The Major League Baseball season is having a serious rework for this season. The regular 162 game season might return next year but unfortunately not in the 2020 season. The season will consist of 60 games. As a result, the 2020 season will be the shortest regular season since 1878. Each team will play nine opponents rather than the usual 19 or 20 for the season. The league has also been split into smaller sub-divisions in order to reduce the amount of travel. The new interleague matchups will be AL East vs NL East, AL West vs NL West and AL Central vs NL Central.
There are some teams that have strengthened their team during the off season. Including the Dodgers and Angels who improved their world series title chances. This new season will start on July 23rd. The opening games will consist of the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals. While the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers.
American League East
The AL East is going to be one of the toughest leagues to win. All eyes are on the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. The benefit that the Rays have is there interchangeable offense. The Tampa Bay Rays are (+320) to win the AL East division. The favourites to win this division are the NY Yankees are (-300) here at Canplay. The Rays look like one of the most creative teams in the league. The big advantage the Rays have is the 60-game season. If it were 160 games the Yankees would probably win out due to the amount of talent in their side.
American League Central
One of the more wide-open divisions. There is potential for Minnesota, Cleveland, and Chicago to come out on top in this division. The Chicago White Sox look like the most dangerous from these teams. Without doubt the White Sox look like the most talented team in AL Central in 2020.Currently the Minnesota Twins are the favorites to win the AL Central. They are (-130) to win. The Cleveland Indians are the second favorites at (+275) while the Chicago White Sox are (+325). It will still be difficult to judge who will be the top team after 60 games.
American League West
The three teams really competing for the AL West are the Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, and the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have closed the gap in skill between themselves and the other two teams. They are (+600) to win the division. The main favorites are the Houston Astros at (-140). The amount of games that will be played over a short period of time suits Oakland more than the other teams. The main reason is that the Oakland Athletics have the most depth in their roster. They are (+275) to win the AL West here at Canplay.
National League East
The NL East league has the potential for four teams to come away on top. The Miami Marlins are the only team who are not expected to really compete in this group. However, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies will make sure there is fierce competition. The real decider will be the teams that have the best run of form. The two favorites for this division are the Braves at (+200) and the Nationals at (+250). They won’t have it easy as the Mets at (+300) and the Phillies at (+350) will be pushing to win the NL East.
National League Central
Another NL division with a wealth of possibilities. The Pittsburgh Pirates are the least favorite to win this division at (+7500). The other four teams are a much closer match. The other teams consist of the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. Even though the Reds are not the favorites to win the division it is exceedingly difficult to not consider them to win the division. The Reds are (+260) to win the division while the Cubs are the favourites at (+225). The Cardinals are priced at (+250) while the Brewers are (+375) to win the division.
National League West
Anything can happen during this unusual baseball season. Everyone should be expecting some shock results throughout the year. Yet, it would still be a shock if the Los Angeles Dodgers do not manage to with the NL West. There is not a lot of value in betting on the team at (-600) to win the NL West. The Arizona Diamondbacks are the second favorites at (+700) while the San Diego Padres are a close third favorite at (+800).
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