Both the American League and National League Championship Series are underway, and after two games for the former slate, the Rays are now the new favorites to win the 2020 World Series title.
Here are the latest odds to win the 2020 World Series:
ALCS All But Over?
This comes after the Rays took a 2-0 lead on the Astros on Monday night. Right fielder Manuel Margot led the American League’s top seed with a trio of RBIs, all of which came on a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Rays an early advantage in the eventual 4-2 victory. Rays catcher Mike Zunino batted in the fourth run with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh while right-hander Charlie Morton allowed five hits and zero earned runs through five innings, striking out five batters and walking just one.
Not to mention, Margot made arguably the best catch of this pandemic-shortened season, falling over the right field wall in foul territory in order to snag a ball hit by Astros center fielder George Springer.
On the other hand, the Astros now possess the smallest odds to win this year’s Commissioner’s Trophy at +1300, given the fact that they now have a deep hole to dig out of in their League Championship Series.
While mostly succeeding on the defensive end, the Astros are faltering on the scoring front. In the pair of games against the Rays thus far, the Astros have crossed the plate just three times in comparison to the Rays’ six runs.
Game 3 of the ALCS will commence at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Ryan Yarbrough takes the mound for the Rays, while the Astros will give Jose Urquidy the start.
In the alternative league, the Dodgers still own higher odds to win the World Series than the Braves (+220 in comparison to +250) despite Atlanta notching a 5-1 Game 1 victory on Monday. Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies knocked in two runs while going 2-for-5 from the plate. Lefty Max Fried additionally came through for Atlanta, allowing just four hits and one earned run through six innings.
If the Braves oust the Dodgers once again on Tuesday, expect those odds to change. But right now, it’s still anyone’s series…at least according to the oddsmakers.
Game 2 of the NLCS will begin Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. ET. Ian Anderson will start for the Braves, while Tony Gonsolin takes the mound for the Dodgers in the injury-related absence of Clayton Kershaw.
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