MLB Baseball Betting Odds AL West Teams to Make 2020 Playoffs

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Major League Baseball start to the season is under a delay because of Coronavirus. So, let’s look at the odds for AL West division teams to make the 2020 playoffs.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the defending AL West Champion Houston Astros -310 odds to make the playoffs with the No returning +230 odds. Dusty takes over as manager of the Houston Astros following the firing of AJ Hinch for his role in the cheating scandal. He has spent 22 seasons as manager of the Giants, Cubs, Reds and Nationals. He inherits a team that won 107 games in 2019 losing to the Washington Nationals in the World Series. Six players in their everyday lineup last season hit .292 or greater with four hitting over thirty homers. Their top hitters return. They lose their best starter as Gerrit Coles is a New York Yankee in free agency. Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke sit atop the rotation.

Oakland Athletics: Yes +120 odds. No -120. Manager Bob Melvin returns for his tenth season with the team. He carries a .524 win percentage with five playoff appearances never winning a postseason appearance with the Athletics. Oakland was an AL Wildcard last season with 97 wins. Despite playing in a pitcher’s park the team had three players post over 30 homers and they return this season. Matt Olson and Matt Chapman each hit 36 homers in 2019. Starter Sean Manaea is hoping for a healthy season after missing most of the 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Frankie Montez returns after starting only 16 games because of suspension.

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Texas Rangers: Yes +350 odds. No -500. Chris Woodward enters his second season with the club. In 2019 the Rangers finished in third place in the AL West with a mark of 78-84. Rangers lacked offensive punch in their lineup ranking in the lower half of the league in home runs. They had only one player with 30 homers in Rougned Odor. They made a move to add an arm in their rotation as Corey Kluber comes to the team. They also got good work from Lance Lynn and Mike Minor. Rangers will need to improve from a Team ERA over five.

LA Angels: Yes +160 odds. No -200. Joe Madden not resigned by the Cubs was signed in the offseason to manage the LA Angels. LA was a disappointing 72-90 a season ago. Mike Trout slugged 45 homers last season and Kole Calhoun contributed with 33. There was a huge drop off from there. Calhoun leaves the team in the offseason to Arizona. In free agency the team signed Anthony Rendon from the Nationals. They are hoping that Tommy La Stella can play more than half of the team’s games following injury last season. Angels have had a history of injuries to their starting rotation. Last year it was patchwork after spring training with the likes of Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey in the rotation. Team brough in Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy in the offseason. There are questions if Shohei Ohtani can contribute to the starting rotation as he returns from arm surgery.

Seattle Mariners: Yes +750. No -1500. Scott Servais returns to manage fifth season with the team. He sports a .495 win percentage after going 68-94 last season. No playoff appearances in his four seasons. Seattle was a weak hitting team last year with a team batting average of .237 sitting near the bottom of the league. Only Daniel Vogelbach hit 30 homers for the Mariners. Marco Gonzalez leads the rotation after going 16-13 with ERA of 3.99 a season ago. Yusei Kikuchi was a disappointment last season. Taijuan Walker returns to Seattle after a stint with Arizona and now coming off Tommy John surgery.

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