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MLB odds of making the playoffs typically start with the best teams from the last season-opening as favourites the following year. The 2020 MLB season is no different. The 2019 MLB Champions, the Washington Nationals are fifth in line to win the 2020 World Series, in the bookmaker's eyes. The Dodgers have the best odds to win it, with the Yankees just behind them.
The Astros narrowly missed out in 2019, losing the Final head-to-head series 4-3 overall. The Houston Astros are 6.00 to win the 2020 MLB Finals.
The other teams with the best odds of making the MLB playoffs include the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. The Yankees come into the season as one of the favourites to win the World Series. They have a great chance once again, and they are still worthy contenders due to their depth. The Dodgers, even are outright favourites in the majority of sportsbooks, can they manage to get the win in the 2020/21 campaign?
What are the odds for the Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays open the MLB season with odds of 67.00 to win the competition outright. The Blue Jays are in full rebuild mode, and most fans and bettors realize 2020, much like 2019, is about development, not competing.
The Jays picked up MLB’s top prospect last year and will look to try and improve on last seasons performance now their new signing is fully-settled. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in their lineup, the Jays odds of making the playoffs improved slightly.
Once we have the MLB playoff brackets, we will publish the baseball playoff series odds.
MLB Playoff Predictions 2020
After an amazing 7-game World Series final between the Washington Capitals and the Houston Astros, we look to the 2020 MLB season and who might be crowned champions.
Most sportsbooks are favouring a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers, at 4.50 to win it outright compared to the next contender to take it at 5.00, the New York Yankees.
Last years' finalists the Houston Astros, are just behind the Yankees and are at 6.00 to become champions of this campaign. These three make up the front-runners in the pack, while the Atlanta Braves (13.00), last seasons' champions the Washington Nationals (15.00) and Chicago Cubs (17.00) are the outside favourites.
Other good bets to make the playoffs are the Milwaukee Brewers, the Philadelphia Phillies (who with Bryce Harper have the most stable roster in the erratic NL East) and the Boston Red Sox.
What are the types of MLB Playoff Odds
During the MLB playoffs, the three main betting options are MLB money lines, MLB game totals and MLB run lines.
MLB Playoffs Moneyline
The most common wager on MLB playoff games is the money line. Like the regular season, the starting pitcher is the top factor in determining a game’s money line. Injuries and home-field advantage are weighted into the odds as well. Rest is less a factor as there is more time off during the playoffs.
In general, money lines in the playoffs are closer together than they are during the regular season. The Boston Red Sox in 2019 playoffs saw all 14 of their playoff money lines range between 1.59 and 2.55 (compared to the regular season, which saw them as favourites of 1.33 or more a dozen times).
MLB Playoff Game Totals
With rotations shrinking in the playoffs to four or even three pitchers per playoff series, plus more off-days for relief pitchers to recover, playoff baseball is on average lower scoring. Run totals more frequently fall into the 7.5 to 8.5 range in the playoffs.
The best strategy for betting playoff run totals is to wait until the ALCS and NLCS. Betting the under during the LCS and World Series.
MLB Playoff Run Lines
Where bettors find the most value in the playoffs is on MLB playoff run lines. As money lines are much closer in the playoffs, run lines offer better value when betting on favourites. This betting value is partly because how few games in the playoffs are decided by a single run. Last year’s Pennant winners, the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, combined for eight one-run games previous postseason, over 30 games total. Consider betting the home team more often on the run line in the playoffs.
How do MLB Baseball Playoffs work
The MLB playoffs are broken down into four rounds, starting with the Wild Card games and ending with the World Series. The Wild Card games, played between the two teams with the best record not to win their Division, are the first games of the MLB playoffs.
The two games (both single-elimination) are on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the season ends (this season ends on Sunday, September 27).
The winners of the Wild Card games move on to the Divisional Round of the MLB playoffs. The Divisional Round is a best-of-five series, lasting roughly a week. After the Divisional round of the playoffs are the ALCS and NLCS. This round of the playoffs is a best-of-seven, with the winners advance in the 2020 World Series.
World Series action is scheduled to begin on October 20, with a potential game seven taking place on October 28. If there are weather delays, the exact dates of the playoffs and more specifically the World Series may change.
MLB Baseball Playoff Schedule 2020*
October 1 – First Wild Card Game
October 2 – Second Wild Card Game
October 3 & 4 – Start of the NLDS and ALDS
October 11 & 12 – Start of the NLCS and ALCS
October 21 – Start of the 2020 World Series
*Dates subject to change due to weather and scheduling conflicts