Major League Baseball just can’t seem to get its act together, as negotiations between the players and owners have continued to linger through the early days of June.
The MLBPA has been working night and day towards a financial agreement that would pay players on a pro-rata basis.
On the other hand, the owners have been adamant in their desire towards a 50/50 revenue split, as this would help mitigate potential losses from a spectator-less season.
Nonetheless, pundits throughout baseball are still optimistic that the two sides will come to some sort of agreement catering to the monetary needs of both parties.
A compromise that would pay players prorated salaries over a drastically shortened season (around 50 to 60 games) seems to be in the works, and this would surely transform the overall landscape of the sport as we attempt to handicap this year’s World Series contenders.
American League Pennant
According to bookmakers, the New York Yankees are far and away the frontrunners to represent the American League in this year’s World Series.
At +155 to win the pennant, and +325 to win the World Series, there isn’t much value to justify any action on the Bronx Bombers this fall.
Thus, I’d look to a team like the Los Angeles Angels to potentially make some noise in what figures to be a dead sprint to the finish line, as a shortened season could help hide some of the deficiencies in their rotation.
The Halos currently stand at 16:1 (+1600) to win the pennant — the ninth-best odds in the American League.
The addition of Anthony Rendon could help transform this Angels lineup, as new manager Joe Maddon will be salivating over a lineup card that will feature Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani to complement the aforementioned Rendon.
I’d be more than happy to take my chances on this star-studded bunch, as anything can happen over a 60-game stretch.
Check out some of the top American League pennant and World Series odds below:
- New York Yankees: +155 |+325
- Houston Astros: +350 |+775
- Minnesota Twins: +850 |+1800
- Tampa Bay Rays: +1000 | +2200
- Cleveland Indians: +1000 |+2400
- Oakland Athletics: +1100 |+2500
- Chicago White Sox: +1400 |+2400
- Los Angeles Angels: +1600 |+2400
- Boston Red Sox: +2000 |+4500
* according to Bovada
National League Pennant
Similar to the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers are penciled in as the odds-on favorites to win this year’s National League pennant. They are at +165 to make the World Series and +325 to win it.
They are definitely the safe bet to come out of the National League, as the unparalleled pressure they face each postseason won’t be nearly the same as years past. An easy division will help keep this ballclub fresh for the playoffs, as much of their competition stems from the National League East and Central.
However, expect the Braves, Nationals, Mets, Cardinals, and Phillies to contend as well, as their odds to win the pennant and World Series can be seen below:
- Los Angeles Dodgers: +165 |+325
- Atlanta Braves: +625 |+1500
- Washington Nationals: +750 |+1800
- New York Mets: +950 |+2000
- St. Louis Cardinals: +1100 |+2200
- Philadelphia Phillies: +1500 |+3000
* according to Bovada
The National League has some staunch competition from top to bottom, so it will be fascinating to see who stands in the Dodgers way come the postseason.
Expect either the Braves or Mets to potentially duke it out for the National League East crown, as this will loom large in determining which team can avoid the Dodgers in the first round, and potentially make a run to the World Series.
Needless to say, I can’t wait for October baseball.