The odds makers have logged on and the ones at Caesers Sportsbook have set the over/under win totals for Major League Baseball in 2020. When it comes to the best team in baseball, they’ve pegged that team to be the Los Angeles Dodgers with 37 wins (that’s a 100-win pace for a 162 game season).
For the National League Central Division, the Cincinnati Reds are on top at 31.5 wins. That’s only an 85-win pace for a full season. The number may be low because the Reds aren’t alone at the top. Both the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals also sit there at 31.5 wins according to Caesers. The Milwaukee Brewers are only one game behind those three, sitting at 30.5. The lowly Pittsburgh Pirates are at the bottom, sitting there with their over/under number of 25 wins on the season.
MGM Sportsbook has a similar, but slightly different outlook. The Reds are still at the top, tied with the Cardinals and the Cubs. All three teams have their over/under set at 32.5 wins. The Brewers are sitting there next with an over/under at 30.5. The Pirates are still down at the bottom of the division with 25.5 wins.
It’s not too surprising that things are tight at the top. We’ve all kind of felt that way since about December when the Reds started making some big moves in free agency. Their additions of Nick Castellanos, Mike Moustakas, Shogo Akiyama, Wade Miley, and Pedro Strop really shored up some potential holes on the roster. It was an offseason unlike Reds fans have seen from their team in a very long time – if ever. And the moves took Cincinnati from a solid, but unspectacular team in 2020 to one that’s in line to contend for a playoff spot and be named as the divisional favorite by multiple publications.
With just 60 games to work with, in such a tight race, every single game is going to matter that much more. Every game against teams within your division is going to be more valuable than in past seasons. There’s less time to make up a loss to a divisional opponent. A team that gets out to a start like the Reds did last year has almost no chance of making up that deficit in a short season short of going on one of the best runs of all time.
This article was updated with odds from MGM as well.