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Will Red Sox go over or under Vegas' 2020 MLB season season win total?

Will Red Sox go over or under Vegas' 2020 MLB season season win total?

Sportsbooks and oddsmakers in Las Vegas and across the nation have begun to release season win totals for the 2020 MLB campaign after the league announced earlier this week that there would be baseball this year after all.

The shortened schedule will include 60 regular season games for each team and begin July 23. 

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Caesars Sportsbook has set its win total (h/t ESPN), and the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way at 37. The New York Yankees are next at 36.5 wins. 

The Boston Red Sox are 19th on the list at 30.5 wins, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers. So, oddsmakers are expecting the Red Sox to be about a .500 team this season.

It's not a bad prediction, either. The Red Sox still have a great lineup that should rank in the top five in runs scored among American League teams, but the team also has real concerns throughout its pitching staff. Starting pitching depth is suspect, and the bullpen has plenty of weak spots as well.

Boston's odds to win the 2020 World Series are +3000, and it also has +1300 odds to win the AL pennant, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

There's no question the Red Sox will be an underdog this season, and it's possible they thrive in this role. Despite some of the veteran departures over the last two offseasons, this Red Sox roster still has plenty of championship experience on it.

How David Price opting out of 2020 season impacts Red Sox, MLB

How David Price opting out of 2020 season impacts Red Sox, MLB

We won't see David Price in Dodger blue this season, after all.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher announced Saturday via Twitter he won't play in Major League Baseball's shortened 2020 season, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dodgers said in a statement they fully support Price's decision.

A handful of other stars already have opted out of the 2020 season -- including Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond and Washington Nationals teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross -- but Price is the biggest star yet to back out.

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From a business perspective, Price's decision saves the Red Sox some cash: Boston no longer has to pay its $5.7 million share of Price's $11.5 million prorated salary for 2020 after trading him to Los Angeles this offseason, per The Boston Globe's Alex Speier.

The Red Sox were just under the luxury tax for their 2020 payroll prior to the pandemic, and while the 2020 luxury tax in the age of COVID-19 has yet to be determined, per Speier, taking Price off their books gives them some flexibility.

But Price's decision obviously is about much more than money. A handful of players already have tested positive for COVID-19 since teams began training camps July 1, and the 34-year-old veteran is one of several players who have legitimate safety concerns about playing the season.

Price was expected to be a key rotation member for the World Series favorite Dodgers, and his decision to step away might cause others to follow his lead.

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the results of the league's initial round of coronavirus testing on Friday.

According to their joint statement, 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of the 3,185 total individuals tested (1.2 positivity rate). Nineteen of 30 teams had positive cases.


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While the results are promising, it's important to note there still will be significant health and safety hurdles for the league to avoid a spread when the 60-game season begins later this month. A number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, started workouts Friday at their home ballparks.

Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Friday the team has some positive COVID-19 cases. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez did not join the rest of the team for the first day of workouts as he was "around somebody who was sick" and awaiting the results of his own coronavirus test.