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Yankees, Mets top World Series betting prior to Luis Severino injury

We break down where the action is on 2020 World Series odds.

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees is taken out the game by Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of Major League Baseball’s American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York on October 8, 2018. Photo By Christopher Evans/Digital First Media/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Major League Baseball is back at spring training, but the roller-coaster news cycle just keeps on chugging along. The offseason saw the Houston Astros busted for a sign-stealing scheme (resulting in firings around the league) and the Boston Red Sox trade away Mookie Betts and David Price. Both resulted in significant moves among various odds, but the news has not stopped.

Tuesday brought big news for the New York Yankees. The team shut down starting pitcher Luis Severino due to arm soreness, and two doctors have recommended he get Tommy John surgery. Severino has accepted the diagnoses and will return some time in 2021. He’s not the top of the Yankees’ rotation, but he was going to be a significant contributor.

It’s not surprising the Yankees odds took a hit at DraftKings Sportsbook. They slipped from +350 before the injury to +400 after the injury. That coupled with the Los Angeles Dodgers additions of Betts and Price has LA a +375 favorite to win the World Series.

Prior to the Severino news, the heavy action at DK Sportsbook had been on the Yankees. As of Monday morning 57 percent of the World Series betting handle and 45 percent of total bets were on the Yankees. The New York Mets were the next closest at eight percent and five percent, respectively. Considering DK does so much business in New Jersey, it’s not surprising to see so much action on the New York teams. The Dodgers followed them with four percent of handle and seven percent of bets.

There are a couple notable long shots getting bet a decent amount. The +2800 Cincinnati Reds had been getting three percent of handle and four percent of bets, while the +3500 Chicago White Sox were at three percent each.

February 24th World Series betting splits

Team WS Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Team WS Odds % of Handle % of Bets
LA Dodgers +375 4% 7%
NY Yankees +400 57% 45%
HOU Astros +550 3% 2%
ATL Braves +1200 2% 5%
WAS Nationals +1600 4% 3%
PHI Phillies +2000 2% 4%
STL Cardinals +2000 1% 1%
MIN Twins +1800 1% 1%
NY Mets +2200 8% 5%
TB Rays +2000 2% 1%
BOS Red Sox +2500 2% 3%
CHI Cubs +2500 2% 3%
CLE Indians +2500 >1% >1%
CIN Reds +2800 3% 4%
OAK Athletics +2800 >1% 1%
MIL Brewers +3300 >1% 1%
CHI White Sox +3500 3% 3%
LA Angels +4000 2% 3%
SD Padres +5000 1% 1%
ARI Diamondbacks +5000 >1% 1%
TEX Rangers +10000 >1% >1%
TOR Blue Jays +10000 >1% >1%
COL Rockies +15000 >1% >1%
PIT Pirates +20000 1% 1%
SF Giants +25000 >1% 1%
KC Royals +50000 >1% 1%
SEA Mariners +50000 >1% 1%
BAL Orioles +75000 >1% 1%
MIA Marlins +75000 >1% 1%
DET Tigers +75000 >1% 1%

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