2020 MLB World Series Odds

 

2020 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration July 23 – October 27, 2020
Number of games 60
Number of teams 30
Draft
Top draft pick Spencer Torkelson
Picked by Detroit Tigers
Regular season
League Postseason
AL champions Tampa Bay Rays
  AL runners-up Houston Astros
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up Atlanta Braves
World Series
Champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-up Tampa Bay Rays
World Series MVP Corey Seager (LAD)

 

The 2020 Major League Baseball season was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full 162-game regular season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26. However, the pandemic caused Major League Baseball (MLB) to announce on March 12 that the remainder of spring training was canceled and that the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks. On March 16, MLB announced that the season would be postponed indefinitely, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people. This was the first time that MLB games have been put on hold since the 2001 season, when the season was paused for over a week after the September 11 attacks.

Spring training resumed on July 1 and was rebranded as the "Summer Camp". Each team was scheduled to play 60 regular season games, which began on July 23 and ended on September 27. On July 3, the All-Star Game was canceled because of the delay to the regular season. Dodger Stadium, which was set to host the game, will now host the 2022 All-Star Game.

On July 18, the Canadian federal government denied permission for the Toronto Blue Jays to play their home games at Rogers Centre this season on grounds that repeated cross-border trips by both the Blue Jays and their opponents would be a major risk due to the higher spikes in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. compared to those in Canada. The Blue Jays then chose to play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of their Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.

An expanded 16-team postseason tournament began on September 29, with games of all but the first round being played at neutral sites. The World Series began on October 20 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, and ended on October 27, with the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win their first title since 1988.

 

2020 Schedule

The 2020 schedule greatly differed from the normal 162-game schedule. In an effort to reduce travel, each team played only nine opponents during the regular season instead of the usual 19 or 20. Teams were scheduled to play 10 games against each of their four division opponents. The remaining 20 games of the 60-game schedule were interleague contests. To reduce travel, the interleague division match-ups were AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West. At 60 games, this was the shortest regular season since 1878.

Several international and neutral-site games originally scheduled for the season were canceled due to COVID-19:

  • On March 19, the Mexico Series and Puerto Rico Series games were canceled; the former would have featured the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Mexico City's Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, and the latter featuring the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
  • On April 1, MLB canceled the London Series, which would have featured the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at London Stadium.
  • On April 30, MLB canceled the MLB Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, which was scheduled to be played on August 23 between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. This cancellation coincided with the cancellation of the 2020 Little League World Series.
  • On August 3, MLB canceled MLB at Field of Dreams -a game that was scheduled to be played on August 13 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox at a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark on the Dyersville, Iowa farm site of the 1989 sports film Field of Dreams. The game has been postponed to 2021.
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    Standings

    American League National League
    AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
    (1) Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 0.667 - 20–9 20–11 (2) Atlanta Braves 35 25 0.583 - 19–11 16–14
    (5) New York Yankees 33 27 0.550 7 22–9 11–18 (6) Miami Marlins 31 29 0.517 4 11–15 20–14
    (8)Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 0.533 8 17–9 15–19 Philadelphia Phillies 28 32 0.467 7 19–13 9–19
    Baltimore Orioles 25 35 0.417 15 13–20 12–15 New York Mets 26 34 0.433 9 12–17 14–17
    Boston Red Sox 24 36 0.400 16 11–20 13–16 Washington Nationals 26 34 0.433 9 15–18 11–16
    AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
    (3)Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600 - 24–7 12–17 (3) Chicago Cubs 34 26 0.567 - 19–14 15–12
    (4) Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13 (5) St. Louis Cardinals 30 28 0.517 3 14–13 16–15
    (7) Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 1 18–12 17–13 (7) Cincinnati Reds 31 29 0.517 3 16–13 15–16
    Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 10 15–15 11–19 (8) Milwaukee Brewers 29 31 0.483 5 15–14 14–17
    Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 12 12–15 11–20 Pittsburgh Pirates 19 41 0.317 15 13–19 6–22
    AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
    (2) Oakland Athletics 36 24 0.600 - 22–10 14–14 (1) Los Angeles Dodgers 43 17 0.717 - 21–9 22–8
    (6) Houston Astros 29 31 0.483 7 20–8 9–23 (4) San Diego Padres 37 23 0.617 6 21–11 16–12
    Seattle Mariners 27 33 0.450 9 14–10 13–23 San Francisco Giants 29 31 0.483 14 19–14 10–17
    Los Angeles Angels 26 34 0.433 10 16–15 10–19 Colorado Rockies 26 34 0.433 17 12–18 14–16
    Texas Rangers 22 38 0.367 14 16–14 6–24 Arizona Diamondbacks 25 35 0.417 18 16–14 9–21

