Last Updated on July 7, 2020

This year’s unique, shortened MLB betting season will kick off with a bang. The New York Yankees will face the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals with two of the best pitchers on the planet squaring off. Washington ace Max Scherzer will take the bump against the Yankees’ new toy, Gerrit Cole.

Cole and Scherzer finished second and third in Cy Young voting in their respective leagues and fans have every reason to believe they’ll be dominant once again. After all, Cole is the heavy favorite to win the American League Cy Young while Scherzer trails only New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom in betting odds to win the National League Cy Young.

When the two righty hurlers face on July 23, DraftKings Sportsbook expects a low scoring affair, which would make perfect sense.

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Yankees vs. Nationals Odds

Yankees -1.5 (+135)
Nationals +1.5 (-159)

Yankees Moneyline (-132)
Nationals Moneyline (+114)

Over 7.5 (-104)
Under 7.5 (-118)

There are a few ways bettors could go with the first game of the 2020 MLB season. On one hand, picking a side to win on the moneyline is probably the way to go if you think Scherzer and the Nats are going to win. Washington is the slight underdog and they are playing at home, even if there will be no fans.

When it comes to the Yankees, if bettors want to boost those odds, taking the run line at -1.5 could be the play. For one, the Yankees are going to be the road team and will bat in all nine innings. Oftentimes, when the home team is favored by 1.5 runs, they can shortchange bettors if they take a one-run lead into the ninth and hold on. In other words, it’s much safer to take a road team that’s favored by 1.5 runs because they are guaranteed more cracks at the plate.

With all that said, these odds could shift dramatically in the next two weeks if either pitcher goes down with an injury or tests positive for coronavirus. There is still so much uncertainty regarding the MLB’s testing procedures.