Most of the major signings took place in December, so there wasn’t a whole lot of movement in our World Series odds, where the Yankees, Dodgers and Astros are still the top three teams in the odds list. The Yankees did see a slight increase in their odds from +300 to +350, while the Dodgers saw a slight drop, as L.A. moved from +650 to +635.
The Atlanta Braves moved past the Washington Nationals into fourth place, while the defending World Series champions are currently No. 5 in the odds. The Cardinals are No. 6 at +1700, with the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins tied for No. 7, both coming in with odds of +2000.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox round out the top 10, with Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs close behind.
One thing we did see is a shortening off the odds, as there are fewer teams at large odds and the majority of teams saw a decrease in odds, which makes sense, as the season begins in a couple of months and pitchers and catchers will be reporting to training camp in about five weeks.
These are the odds from 5Dimes as of Jan. 26:
Odds to Win 2020 World Series
|New York Yankees||+350|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+635|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1700|
|Minnesota Twins, New York Mets||+2000|
|Boston Red Sox||+2400|
|Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians||+2550|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2700|
|Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds||+3000|
|Milwaukee Brewers, L.A. Angels||+3500|
|San Diego Padres||+4000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+7500|
|San Francisco Giants||+17500|
|Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals||+25000|
From Jan. 1, 2020: One team that saw a bit of an increase in their odds was the Minnesota Twins, who tumbled down to +3300 and have been busy signing pitchers this offseason, adding Rich Hill and Homer Bailey, most recently. Hill has been decent and Bailey was actually pretty solid for Oakland this past season. The Twins had previously signed Tyler Clippard, so that’s three arms they added in the last 11 days of December. The offense should still be there, so the Twins might be worth a bit of a shot at their odds. If they can find some help for Berrios and Odorizzi, which they may have done, the Twins could win some games. They should get Michael Pineda back in May.
Bettors obviously agreed with our early assessment, as the Twins were bet down to +2000. While the Twins are a solid team and the odds still aren’t bad, there’s a huge difference between +3300 and +2000 on a futures wagers and it’s hard to recommend them now.