2020 MLB Win Totals To Bet On: Top 5
DraftKings recently released their opening MLB team win totals and it makes sense to jump on these five
- The following MLB win totals are listed on DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Following an 84-78 campaign and facing adversity and uncertainty, the Boston Red Sox seem like a long shot to win 90 games.
- Coming off a 93-69 season and playoff appearance, the state of the Cleveland Indians bullpen and loss of Corey Kluber will make it difficult to project an 87-win year.
- The New York Yankees dealt with an incredible amount of injuries and still won 103 games in the 2019 regular season. With a fully-stocked offense and defense and Gerrit Cole in town, it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll be even more dangerous this year.
- The Chicago White Sox made some major offseason splashes, have elite prospects ready to make an impact and have the potential to blow their win total out of the water, even if they’re coming off a disappointing 72-89 year.
- The Atlanta Braves are coming off a 97-65 regular-season campaign and playoff appearance and have the fourth-highest World Series odds, but have an over/under of just 88 wins.
5. Red Sox UNDER 89.5 wins (-110)
The Boston Red Sox organization is in shambles. Their manager was ousted after being proven as a cheater. They just traded away Mookie Betts and David Price. Chris Sale’s health has been questionable in recent seasons. The back end of their projected rotation (Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez) is weak in an offensive-centric AL East. Their bullpen has many question marks outside of Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes. While Boston’s lineup should rake once again, there’s a strong likelihood that the organization presses the reset button and flips some of their high-profile assets for young prospects, especially if they get off to a slow start. Since the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays both have higher win totals than the Red Sox and will be threats to Boston all season long, 90 wins seems like a stretch at the moment.
4. Indians UNDER 86.5 wins (-110)
With perennial Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber shipped off, the Cleveland Indians still have a strong top end of their rotation with Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber leading the way. However, they’re most likely going to bank on Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac to hold up the back end, which could be a difficult task for a couple of second-year hurlers. Further, outside of Brad Hand, there’s a chance you haven’t heard of any Cleveland reliever. The addition of Cesar Hernandez, who will take over for Jason Kipnis at second base, shouldn’t be glossed over, since he’s a switch-hitting contact hitter, but Cleveland’s outfield (some combination Jake Bauers, Delino DeShields, Oscar Mercado, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin) leaves a lot to be desired and there’s a strong chance that Francisco Lindor is moved. The star shortstop is in a contract year and will most likely not receive the mega-deal he’s looking for in Cleveland. Right now, there are too many question marks to feel confident in betting on 87 Indians wins.
3. Yankees OVER 101.5 wins (-110)
Without even factoring in their star-studded offense, the New York Yankees should dominate on the hill in 2020. Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka will make up the top four spots in their rotation and Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman make up the best bullpen in the American League. Offensively, Gary Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton make up an All-Star caliber lineup while 2019 breakouts Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman should get an opportunity to carry over their success. Plus, Miguel Andujar should be coming back, which will only give the Bronx Bombers another weapon. This offense should victimize opposing pitchers all season long and should also capitalize from facing Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays pitching within their divisional schedule.
2. White Sox OVER 83.5 wins (-110)
Especially after adding Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Encarnacion and Yasmani Grandal, all three of whom will fill major 2019 deficiencies, the White Sox have a ton of potential in 2020. Lucas Giolito is a legitimate ace while Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez showed flashes of their upside last season. Their lineup will boast the aforementioned DH and catcher as well as Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, newcomer (via trade) Nomar Mazara, and youngsters Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, both of whom are regarded as elite power-hitting prospects. While there are some questions in the bullpen, Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome are solid back-end options with a proven ability to shut the door on their opponents. It’s reasonable to assume that Chicago can go 84-78 or better with this type of lineup and pitching upside.
1. Braves OVER 88 wins (-110)
According to DraftKings, Atlanta has +1200 odds to win the World Series (4th-highest), yet have an over/under of 88 wins. That’s interesting, but it’s also indicative of the presumed strength of the NL East since the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets all have generally-positive outlooks. But, it’s tough to ignore how complete this Atlanta Braves team is. While the fifth spot in their rotation is most likely up for grabs, Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Cole Hamels and Mike Foltynewicz make up a solid first four spots (in any order). Atlanta’s bullpen might be the best in the National League, as Luke Jackson, Shane Green, Mark Melancon and Will Smith should all provide consistent production. Their young core of Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley should be on full display alongside veterans like Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte. In all, Atlanta looks like one of the most complete teams in baseball (at least on paper).
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