     

    MLB Bracket 2020

    1 Tampa Bay 2
    8 Toronto 0
    1 Tampa Bay 3
    5 NY Yankees 2
    4 Cleveland 0
    5 NY Yankees 2
    1 Tampa Bay 4
    American League
    6 Houston 3
    3 Minnesota 0
    6 Houston 2
    6 Houston 3
    2 Oakland 1
    2 Oakland 2
    7 Chi White Sox 1
    AL1 Tampa Bay 2
    NL1 LA Dodgers 4
    1 LA Dodgers 2
    8 Milwaukee 0
    1 LA Dodgers 3
    4 San Diego 0
    4 San Diego 2
    5 St. Louis 1
    1 LA Dodgers 4
    National League
    2 Atlanta 3
    3 Chi Cubs 0
    6 Miami 2
    6 Miami 0
    2 Atlanta 3
    2 Atlanta 2
    7 Cincinnati 0

     

    Winners

     

    Numbers in parentheses in the table are World Series appearances as of the date of that World Series, and are used as follows: Winning team and losing team columns indicate the number of times that team has appeared in a World Series as well as each respective team's World Series record to date.

     

    Year Winning team Manager Games Losing team Manager
    1903 Boston Americans (1, 1–0) Jimmy Collins 5–3[V] Pittsburgh Pirates (1, 0–1) Fred Clarke
    1904 No World Series
    1905 New York Giants (1, 1–0) John McGraw 4–1 Philadelphia Athletics (1, 0–1) Connie Mack
    1906 Chicago White Sox (1, 1–0) Fielder Jones 4–2 Chicago Cubs (1, 0–1) Frank Chance
    1907 Chicago Cubs (2, 1–1) Frank Chance 4–0–(1)[T] Detroit Tigers (1, 0–1) Hugh Jennings
    1908 Chicago Cubs (3, 2–1) Frank Chance 4–1 Detroit Tigers (2, 0–2) Hugh Jennings
    1909 Pittsburgh Pirates (2, 1–1) Fred Clarke 4–3 Detroit Tigers (3, 0–3) Hugh Jennings
    1910 Philadelphia Athletics (2, 1–1) Connie Mack 4–1 Chicago Cubs (4, 2–2) Frank Chance
    1911 Philadelphia Athletics (3, 2–1) Connie Mack 4–2 New York Giants (2, 1–1) John McGraw
    1912 Boston Red Sox (2, 2–0) Jake Stahl 4–3–(1)[T] New York Giants (3, 1–2) John McGraw
    1913 Philadelphia Athletics (4, 3–1) Connie Mack 4–1 New York Giants (4, 1–3) John McGraw
    1914 Boston Braves (1, 1–0) George Stallings 4–0 Philadelphia Athletics (5, 3–2) Connie Mack
    1915 Boston Red Sox (3, 3–0) Bill Carrigan 4–1 Philadelphia Phillies (1, 0–1) Pat Moran
    1916 Boston Red Sox (4, 4–0) Bill Carrigan 4–1 Brooklyn Robins (1, 0–1) Wilbert Robinson
    1917 Chicago White Sox (2, 2–0) Pants Rowland 4–2 New York Giants (5, 1–4) John McGraw
    1918 Boston Red Sox (5, 5–0) Ed Barrow 4–2 Chicago Cubs (5, 2–3) Fred Mitchell
    1919 Cincinnati Reds (1, 1–0) Pat Moran 5–3 [V] Chicago White Sox (3, 2–1) Kid Gleason
    1920 Cleveland Indians (1, 1–0) Tris Speaker 5–2 [V] Brooklyn Robins (2, 0–2) Wilbert Robinson
    1921 New York Giants (6, 2–4) John McGraw 5–3 [V] New York Yankees (1, 0–1) Miller Huggins
    1922 New York Giants (7, 3–4) John McGraw 4–0–(1) [T] New York Yankees (2, 0–2) Miller Huggins
    1923 New York Yankees (3, 1–2) Miller Huggins 4–2 New York Giants (8, 3–5) John McGraw
    1924 Washington Senators (1, 1–0) Bucky Harris 4–3 New York Giants (9, 3–6) John McGraw
    1925 Pittsburgh Pirates (3, 2–1) Bill McKechnie 4–3 Washington Senators (2, 1–1) Bucky Harris
