Everything You Need To Know About Betting the 2020 MLB Season

What You Need To Know About Betting the 2020 MLB Season

On June 23, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the 2020 MLB Season would start on either July 23 or 24. Per Manfred, the league would play a 60 game season that ends on September 27.

What You Need To Know About Betting the 2020 MLB Season

What is Major League Baseball’s plan?

On March 26, the MLB Players Association and Major League Baseball made an agreement that stated MLB could impose a 60-game schedule. That’s what happened after neither side could come to a consensus on how to start the season.

Players will report to training camps by July 1. The baseball league came out with a manual that, among other things, includes the following.

Teams will play divisional opponents 10 times. They’ll play the other 20 games against interleague opponents in their region. For example, the Dodgers will play the Angels and Oakland Athletics.

  • If a game goes to extra innings, teams start with a runner on second base.
  • August 31 is the new trade deadline
  • Rosters go from 30 to start the season, to 28 after the first couple of weeks, to 26 after a month.
  • Teams can have up to 60 players available to participate due to coronavirus positive cases, or injury.
  • There will be a specific Covid-19 injury list. There will be no minimum or maximum days players can spend on the coronavirus injury list.

2020 MLB Season Betting Tips

It’s difficult to know how teams will respond to the new rules. Players didn’t want this deal. They fought hard for a separate deal.

Unfortunately for them, Manfred had to decide to either shut down the season for the entire year or put a plan in place and start in July. One good thing about the plan is that teams mustn’t travel far for games.

That should, in theory, help the very best players stay sharp. That goes for batters and pitchers.

Pitchers, though, will have a much tougher time of it. As sports bettors, we should think about playing over totals for at least the first couple of days.

Then, we can adjust. The Top 5 hitting teams were the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Colorado Rockies. Colorado and Boston seem safe if you like overs. If you like unders, pay attention to pitching matchups when the Stros, Twins, and Yankees play. New York has an awesome bullpen. So, like the Dodgers, there’s no guarantee that overs hit in Yankee games even though they’re strong at the plate.

When it comes to moneyline wagers, be careful about backing any underlay odds team. Remember, we won’t have a full spring training to digest. Nor will we have the luxury of seeing how teams fare in the first quarter of a 162-game season. That means we must take our time before dumping on a squad at, say, -200 to beat an underdog.

It might be wise to lay off betting run lines until at least the first 5 days are in the books.

2020 World Series Futures

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are favored. There’s a huge gap after the Dodgers and Yankees.

Do either offer fair odds? On one hand, it’s difficult to say “yes” because we don’t know how either team will play. On the other hand, the Dodgers and Yankees mustn’t travel.

That means they should have enough in the tank after 60 games to be at their best in the playoffs.

After LAD and NYY, it’s difficult to find a team that can challenge for the World Series. The Astros, maybe, but the Stros were caught cheating after last season. Who knows if they’re anywhere near as good as they’ve been the past couple of seasons?

Maybe, it was all smoke and mirrors. Because there are just 60 regular-season games, this may be one of those years where we should look to back a favorite to win the Fall Classic.

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2020 Belmont Stakes Lines

2020 Belmont Stakes Lines

The 2020 Belmont Stakes is set to run this Sunday with a field of ten. The race usually concludes the Triple Crown season, but this season it is leading off. Keep reading for the Belmont Stakes betting lines.

Belmont Stakes Lines & Analysis

  • Tap It To Win +650
  • Sole Volante +750
  • Max Player +2300
  • Modernist +3000
  • Farmington Road +2200
  • Fore Left +3000
  • Jungle Runner +6000
  • Tiz The Law -130
  • Dr Post +650
  • Pneumatic +1700

Tiz The Law

Tiz the Law is the 6-5 favorite for a reason as he gets set for the first Triple Crown race of his career. The three-year-old colt will be well-rested since he has not run since March 28 when he won the Curlin Florida Derby Grade 1 Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Prior to that, Tiz the Law finished in the winner’s circle by taking the Holy Bull Grade 3 Stakes in February at Gulfstream. Tiz the Law will break from the No. 8 spot at Belmont.

