by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Coming close to a championship helps shape World Series futures for the following autumn, but it is not necessarily a predictor of success.
One week after the Washington Nationals raised the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees have opened as +600 co-favorites on the 2020 World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Los Angeles Dodgers (+800), Atlanta Braves (+1200), Boston Red Sox (+1200), Cleveland Indians (+1500), the aforementioned Nationals (+1500), Philadelphia Phillies (+2000) and St. Louis Cardinals (+2200) are also high on the board at online betting sites.
Most casual fans are probably aware that no team has gone back-to-back since the 1998-2000 Yankees won three championships in a row. Something that might be lesser known is that recent World Series champions have not necessarily come off gangbuster seasons. The last eight champions averaged 84.5 wins in the season prior. Only the 2016 Chicago Cubs were coming off a season with 95-plus wins, while the 2018 Boston Red Sox are the only one who came into the season defending a division title.
With that said, the Astros have at least reached the ALCS round in three consecutive seasons and will, give or take Gerrit Cole, retain a nucleus that includes pitchers Justin …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation