Best 2020 MLB Win Total Over/Unders to Bet on Now: Diamondbacks Set to Give Chase to Dodgers

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Keith Allison (Wiki Commons).
  • With the Bronx Bombers still beset by injuries, winning 38 games is a stretch
  • Retooled Arizona looks to take the fight to the LA Dodgers in the NL West
  • See analysis of the MLB’s 2020 win totals plus best bets for the 60-game regular season

The 2020 pandemic-shortened season is almost upon us, and while teams are still shaking out the cobwebs in a second round of “spring’ training”, the best bets for 2020 MLB win totals are also starting to take shape.

Can the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers really exceed their 37.5-win totals? Alternatively, are the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers really awful enough to stay under 20.5 and 21.5 wins, respectively?

Read on for three of the best bets based on the current 60-game MLB season.

2020 MLB Win Totals

NL Team Win Total (FanDuel) AL Team Win Total (FanDuel)
Arizona Diamondbacks 31.5 (+104o/-128u) Baltimore Orioles 20.5 (-110o/-110u)
Atlanta Braves 33.5 (-110o/-110u) Boston Red Sox 30.5 (-125o/+100u)
Chicago Cubs 31.5 (-130o/+100u) Chicago White Sox 31.5 (-116o/-106u)
Cincinnati Reds 31.5 (-110o/-110u) Cleveland Indians 32.5 (+100o/-122u)
Colorado Rockies 27.5 (-110o/-120u) Detroit Tigers 21.5 (-102o/-120u)
Los Angeles Dodgers 37.5 (-116o/-106u) Houston Astros  35.5 (-104o/-118u)
Miami Marlins 24.5 (-106o/-116u) Kansas City Royals  24.5 (-104o/-118u)
Milwaukee Brewers 30.5 (-118o/-104u) Los Angeles Angels  31.5 (-116o/-106u)
New York Mets 32.5 (-120o/-110u) Minnesota Twins  34.5 (-122o/+100u)
Philadelphia Phillies 31.5 (-106o/-116u) New York Yankees 37.5 (+102o/-124u)
Pittsburgh Pirates 25.5 (+106o/-128u) Oakland Athletics   33.5 (-110o/-110u)
San Diego Padres 30.5 (-118o/-104u) Seattle Mariners  24.5 (-106o/-116u)
San Francisco Giants 25.5 (+134o/-164u) Tampa Bay Rays  33.5 (-126o/+104u)
St. Louis Cardinals 31.5 (-116o/-106u) Texas Rangers  28.5 (-116o/-106u)
Washington Nationals 33.5 (-102o/-120u) Toronto Blue Jays  27.5 (-116o/-106u)

Odds as of July 15.

Yankees Disembarking from Hype Train

If there’s one constant in Major League Baseball, it’s that the New York Yankees will always find themselves wrapped up in hype entering a new season. Even with a pandemic-shortened schedule, 2020 is no different.

The Bronx Bombers gave Gerrit Cole the largest contract ever given to a pitcher, and this is a team that was narrowly edged by the Minnesota Twins for the most home runs ever hit in a season with 306.

However, for the second straight year, injuries haven’t been kind to the Yankees, particularly when it comes to their starting rotation. Right-hander Luis Severino is out following Tommy John surgery, James Paxton is coming off back surgery, and Masahiro Tanaka took a Giancarlo Stanton come-backer to the head. On top of that, closer Aroldis Chapman and infielder DJ LeMahieu – a surprise AL MVP contender last year – have both contracted the coronavirus.

Those are in addition to lingering doubts about the fitness of Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Hicks.

While none of those should be enough to prevent the Yankees from reaching the postseason, it’s looking increasingly likely that 38 winsis a stretch.

Pick: Under 37.5 (-124)

Twins Set to Build on Explosive 2019

With a major-league record 307 home runs and the second-most wins in franchise history, 2019 was a season for the ages for Minnesota.

Don’t expect it to take its foot off the gas in 2020, however.

The signing of former MVP Josh Donaldson, who is coming off a comfortable 37-homer season, should keep the offense ticking over in high gear. That is particularly true for a lineup that will spend most of the season feasting off the very hitter-friendly pitching slate that the AL Central Division is currently serving.

Starters Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, and new additions Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill should be able to provide enough of a foundation for the offense to keep the wins coming.

Pick: Over 34.5 (-122)

D-Backs Set To Surge

Even without any additions to last season’s ballclub, Arizona’s winning percentage of .525 is perfectly in tune with its 31.5-win total.

The team did anything but stand pat over the winter, though.

In came left-hander Madison Bumgarner, a three-time World Series winner, to bolster a rotation that was already on the rise with the likes of Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen, and Luke Weaver.

Arizona’s batting order also got better from one that averaged just over five runs per game in 2019.

The team added Kole Calhoun and Starling Marte to a solid lineup that was just one home run from featuring three 30-home run hitters: Eduardo Escobar (35), Ketel Marte (32), and Christian Walker (29).

Pick: Over 31.5 (+104)

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