It looks like we’ll have baseball in 2020, and that means sports books like Caesars will take bets on who will win a World Series like no other before it.
While the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers were predictable co-favorites at 7-2, the Washington Nationals’ odds were set at a rather distant 18-1 — tied for just sixth-best with the Tampa Bay Rays, and surprising for a defending champion that only lost one key player.
Ahead of the Nationals are the Houston Astros at 11-1 and the Minnesota Twins and NL East rival Atlanta Braves at 15-1.
The Nationals lost Anthony Rendon in free agency but brought back Stephen Strasburg on a massive new deal. So the stacked pitching staff featuring Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez returns from last year, and should avail itself nicely to a shortened season and a potential playoff run.
On the other end of the spectrum, several non-contenders checked in at 250-1 odds: the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.