Can the Washington Nationals repeat as World Series champions in 2020, or will someone new step up? BetAmerica takes an early look at the Fall Classic futures market.
|Team||2020 World Series Odds|
|New York Yankees||+600|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+700|
|Boston Red Sox||+1200|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2000|
|New York Mets||+2500|
New York Yankees (+600)
Despite winning over 100 games this season, the Yankees were obviously flawed – their starting pitching was weak all year long (15th in ERA at 4.51). Fortunately for GM Brian Cashman, there are plenty of affordable arms on the free agent market that could make an immediate impact in New York’s rotation. Or he could make a big splash and sign Gerrit Cole, who aced the Bombers during the ALCS. Luis Severino’s presence on Opening Day will be welcome too after he missed most of 2019.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 25, 2019
The Yankees still hit homers at a frantic pace this season despite Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton missing significant stretches of time. If they have their health in 2020 and make the appropriate moves in the offseason, the Bombers will be a force to be reckoned with. Second baseman Gleyber Torres could be a dark-horse MVP candidate.
Atlanta Braves (+1200)
There’s plenty of exciting young talent on the Braves roster to suggest that they’ll be in the World Series hunt for years to come. Mike Soroka (13-4, 2.68 ERA) and Max Fried (17-6, 4.02 ERA) are poised to build on their exciting rookie seasons at the top of Atlanta’s rotation along with Mike Foltynewicz.
Mike Soroka is still good at baseball. pic.twitter.com/R0j6ljqW6s
— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) August 6, 2019
Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson comprise three-quarters of a solid infield that was bolstered by the addition of Josh Donaldson at third base. It remains to be seen if he’ll be re-signed. The Braves could use some help in the outfield to complement offensive MVP Ronald Acuna Jr, so look for them to be active in the bidding for Nicholas Castellanos.
Tampa Bay Rays (+3000)
Longshot players could do far worse than hitching their wagon to the Rays. They won’t outslug most other teams, but they have well-rounded players from top-to-bottom in their lineup, almost all of whom are 30-years-old or younger. That includes 24-year-old outfielder Austin Meadows, who is fresh off a breakout 2019 in which he cranked out 33 homers and 87 RBI while hitting .291.
Death, Taxes, & Austin Meadows RBIs
— Zac Blobner (@ZacOnTheMic) May 31, 2019
Tampa is unlikely to make a huge splash in free agency, but based on their signing of Charlie Morton last offseason (two years, $30 million), they’re not totally risk averse. The Rays could use another piece or two for their pitching staff, especially their oft-overused bullpen.