Baseball is nearly back for 2020, and that means it’s time to start looking into MLB futures for those in West Virginia. The Mountain State’s online sports betting apps have high expectations for three of the four teams in neighboring states.
Although none of the four are close to favorites in any of the categories, they aren’t far off either. If the win expectancies pan out, they will be in contention for postseason berths.
MLB futures at West Virginia’s legal online sportsbooks
Recently, posted lines on division, league and 2020 World Series titles made their way to the three online sportsbooks in West Virginia:
Those fields include the:
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Indians
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Pittsburgh Pirates
All three books have the New York Yankees as their favorites to win the American League pennant and the 2020 World Series. They favor the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League pennant.
In the AL Central division, the books peg the Minnesota Twins to be repeat champions. The books also predict a repeat in NL Central for the St. Louis Cardinals.
They deviate from that pattern in the NL East, however. BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel all expect the Atlanta Braves to reclaim that title in 2020.
As far as win expectancy goes, all three WV online sportsbooks have Cleveland at the top of this pile. BetMGM has the same number of wins for Philadelphia, however.
While all four teams might have to make the over pay off in order to make the playoffs, some of them have more of that work to do than others. The teams all face unique challenges.
The path to 90 or more wins for all four local teams
While the Indians have three solid starting pitchers, the bullpen won’t be what it once was in 2020. Additionally, Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox have added talent while Cleveland lost several star players.
Thus, the Indians surpassing their win expectancy will require some members of the team playing over their heads in 2020. The same could be said for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Philadelphia did well to add starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, but there are still question marks further down the rotation and in the bullpen. Additionally, it will be hard for the Phillies to contend with Atlanta’s deep and powerful lineup.
In the NL Central, it’s all about the pitching for the Reds. If it can perform consistently up to par with the expectations for the Cincinnati offense, the Reds may have a shot to contend for the division.
Pittsburgh sniffing a wild card spot would be a huge accomplishment for the Pirates this season. That might be a tall order, however, because the NL East could claim both wild card spots.
The over on Cincinnati’s win total looks tempting because of their ability to score runs and the potential for their pitching. The line on them winning their division is appetizing as well.
Outside of that, however, these futures look pretty spot on. Even if the Indians, Phillies, Pirates and Reds disappoint fans in 2020, there are still ways for bettors in West Virginia to cash in on baseball this year.