2020 World Series Predictions with Futures Odds and Expert Analysis
The start of spring training is still a long way off - and since I am sitting in the middle of a soul-crushing deep freeze here in the Great White North, it feels even further away. But the last few days have been packed with all sorts of scandal and a few roster moves as well. We aren't playing baseball outside, but it's still a good time to sit inside and look ahead to the World Series. These are some of the more interesting World Series futures prices available:
New York Yankees (+350): The team hit the cover off the ball last year, and that was despite losing Giancarlo Stanton for basically the whole season and Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez for large chunks of time. If all three are healthier this year, then the team gets a massive boost on that front. Add in the best pitcher on the planet in Gerrit Cole - a guy who is very much proven in the American League - and you have a team that should be solidly improved from last year. And last year they ran away with their division. The league is always better in my eyes when the Yankees aren't any good, which is a big problem for me going into this year. They are the worthy favorites.
Houston Astros (+600): The whole sign stealing scandal has had a big impact on this team, so they have to figure out who their manager is going to be. Until we know that, we can't be sure of what to expect. And their ridiculously strong pitching staff has taken some hits - Cole and Wade Miley are gone, and Justin Verlander is not getting any younger. The upside is still here, but at this point it's tough to get excited about this price. We would be buying too low at this point.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+600): I wouldn't bet this price with free money. This squad has been regular season heroes for years now, but in the postseason they collapse. They are a mentally weak squad, and yet again they haven't done nearly enough in this postseason to deal with it. Losing Hyun-jin Ryu, who was second in Cy Young voting last year, is a big blow. And they aren't any tougher than they have been. I just don't like this team.
Atlanta Braves (+1000): This team was probably a little ahead of schedule last year. Not probably - definitely. But I am a huge believer in both Mike Soroka and Ronald Acuna Jr., so I am not too worried about them taking a step backward. Washington could be poised for a hangover, and the Phillies and Mets are still tougher to judge than would be ideal. Loving any team in the division is tough because of how deep it is. However, if I had to pick one of the squads, it could be the Braves, so I can't argue on that price at that front. I won't be getting a second mortgage to jump on this price, though.
St. Louis Cardinals (+1600): This is the spot where I talk about how I am going to be watching the Cardinals closely. It's a strange thing. I'm not a diehard Cardinals fan or anything. In fact, I don't have a particular emotional attachment of any kind to them. But every year I look at them, and I look at their futures price, and I think that it's attractive. There is something about this squad that lures me in. The Cardinals are like a siren that calls me into the rocks every year.
Minnesota Twins (+2000): The Twins were a big surprise of last season, and they have had the kind of offseason that could help them prove it was no fluke. The team had five guys hit 30 homers last year, and all five are back. And they added Josh Donaldson, who had 37 in a big bounce-back year last year, on a very nice deal. The rotation is solid, and they are going to mash. I like this team a whole lot at this price - especially in the division that they are in.
Boston Red Sox (+2000): Losing Joey Cora is a blow - as much for the distraction as anything else. They need to replace him, and the new manager will be dealing with a roster that wasn't exactly boosted by a rather uninspiring offseason. The pitcher should be better this year just because of how disappointing it was last year, and they haven't suffered the big losses in the roster that they could have, but they haven't done enough to get better. Like the Astros, we are dealing with too much incomplete information to make a great decision. The Astros are a little easier to like right now, but there is probably more relative value in this price.
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