Sole Volante

This thoroughbred will be back in action just 10 days after winning the Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream on June 10. Yes, Sole Volante failed to get the win in finishing second at the Lamdholm South Tampa Bay Derby Grade 2 Stakes on March 7, but he did win the Sam F. Davis Grade 3 Stakes in Tampa Bay on February 8. Will the quick turnaround be too much for Sole Volante to overcome? Oddsmakers apparently don’t think so.

Dr Pos

After finishing fourth in his final race as a two-year-old last July, Dr Post has gone 2-for-2 this year by winning the Maiden Weight Special at Belmont Park in March and backing that up by winning the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream on April 25.

Tap It To Win

Tap It To Win didn’t look like anything special in finishing an identical 10t in his final two races as a two-year-old in 2019, but he’s sure turned it around as a three-year-old by winning the Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream on May 9 and following that up with an even more impressive win at Belmont Park on June 4 in which he finished just .54 of a second off the track record for 1 1/16 miles.

Pneumatic

The son of Uncle Mo comes into this Triple Crown event off a third place finish in the Matt Winn Grade 3 Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 23. Prior to that, Pneumatic won in February and April at Oaklawn Park.

Max Player

Max Player will definitely be well-rested since he hasn’t taken to the track since winning the Withers Grade 3 Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1 after capping off his campaign as a two-year-old by winning a Maiden Weight Special at Parx racing in December.

Modernist

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Tap It to Win after his impressive allowance win at Belmont Park, but Modernist isn’t getting much love as the Belmont Stakes approaches. He won a Grade 2 race two starts back, and in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in his last start, he broke out of the No. 14 post, was 4-wide around the first turn and 3-wide turning for home, and still managed a solid third place finish. He’s going to be on or near the lead, and with a good trip he can hang on for second at a good price.

Farmington Road

Farmington Road is a true longshot as he comes into the 2020 Belmont Stakes off a disappointing fourth place finish at the Arkansas Derby on May 2. Prior to that, he finished second at the Oaklawn Stakes in April, a disappointing fourth at Risen Star in February and first in the Maiden Weight Special at Tampa Bay in January.

Fore Left

After finishing third and 10th in his final two races as a two-year-old in 2019, Fore Left picked up a confidence-boosting win at the UAE Two Thousand Guineas on February 6 in his only race of 2020.

Jungle Runner

Jungle Runner is likely going to be an afterthought in the Belmont Stakes after finishing eighth at the Arkansas Derby in May, fifth at the Mine That Bird Derby in February and eighth at the Smarty Jones Stakes in January!

NBA Title Odds

NBA Title Odds Updated 2020

The NBA is slated to return to action on July 31st with 22 teams each playing eight games to finish off the regular season inside Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. That will be followed by a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed.

After each of the 22 teams plays their eight “seeding” games the top seven seeds in each conference are in. Here’s is where things get exciting. If the 9th-seed in either conference is within four games of the 8th-seed there will be a play-in series for the final spot(s). Then the NBA playoffs play out as usual.

As we count the days until tip-off in Orlando, here are the latest NBA Title odds.

NBA Title Odds

  • Los Angeles Lakers +240
  • Los Angeles Clippers +300
  • Milwaukee Bucks +310
  • Boston Celtics +1300
  • Houston Rockets +1500
  • Philadelphia 76ers +2000
  • Toronto Raptors +2200
  • Denver Nuggets +2500
  • Dallas Mavericks +3500
  • Brooklyn Nets +3750
  • Miami Heat +4000
  • Utah Jazz +4000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +8500
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
  • Indiana Pacers +10000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +11000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +50000
  • Orlando Magic +100000
  • Sacramento Kings +100000
  • San Antonio Spurs +100000
  • Phoenix Suns +100000
  • Washington Wizards +100000
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