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Baseball odds for 2020: Dodgers, Yankees, betting favorites

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If you’re like me, your first impulse upon hearing that we were going to have (a) a 60-game season in which; (b) teams only play other teams in their own geographical areas; (c) play a full-size postseason; and (d) do all of that amidst some radical rules changes, roster expansions, and health and safety protocols, was to say “that’s chaos, my friend!”

Well, maybe. After looking at the matter yesterday, I found that, over the past 25 years, close to 70% of eventual playoff teams were in playoff position through 60 games. What’s more, over the last five years, there was never a season in which more than three of the ten playoff teams were out of playoff position after 60 games. It’s not a 162 marathon, but there are pretty good odds that the teams we assumed, back in March, to be the best teams in 2020 will still be the ones most likely to succeed in 2020.

The oddsmakers tend to agree. Here are the latest baseball odds for 2020, per DraftKings:

Odds to win World Series

Dodgers: +375
Yankees +400
Astros + 650
Braves +1300
Twins +1600
Rays +1800
Nationals +1800
Phillies +2000
Cardinals +2000
Cubs +2200
Indians +2200
Mets +2200
Reds +2500
Athletics +2500
Red Sox +3000
White Sox +3000
Brewers +3000
Angels +3300
Diamondbacks +4000
Padres +4000
Rangers +8000
Pirates +10000
Blue Jays +10000
Rockies +15000
Giants +25000
Royals +50000
Mariners +50000
Orioles +75000
Tigers +75000
Marlins +75000

And for the fun of it, here are their odds to win the pennant:

National League

Dodgers +170
Braves +600
Nationals +750
Mets +900
Cardinals +900
Cubs +1100
Phillies +1100
Reds +1500
Brewers +2000
Padres +2200
Diamondbacks +3000
Rockies +7000
Pirates +10000
Giants +12500
Marlins +35000

American League

Yankees +175
Astros +350
Twins +800
Rays +800
Indians +1100
Red Sox +1300
Athletics +1300
White Sox +1500
Angels +1500
Rangers +1500
Blue Jays +5000
Royals +25000
Mariner +25000
Orioles +35000
Tigers +35000

Happy wagering with these baseball odds for 2020.

Dodgers clinch NL’s top seed, West title with win over A’s

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one was sure three months ago if there would be a baseball season, manager Dave Roberts wanted his team to still savor the moment.

The Dodgers clinched the NL’s top postseason seed and eighth straight division title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. They are third team to win at least eight straight division titles, joining the Atlanta Braves (14 straight from 1991-2005) and New York Yankees (nine straight from 1998-2006).

“To fast forward a couple months and be crowned NL West champs is a credit to everyone. It should never be taken for granted,” Roberts said. “Truth be told a lot of guys didn’t know we could clinch. We were responsible but I let it know that it has to be appreciated.”

The Dodgers, who own the best record in the majors at 39-16, were the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff berth on Sept. 16. They will open postseason play on Sept. 30 by hosting every game in a best-of-three series against the No. 8 seed.

Los Angeles came into the day with a magic number of two and got help with the Angels’ 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Instead of a wild celebration on the mound after Jake McGee struck out Sean Murphy for the final out, players briskly walked out of the dugout to celebrate with teammates. Everyone grabbed a division clinching shirt and cap before heading to the mound for a group photo.

The clubhouse celebration was also muted. Champagne was still involved, but it was players toasting each other with a glass instead of being showered in it.

“We talked about it instead of dumping stuff on people. It’s a moment you need to celebrate and we did,” said Corey Seager, who had three hits and one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, “It stinks not being able to do champagne and beer showers because some of the younger guys haven’t been able to experience that.”

Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock also went deep for Los Angeles, which leads the majors with 104 home runs.

“This whole year has been weird. There’s no other way to describe it,” Muncy said. “It’s sad not to be celebrate as usual but we know there is a lot more at stake.”

Dustin May (2-1) went five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. The 22-year-old red-headed righty set a team record by not allowing more than three earned runs in his first 13 career starts, which include 10 this season.

Robbie Grossman homered for Oakland, which clinched its first AL West crown in seven years on Monday during a day off. The Athletics, in the postseason for the third straight year, currently are the AL’s No. 3 seed.

Mark Canha had two of Oakland’s five hits.

Seager tied it at 1 in the first with an RBI single and then led off the fifth with a drive to center off T.J. McFarland to extend LA’s lead to 6-2.

Muncy gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer. Taylor and Pollock extended it with solo shots in the fourth off Oakland starter Frankie Montas (3-5).

Grossman quickly gave Oakland a 1-0 lead when he homered off the left-field pole in the first inning. Sean Murphy briefly gave the Athletics a 2-1 advantage when he led off the third with a walk and scored on a wild pitch by May with two outs.

Montas, who allowed only four home runs in his first seven starts, has given up six in his past three. The right-hander went four innings and yielded five runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

“They’re a pretty good team that when you make mistakes, they make you pay,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “They’re pretty good laying off and making you throw it over the plate. They made Montas pay, unfortunately.”

Cody Bellinger added two hits for the Dodgers, including an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh.

ATHLETICS ADVANCE

The A’s have a team text thread they used to celebrate clinching their first AL West title since 2013 during their off day Monday, when the Mariners beat Houston.

“We didn’t really celebrate too much yet. It’s exciting,” Chad Pinder said. “We wanted to do it on our own terms. We still won the division and that was our goal. It’s nice to know we’ll be playing home for the series.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: INF/OF Pinder (strained right hamstring) planned to run at Dodger Stadium and test his leg with hopes of still playing before the conclusion of the regular season. …. RHP Daniel Mengden has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was designated for assignment after being medically cleared and reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list following a positive test from Aug. 28.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner was scratched from the lineup less than an hour before first pitch due to left hamstring discomfort He came off the injured list on Sept. 15 and has not played in the field since Aug. 28. … Joc Pederson was in the lineup at DH after missing five games while on the family emergency medical list. Roberts said before the game that he wasn’t sure if Pederson will remain with the team during the entire postseason.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.50) is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts dating to Aug. 20.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (3-0, 3.49) will make his team-leading 11th start.

AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this story.

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