MLB has officially announced its return and will be resuming on July 23 or July 24, playing a 60-game season in 66 days.
As a result of Tuesday's news, Caesars Sportsbook has updated their initial odds for the 2020 World Series winner.
Updated Odds to Win World Series @CaesarsEnt : NYY, LAD 7/2, Hou 11/1, Atl Min 15, TB Was 18, CHC Cin Oak 20, Ang NYM 22, CWS Cle Stl 25, Phi SD 30, Mil 40, Ari Bos 50, Tex 60, Tor 75, Col 100, Det Mia KC Pit SF Sea 250, Bal 500.— Rex Beyers (@Rex_Beyers) June 24, 2020
MLB BACK 😤— br_betting (@br_betting) June 24, 2020
Who we betting to win it all? pic.twitter.com/TmcJ3n4mWl
The A's are listed with the eighth-best odds at +2000 ($100 bet wins you $2000).
Meanwhile, all the way down at the bottom of the board are the Giants. They have +25000 odds, tied for the second-worst odds in MLB. The Mariners, Pirates, Royals, Tigers and Marlins join the Giants at +25000.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees sit atop the board as co-favorites at +350. The defending AL champion Houston Astros have the third-best odds at +1100.
Rounding out the top five are the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins both listed at +1500. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals have the sixth-best odds at +1800.
The worst odds go to the Baltimore Orioles at +50000.
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Betting on the favorite with so many variables involved with this season seems like an ill-advised choice. You're better off taking a longshot with so few games to play, especially when you consider the Nationals won the World Series last year, but started off 19-31 through 50 games.
Odds will surely change throughout the year, but even in a shortened season, the books are expecting a down season for the Giants and give the A's a solid shot to win the World Series.
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