When the 2020 MLB regular season finally gets underway, there are a few things that are not expected to change much at all with regards to the baseball betting futures market. One of them is that the Los Angeles Dodgers will most likely remain the biggest favorites to win their division at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This should be no surprise considering the Dodgers have won the National League West each of the previous seven years, and they are arguably better this season if they stay healthy.
Healthy is a very key word now considering the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the sports world and around the globe overall. But Los Angeles is currently a massive -900 favorite (bet $900 to win $100) to take home an eighth straight NL West title due to little competition. The second choice behind the Dodgers is the Arizona Diamondbacks at +800 (bet $100 to win $800) while the San Diego Padres are third at +1100.
To put in perspective how heavy chalk Los Angeles is at the moment at sports betting sites, the New York Yankees are the second-biggest favorites to win their respective division at -450 to claim the American League East title. The Houston Astros are next in line at -225 to win the AL West followed by the Minnesota Twins at -165 to do the same in the AL Central.
The Astros certainly will be one of the most closely watched teams in baseball after the sign-stealing scandal that saw them lose their manager and GM in addition to their integrity. With Dusty Baker leading Houston, he will have to help his new team fend off the Oakland Athletics (+300) and Los Angeles Angels (+600) among others.
Then there are two divisional races in the NL that look to be extremely competitive from a betting perspective. The Atlanta Braves are +175 favorites on the MLB odds to win their third NL East title in a row over the Washington Nationals (+250), New York Mets (+300), Philadelphia Phillies (+300) and Miami Marlins (+35000). In the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals will go for back-to-back division titles as +215 favorites over the Chicago Cubs (+250), Milwaukee Brewers (+275), Cincinnati Reds (+275) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+7500).