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Breaking down MLB standings, title odds at one-third mark of 2020 season

We go over the MLB standings so far an evaluate how World Series betting odds look on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 14, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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.

AL East

New York Yankees — 14-6
Baltimore Orioles — 12-8
Tampa Bay Rays — 12-9
Toronto Blue Jays — 7-9
Boston Red Sox — 6-15

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.

AL Central

Minnesota Twins — 13-8
Cleveland Indians — 12-9
Detroit Tigers — 9-9
Chicago White Sox — 10-11
Kansas City Royals — 9-12

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.

AL West

Oakland Athletics — 15-6
Texas Rangers — 10-9
Houston Astros — 10-10
Los Angeles Angels — 7-14
Seattle Mariners — 7-15

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.

NL East

Miami Marlins — 9-5
Atlanta Braves — 12-10
Philadelphia Phillies — 7-9
New York Mets — 9-13
Washington Nationals — 7-11

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.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs — 13-5
St. Louis Cardinals — 4-3
Milwaukee Brewers — 9-10
Cincinnati Reds — 9-11
Pittsburgh Pirates — 4-14

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.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers — 15-7
Colorado Rockies — 12-8
San Diego Padres — 11-11
Arizona Diamondbacks — 10-11
San Francisco Giants — 8-14

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.