    1926 St. Louis Cardinals (1, 1–0) Rogers Hornsby 4–3 New York Yankees (4, 1–3) Miller Huggins
    1927 New York Yankees (5, 2–3) Miller Huggins 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (4, 2–2) Donie Bush
    1928 New York Yankees (6, 3–3) Miller Huggins 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals (2, 1–1) Bill McKechnie
    1929 Philadelphia Athletics (6, 4–2) Connie Mack 4–1 Chicago Cubs (6, 2–4) Joe McCarthy
    1930 Philadelphia Athletics (7, 5–2) Connie Mack 4–2 St. Louis Cardinals (3, 1–2) Gabby Street
    1931 St. Louis Cardinals (4, 2–2) Gabby Street 4–3 Philadelphia Athletics (8, 5–3) Connie Mack
    1932 New York Yankees (7, 4–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Chicago Cubs (7, 2–5) Charlie Grimm
    1933 New York Giants (10, 4–6) Bill Terry 4–1 Washington Senators (3, 1–2) Joe Cronin
    1934 St. Louis Cardinals (5, 3–2) Frank Frisch< 4–3 Detroit Tigers (4, 0–4) Mickey Cochrane
    1935 Detroit Tigers (5, 1–4) Mickey Cochrane 4–2 Chicago Cubs (8, 2–6) Charlie Grimm
    1936 New York Yankees (8, 5–3) Joe McCarthy 4–2 New York Giants (11, 4–7) Bill Terry
    1937 New York Yankees (9, 6–3) Joe McCarthy 4–1 New York Giants (12, 4–8) Bill Terry
    1938 New York Yankees (10, 7–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Chicago Cubs (9, 2–7) Gabby Hartnett
    1939 New York Yankees (11, 8–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Cincinnati Reds (2, 1–1) Bill McKechnie
    1940 Cincinnati Reds (3, 2–1) Bill McKechnie 4–3 Detroit Tigers (6, 1–5) Del Baker
    1941 New York Yankees (12, 9–3) Joe McCarthy 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers (3, 0–3) Leo Durocher
    1942 St. Louis Cardinals (6, 4–2) Billy Southworth 4–1 New York Yankees (13, 9–4) Joe McCarthy
    1943 New York Yankees (14, 10–4) Joe McCarthy 4–1 St. Louis Cardinals (7, 4–3) Billy Southworth
    1944 St. Louis Cardinals (8, 5–3) Billy Southworth 4–2 St. Louis Browns (1, 0–1) Luke Sewell
    1945 Detroit Tigers (7, 2–5) Steve O'Neill 4–3 Chicago Cubs (10, 2–8) Charlie Grimm
    1946 St. Louis Cardinals (9, 6–3) Eddie Dyer 4–3 Boston Red Sox (6, 5–1) Joe Cronin
    1947 New York Yankees (15, 11–4) Bucky Harris 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (4, 0–4) Burt Shotton
    1948 Cleveland Indians (2, 2–0) Lou Boudreau 4–2 Boston Braves (2, 1–1) Billy Southworth
    1949 New York Yankees (16, 12–4) Casey Stengel 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers (5, 0–5) Burt Shotton<
    1950 New York Yankees (17, 13–4) Casey Stengel 4–0 Philadelphia Phillies (2, 0–2) Eddie Sawyer
    1951 New York Yankees (18, 14–4) Casey Stengel 4–2 New York Giants (13, 4–9) Leo Durocher
    1952 New York Yankees (19, 15–4) Casey Stengel 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (6, 0–6) Charlie Dressen<
    1953 New York Yankees (20, 16–4) Casey Stengel 4–2 Brooklyn Dodgers (7, 0–7) Charlie Dressen
    1954 New York Giants (14, 5–9) Leo Durocher 4–0 Cleveland Indians (3, 2–1) Al Lopez
    1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (8, 1–7) Walter Alston 4–3 New York Yankees (21, 16–5) Casey Stengel
