Tomorrow, Major League Baseball breaks the seal for the major American sport, bringing the show to a sports starved country for a shortened 60 game season. The mana from sports heaven begins with the defending champion, Washington Nationals taking on Garret Cole and the visiting New York Yankees at 7:08 ET. Max Scherzer and the Nationals are a +120 underdog mostly due to the popularity of the Yankees.
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Then, one of the fiercest rivalries in sports gets reacquainted when the San Francisco Giants head to Los Angeles for a date with the Dodgers. The stacked Blue Crew stands at -310 favorite thanks to the strength of Clayton Kershaw and the likely rebuilding year ahead for the Giants.
Major League Baseball Futures
Predicting futures for the MLB looks harder than ever thanks to the shortened season. However, at least you won’t have to wait all summer to see if your bet paid off! Baseball teams and players famously start slow and heat up as the marathon season unfolds. Obviously, this year it’s a sprint so here’s some scuttlebutt to help you choose your winners.
The Dodgers Are Loaded
Adding Mookie Betts (+285 for NL MVP) to a team that won 106 games last year helped make them co-favorites at +375 with the Yankees to win it all. Despite the deepest pockets in baseball and loads of talent, ultimate postseason success has eluded the Dodgers. Their over/under for wins is 38.5. The over is even while the under is -130. Other Dodger betting notes:
- Mookie Betts +1200 NL most hits / +325 NL most runs scored / +2500 NL most stolen bases / + 1000 NL highest batting average.
- Clayton Kershaw +3000 NL most strikeouts / + 800 NL most wins.
- Cody Bellinger +1000 NL highest batting average.
The Bronx Bombers Are Back
Last year, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton only played a combined 120 games. Nevertheless, the Yankees still managed to compile 943 runs. Should their heavy hitters stay healthy, the pinstripes are set to score a lot of runs. They also shored up their pitching by plopping down $324 million on the best pitcher going, Garret Cole. Their over/under for wins is 37.5. The over is -110, the under -120. Some other Yankee lines of note:
- Aaron Judge: +3000 AL most runs scored / +950 AL MVP / +900 AL most home runs.
- Giancarlo Stanton: +4000 AL most runs scored / +3300 AL MVP / +1400 AL most home runs.
- Gerrit Cole: AL most strikeouts +125 / AL most wins +225 / Cy Young + 310.