MLB is about one-third of the way through what will be an abbreviated 2020 season. The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers opened the year as favorites to win the World Series, and have looked like title contenders. However, other teams have begun to close the gap, and it’s time to see who stands where with the very shortened dog days of August upon us. Below is a look at the full MLB standings and current odds for some notable squads.
The Yankees had the second best World Series odds (+400) before the season began. Now they’ve improved to +375 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Only the Dodgers can match New York’s odds. The Orioles have been a pleasant surprise despite opening the year with +40000 title odds. They have the second best team batting average (.266) in MLB and their odds have improved the +25000. If Baltimore stays hot at the plate it could reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Minnesota has seen its World Series odds improve from +1600 to +850, and has been favored to win the AL Central from the start. Only the Yankees and Dodgers have better championship odds than the Twins at this point in the season. The Indians are steadily climbing the ranks as well, though.
The Athletics’ 15 wins are matched only by the Dodgers. They have the fourth best title odds in MLB and are even with the Atlanta Braves at +1300. The Astros have been underwhelming and are dealing with a slew of injuries. Key pitchers Justin Verlander and Roberto Osuna are on Houston’s injured list and working toward getting back on the mound.
The Marlins haven’t played nearly as many games as the other teams in the division because of a Covid-19 outbreak, but they’ve been able to play well with a makeshift squad. Miami isn’t expected to continue playing at this level, as its World Series odds are +15000. The Braves remain the favorites to come out of the division despite losing Mike Soroka to an Achilles tear.
This is expected to be one of the more competitive divisions. The Cubs had a narrow edge over the Cardinals before the season, and St. Louis could climb back into the lead once it recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak that affected its players. The Brewers have struggled thanks to Christian Yelich’s abysmal batting, and Lorenzo Cain opting out will make things even tougher for Milwaukee.
The Dodgers still look like frontrunners with plenty of talented batters and pitchers. Their title odds haven’t changed since before the season began. The Rockies were projected to finish toward the bottom of the division but have some of the most consistent batting in baseball. The Rockies have the highest team batting average (.275) in the league and have seen their World Series odds improve from +15000 at one point to +4000 at the one-third marker.