    1956 New York Yankees< (22, 17–5) Casey Stengel 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (9, 1–8) Walter Alston
    1957 Milwaukee Braves (3, 2–1) Fred Haney 4–3 New York Yankees (23, 17–6) Casey Stengel
    1958 New York Yankees (24, 18–6) Casey Stengel 4–3 Milwaukee Braves (4, 2–2) Fred Haney
    1959 Los Angeles Dodgers (10, 2–8) Walter Alston 4–2 Chicago White Sox (4, 2–2) Al Lopez
    1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (5, 3–2) Danny Murtaugh 4–3 New York Yankees (25, 18–7) Casey Stengel
    1961 New York Yankees (26, 19–7) Ralph Houk 4–1 Cincinnati Reds (4, 2–2) Fred Hutchinson
    1962 New York Yankees (27, 20–7) Ralph Houk 4–3 San Francisco Giants (15, 5–10) Alvin Dark
    1963 Los Angeles Dodgers (11, 3–8) Walter Alston 4–0 New York Yankees (28, 20–8) Ralph Houk
    1964 St. Louis Cardinals (10, 7–3) Johnny Keane< 4–3 New York Yankees (29, 20–9) Yogi Berra
    1965 Los Angeles Dodgers (12, 4–8) Walter Alston 4–3 Minnesota Twins (4, 1–3) Sam Mele
    1966 Baltimore Orioles (2, 1–1) Hank Bauer 4–0 Los Angeles Dodgers (13, 4–9) Walter Alston
    1967 St. Louis Cardinals (11, 8–3) Red Schoendienst 4–3 Boston Red Sox (7, 5–2) Dick Williams
    1968 Detroit Tigers (8, 3–5) Mayo Smith 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (12, 8–4) Red Schoendienst
    1969 New York Mets (1, 1–0) Gil Hodges 4–1 Baltimore Orioles (3, 1–2) Earl Weaver
    1970 Baltimore Orioles (4, 2–2) Earl Weaver 4–1 Cincinnati Reds (5, 2–3) Sparky Anderson
    1971 Pittsburgh Pirates (6, 4–2) Danny Murtaugh 4–3 Baltimore Orioles (5, 2–3) Earl Weaver
    1972 Oakland Athletics (9, 6–3) Dick Williams< 4–3 Cincinnati Reds (6, 2–4) Sparky Anderson
    1973 Oakland Athletics (10, 7–3) Dick Williams 4–3 New York Mets (2, 1–1) Yogi Berra
    1974 Oakland Athletics (11, 8–3) Alvin Dark 4–1 Los Angeles Dodgers (14, 4–10) Walter Alston
    1975 Cincinnati Reds (7, 3–4) Sparky Anderson 4–3 Boston Red Sox (8, 5–3) Darrell Johnson
    1976 Cincinnati Reds (8, 4–4) Sparky Anderson 4–0 New York Yankees (30, 20–10) Billy Martin<
    1977 New York Yankees (31, 21–10) Billy Martin 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers (15, 4–11) Tommy Lasorda
    1978 New York Yankees (32, 22–10) Bob Lemon 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers (16, 4–12) Tommy Lasorda
    1979 Pittsburgh Pirates (7, 5–2) Chuck Tanner 4–3 Baltimore Orioles (6, 2–4) Earl Weaver
    1980 Philadelphia Phillies (3, 1–2) Dallas Green 4–2 Kansas City Royals (1, 0–1) Jim Frey
    1981 Los Angeles Dodgers (17, 5–12) Tommy Lasorda 4–2 New York Yankees (33, 22–11) Bob Lemon
    1982 St. Louis Cardinals (13, 9–4) Whitey Herzog 4–3 Milwaukee Brewers [L1] (1, 0–1) Harvey Kuenn
    1983 Baltimore Orioles (7, 3–4) Joe Altobelli 4–1 Philadelphia Phillies (4, 1–3) Paul Owens
    1984 Detroit Tigers (9, 4–5) Sparky Anderson 4–1 San Diego Padres (1, 0–1) Dick Williams
    1985 Kansas City Royals (2, 1–1) Dick Howser 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (14, 9–5) Whitey Herzog
    1986 New York Mets (3, 2–1) Davey Johnson 4–3 Boston Red Sox (9, 5–4) John McNamara
