Spring training bets are a great way for baseball fans to get ready for the upcoming season, but so, of course, are futures bets. Beginning today we’re going to look at all of the major team and player bets you make on the 2020 season, beginning with the American League East.
New York Yankees
Division Champions: -370
Regular Season Wins: 101.5
The Yankees are the runaway favorite to win the AL East, but I would not recommend placing a wager on their eventual division championship. At -370, what’s the point? There just isn’t enough value there to justify the risk of the bet.
That win total is interesting in that right now the under is paying +105, while the over is at -132. Tampa Bay and Boston are safe bets to finish over .500, and Toronto could be close, lowering New York’s overall number of expected wins.
Tampa Bay Rays
Division Champions: +400
Regular Season Wins: 90.5
If you were going to bet on anyone to win the AL East, Tampa Bay would be my pick. Not because I think they will beat the Yankees, but because I think they could. And +400 is a much better risk/reward scenario than a Yankees bet.
If Blake Snell can remain healthy this season and return to his 2018 Cy Young winning form I also like the Tampa Bay over at 90.5 wins.
Boston Red Sox
Division Champions: +800
Regular Season Wins: 84.5
The biggest shakeup of the offseason came when the Red Sox sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. There is no replacing him – he is the only player in history to win the MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season.
But J.D. Martinez is still an all-world hitter, Chris Sale is one of the American League’s top 5 starters, and Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts are a great left side of the infield.
First place will be a tall order in Boston this season, but a bounce back into a wildcard slot is not out of the question.
Toronto Blue Jays
Division Champions: +5000
Regular Season Wins: 74.5
The future is bright in Toronto, but just how bright it shines in 2020 remains to be seen. There is an awful lot to like about the three sons – Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio. The apples have not fallen far from the tree. Add in Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. (the younger brother of Yuli Gurriel) and there is a great young nucleus to build around. The problem is that building has yet to take place, leaving the Blue Jays in 4th place.
Division Champions: +10000
Regular Season Wins: 56.5
Only two teams are projected to finish with 100 losses this season by the betting lines, and the Orioles have the honor of being one of them. And I would even take the under on that 56.5 win total. After trading away Dylan Bundy and Johnathan Villar the Orioles could easily surpass last year’s 108 losses.
In 2022 I expect the Orioles will be competitive. But in 2020 they will not be even a little good.