MLB BASEBALL FUTURES ODDS – 2020 AL Pennant PREDICTIONS
Looking for 2020 AL Pennant Predictions? MLB futures markets have remained open throughout the suspended season. Below are my notes on a couple teams I’m buying in the early open and some more I’m not.
MLB Predictions – 2020 AL Pennant Handicapping Insight
Here’s a closer look at the 2020 AL Pennant.
Los Angeles Angels 2020 AL Pennant Predictions
Angels AL Pennant Odds: +1375
The Angels have the best player in at least a generation, the Washington Nationals’ best player during their World Series run last season and young phenom who looks to be on the verge of superstardom as soon as he stays healthy enough to finish an entire season.
So LA will get some bids in the AL pennant markets but the reality remains that it has a pitching staff that could kindly be described as unproven.
Not only must the staff not be an impediment, it’s going to need a couple guys to emerge and really surprise the league.
That happens every season and for that reason the Angels deserve further examination. I haven’t found enough evidence to buy yet.
Houston Astros 2020 AL Pennant Predictions
Astros AL Pennant Odds: +400
When 2020 markets opened, Houston was closer to being a co-favorite with New York. Now it has settled into a second tier of its own.
The main fear for Houston backers has to be that its players simply aren’t as good in light of the sign-stealing scandal. If they drop-off in production under the watchful eye of most every baseball fan that will be watching, confidence could plummet and spiral from there.
Then there’s Dusty Baker, who is not as competent, creative, nor energetic as AJ Hinch.
The Astros probably hired him in part for good will with the league, bringing back a well-known name and getting another manager of color in a big league dugout but he’s the opposite of what Hinch and the rest of the Astros’ organization has embodied over the last several seasons.
New York Yankees 2020 AL Pennant Predictions
Yankees AL Pennant Odds: +150
The Yankees are my first buy, which clearly means, given the price, I believe they will win the pennant. You don’t buy a team +150 in a futures market to hedge.
They will miss Luis Severino, who won’t pitch this season. He would have given the Yankees three dominant starters, along with Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka.
That isn’t to say New York won’t have three dominant starters. James Paxton had back surgery in the offseason and extra time to get ready. He looked good at times for New York last season but he’ll be even more comfortable in year two with a healthy back.
Minnesota Twins 2020 AL Pennant Predictions
Twins AL Pennant Odds: +800
The Twins are my second buy. They are sort of in a tier of their own, coming in after the Astros in the list of favorites with some space between them and the next team — Tampa Bay.
Jose Berrios has a lot of weight on his right shoulder but he isn’t a kid anymore. He’s made two All-Star teams in a row now but has to take the next step to give the Twins an ace to rival any in the AL. He certainly has the stuff and I’m looking forward to watching him pitch in 2020.
But even if Berrios is in the Cy Young hunt, Minnesota will need more from the secondary guys. I’m doubtful they will be enough to overcome the Yankees but that doesn’t mean Minnesota can’t be profitable.
It feels like this young core will have to take another tough postseason loss before it can break through. I’ve got a target price of +300 so I’m buying now and looking to hedge later.
Complete Odds To Win 2020 American League Pennant
- New York Yankees +165
- Houston Astros +250
- Boston Red Sox +850
- Cleveland Indians +1000
- Tampa Bay Rays +1000
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Oakland Athletics +1400
- Chicago White Sox +1600
- Los Angeles Angels +1600
- Texas Rangers +2200
- Toronto Blue Jays +5000
- Seattle Mariners +10000
- Kansas City Royals +15000
- Baltimore Orioles +20000
- Detroit Tigers +20000
- Odds via Bovada
- Odds updated April 18th 2020
CappersPicks.com 2020 AL Pennant Predictions: Yankees +150, Twins +800 (Free Pick)
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