    1987 Minnesota Twins (5, 2–3) Tom Kelly 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (15, 9–6) Whitey Herzog
    1988 Los Angeles Dodgers (18, 6–12) Tommy Lasorda 4–1 Oakland Athletics (12, 8–4) Tony La Russa
    1989 Oakland Athletics (13, 9–4) Tony La Russa 4–0 San Francisco Giants (16, 5–11) Roger Craig
    1990 Cincinnati Reds (9, 5–4) Lou Piniella 4–0 Oakland Athletics (14, 9–5) Tony La Russa
    1991 Minnesota Twins (6, 3–3) Tom Kelly 4–3 Atlanta Braves (5, 2–3) Bobby Cox
    1992 Toronto Blue Jays (1, 1–0) Cito Gaston 4–2 Atlanta Braves (6, 2–4) Bobby Cox
    1993 Toronto Blue Jays (2, 2–0) Cito Gaston 4–2 Philadelphia Phillies (5, 1–4) Jim Fregosi
    1994 No World Series due to a players' strike.
    1995 Atlanta Braves (7, 3–4) Bobby Cox 4–2 Cleveland Indians (4, 2–2) Mike Hargrove
    1996 New York Yankees (34, 23–11) Joe Torre> 4–2 Atlanta Braves (8, 3–5) Bobby Cox
    1997 Florida Marlins [W] (1, 1–0) Jim Leyland 4–3 Cleveland Indians (5, 2–3) Mike Hargrove
    1998 New York Yankees (35, 24–11) Joe Torre 4–0 San Diego Padres< (2, 0–2) Bruce Bochy
    1999 New York Yankees (36, 25–11) Joe Torre 4–0 Atlanta Braves (9, 3–6) Bobby Cox
    2000 New York Yankees (37, 26–11) Joe Torre 4–1 New York Mets [W] (4, 2–2) Bobby Valentine
    2001 Arizona Diamondbacks (1, 1–0) Bob Brenly 4–3 New York Yankees (38, 26–12) Joe Torre
    2002 Anaheim Angels [W] (1, 1–0) Mike Scioscia 4–3 San Francisco Giants [W] (17, 5–12) Dusty Baker
    2003 Florida Marlins [W] (2, 2–0) Jack McKeon 4–2 New York Yankees (39, 26–13) Joe Torre
    2004 Boston Red Sox [W] (10, 6–4) Terry Francona 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals (16, 9–7) Tony La Russa
    2005 Chicago White Sox (5, 3–2) Ozzie Guillén 4–0 Houston Astros [W][L2] (1, 0–1) Phil Garner
    2006 St. Louis Cardinals (17, 10–7) Tony La Russa 4–1 Detroit Tigers [W] (10, 4–6) Jim Leyland
    2007 Boston Red Sox (11, 7–4) Terry Francona 4–0 Colorado Rockies [W] (1, 0–1) Clint Hurdle
    2008 Philadelphia Phillies (6, 2–4) Charlie Manuel 4–1 Tampa Bay Rays (1, 0–1) Joe Maddon
    2009 New York Yankees (40, 27–13) Joe Girardi 4–2 Philadelphia Phillies (7, 2–5) Charlie Manuel
    2010 San Francisco Giants(18, 6–12) Bruce Bochy 4–1 Texas Rangers (1, 0–1) Ron Washington
    2011 St. Louis Cardinals [W] (18, 11–7) Tony La Russa 4–3 Texas Rangers (2, 0–2) Ron Washington
    2012 San Francisco Giants (19, 7–12) Bruce Bochy 4–0 Detroit Tigers (11, 4–7) Jim Leyland
    2013 Boston Red Sox (12, 8–4) John Farrell 4–2 St. Louis Cardinals (19, 11–8) Mike Matheny
    2014 San Francisco Giants [W] (20, 8–12) Bruce Bochy 4–3 Kansas City Royals [W] (3, 1–2) Ned Yost
    2015 Kansas City Royals (4, 2–2) Ned Yost 4–1 New York Mets (5, 2–3) Terry Collins
    2016 Chicago Cubs (11, 3–8) Joe Maddon 4–3 Cleveland Indians (6, 2–4) Terry Francona<
    2017 Houston Astros [L2] (2, 1–1) A. J. Hinch 4–3 Los Angeles Dodgers (19, 6–13) Dave Roberts
    2018 Boston Red Sox (13, 9–4) Alex Cora 4–1 Los Angeles Dodgers (20, 6–14) Dave Roberts

     

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