MLB Opening Day Betting Previews

by WagerHome Blog on July 22, 2020

It is finally here. Nine months since the end of the 2019 World Series, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day 2020 is happening this week. Yes, it’s okay to be a little teary-eyed.

It will be a season unlike any other. We have 60 games and a set of rules to accommodate the risks of the coronavirus and the limited resources each team has with no minor league season.

If anyone tells you they know what to expect, they’re lying. No one can really know in such a small sampling of a regular season. It’s like picking a game-winner after three innings.

The unknowns, however, will also make this one of the most exciting betting seasons we’ve ever had. And on Opening Day, we get treated to two nationally televised matchups packed with wagering intrigue.

New York Yankees at Washington Nationals

  • NY Yankees -1.5 (+125)
  • Washington +1.5 (-148)

The Nationals are, of course, the defending World Series champions, but if the 2019 season had only been 60 games, they wouldn’t have made the postseason. Meanwhile, the Yankees are hands down considered the best team in the league and will be starting their new acquisition, Gerrit Cole. Washington will counter with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

Scherzer makes his third straight Opening Day start for the Nationals. Cole is the new $300 million man and was an obvious choice to start on Opening Day. The last time he had that honor was 2017 with the Pirates.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

  • San Francisco +1.5 (+114)
  • L.A. Dodgers -1.5 (-132)

If the National League has its version of the Yankees, it’s the Dodgers. Offseason acquisition David Price has opted out of the season, which diminishes their dominance just a bit, although, in the National League West, they are clearly the class of the bunch.

The Dodgers are -715 to win the division for the eighth straight season. The Giants, on the other hand, pay +8000 on a bet to win the NL West. In short, the Giants are not going to win the NL West this season.

Starting for the Giants will be Johnny Cueto, who made a successful return to the mound last September after Tommy John surgery. In four Opening Day starts, Cueto is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.64.

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Clayton Kershaw makes his ninth career Opening Day start for the Dodgers. He is 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA in the previous eight starts.

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