, home to the Texas Rangers in Arlington, hosted Los Angeles in the NLDS and NLCS. The Dodgers also played games during the regular season at the park.
After a low scoring Game 1 of the NLCS, Globe Life Field gained the reputation of being a canyon that suppressed home runs. But the Dodgers rebounded to hit 16 round-trippers over the 7-game NLCS.
Needless to say, the Dodgers are comfortable hitting the baseball at Globe Life Field. In contrast, the Rays have yet to play at the new park in Texas. Consider the Dodgers’ experience at Globe Life Field to be an asset heading into the series.
Bet on Hitters to Win Series MVP
Among position players to win the World Series MVP, the top odds spot goes to Mookie Betts at +800. The right-fielder was non-existent at the plate in the NLCS. But his postseason track record makes him a prime candidate for a bounce back in the World Series.
Cody Bellinger at +1200 does not reflect the possibility that he plays injured throughout this series. After his game-winning home run in Game 7, Bellinger popped out his right shoulder after an exuberant celebration. He’s a risky play, even at that price.
If you are looking for a longshot MVP wager, don’t sleep on Rays outfielder Manuel Margot. At +4400 on DraftKings, Margot’s power-speed combo shined in the ALCS making him worth a look.
Look for Two-Start Pitchers for MVP Bets
Over the last ten years, starting pitchers have won the World Series MVP just twice. For a pitcher to win the top prize they’ll have to be dominant in both starts. That leaves only four true two-start candidates from both teams.
Odds from DraftKings
- Tyler Glasnow +900
- Clayton Kershaw +1000
- Walker Buehler +1200
- Charlie Morton +1500
With Kershaw’s checkered playoff resume, if he pitches well in two starts that lead to Dodgers wins, then you can bet confidently that he’ll be among the top contenders come award time. Glasnow and Morton both need to show efficiency to get deeper into the games to have a legitimate shot at winning the MVP.
Books Predict Long Series on Total Games
Another fun speculative wager when considering playing the World Series is the total games played bet. Just as the wager suggests, you are betting on how many games will be played regardless of the winner.
Odds at FanDuel
- Four Games +500
- Five Games +250
- Six Games +210
- Seven Games +220
Looking at the odds, the books firmly believe that odds are this series will end in six or seven games. After the NLCS and ALCS went seven, bettors can see a clear path to an extended series that seesaws between the two clubs.
Although the Dodgers enjoy the role of favorites, the Rays’ timely hitting should help squeak out a win or two. Also with the deep and talented pitching rosters on both clubs, runs could be at a premium giving Rays help to extend the series.
The six- and seven-game plays offer double your money with implied odds just under 33%. Either bet at those game levels offer top-notch value.
With game and series bets widely available among the Colorado sportsbooks, there will be plenty of action for serious sports betting fans and baseball fans alike.