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  • St. Louis Cardinals Can't Get On The Field
  • Cleveland Indians Starting Pitchers Quarantined
  • Yankees and Dodgers 4-to-1 World Series Favorites

The Miami Marlins stumbled out of the gate. Though they don’t exactly know how or when 18 players and two coaches contracted coronavirus and sent Major League Baseball into a frenzy, Derek Jeter’s franchise has now played 10 games, twice as many as the St. Louis Cardinals. The red birds have not played since July 29, are just 2-3 on the season, and now coping with 17 positive tests of players and staff members. As of now, there’s no timeline for St. Louis to return to the field. Despite the setbacks, the abridged 2020 MLB season presses on and based on the latest odds, bookmakers over at Bovada still believe the Yankees and Dodgers are the teams to beat.

Team World Series Odds on 8/11
Yankees +400
Dodgers +400
Astros +1100
Braves +1300
Twins +1300 (+900 jumped during writing)
Rays +1500
Cubs +1500
A’s +1600
Nationals +2000
Indians +2000

At 4-to-1, or 20 percent implied probability to win, the Yankees and Dodgers make for strong, large-market headlines through the season’s quarter pole. However, New York just lost injury-prone Giancarolo Stanton’s bat to a hamstring injury and Los Angeles has relied too much on homers to carry their offense, which is just hitting .229 with a .313 on base percentage. In other words, both World Series favorites are showing cracks in the foundation and likely overvalued.

With a half-game lead on the Tigers (not a typo), the Minnesota Twins’ odds to win the World Series jumped from +1300 to +900 while I was working on this piece. However, stepping away from Target Field appears to be their kryptonite with a 7-1 home record versus just a 4-5 road record.

zach pleasac

After a bumpy first start, Yu Darvish has spun back-to-back solid starts and allowed just one earned run over his last 13 innings pitched. The Cubbies could run away with the NL Central Division if the Cincinnati Reds can’t get their bullpen in order. The Red Legs’ bullpen carries a 7.77 earned run average and that’s anything but lucky as it’s wasted the starting rotation’s second-best 2.58 ERA.

At +2000, or 20-to-1, the Cleveland Indians possess great World Series odds value if their bats ever decide to wake up. Through their first 17 games, the Tribe’s pitching staff boasted the lowest ERA, 2.04, and WHIP, 0.89, while they rank dead last in team batting average, .196. Cleveland has scored just four more runs than the Phillies despite the Indians playing six more games to-date. One other thing to monitor with this value pick is the team’s starting rotation. Zach Plesac was placed in quarantine after the team learned he broke team protocols and went out in Chicago last weekend. To make matters worse, not only did Plesac go out, but it was learned a day later that fellow starter Mike Clevinger joined Plesac during his night out on the town and also flew home with the entire Indians team, which creates some panic until all coronavirus tests come back negative. Pleasac and Clev are away from the team and quarantining at home.

If you’re ready to back your MLB World Series favorite, head on over to Bovada or if you’d like to learn more, check out our betting on baseball at online sportsbooks expert guide.

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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