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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.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.