Glance at Cubs, White Sox futures odds reveals Darvish, Kopech are big factors in betting market

Cubs' Yu Darvish, March 6, 2020, (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki)
Cubs' Yu Darvish, March 6, 2020, (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Thursday would have been Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season, but the Coronavirus halted that plan, along with pretty much everything else in the sports world. Nevertheless, it’s a good time to peek at some baseball futures odds offered around the betting market.

While regular-season win totals and over/under props on outcomes such as the number of home runs hit by a player or wins earned by a pitcher have been taken off oddsboards due the uncertainty of the length of the season, plenty of markets remain open for wagering, including World Series, league pennants, MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year.

Here is a smattering of odds from the Westgate SuperBook pertaining to Chicago’s two MLB clubs – the Cubs and White Sox – followed by the entire list of World Series futures.

Odds to win 2020 NL MVP

While the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and Brewers’ Christian Yelich are co-favorites at 5/1 odds, four Cubs show up on Westgate’s betting board, led by Javier Baez at 25/1. The shortstop is joined by Kris Bryant (30/1), Anthony Rizzo (60/1) and Kyle Schwarber (200/1).

Odds to win 2020 AL MVP

At an odds-on 4/5, the Angels’ Mike Trout is far and away the top choice to win the award in the Junior Circuit for the second straight season and for the fourth time in seven years. No other AL player is offered at less than 10/1. The White Sox are represented in this market by Yoan Moncada (40/1), Eloy Jimenez (60/1), Jose Abreu (100/1), Tim Anderson (300/1) and Edwin Encarnacion (1000/1).

Odds to win 2020 NL Cy Young

The Cubs’ Yu Darvish has made a major move up the oddsboard since betting opened at the Westgate on January 25, shortened to 12/1 from 30/1. That makes the righty the fifth betting choice behind the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (5/2), Nationals’ Max Scherzer (5/1), Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty (5/1) and Dodgers’ Walter Buehler (5/1).

Odds to win 2020 AL Cy Young

The market gives Lucas Giolito a good shot at this award, betting him from 20/1 to 12/1 since January. The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole is the clear chalk at +225, followed by his former teammate in Houston, Justin Verlander, at 6/1. Chicago’s Dallas Kuechel is 50/1, and Michael Kopech is 80/1. Speaking of Kopech …

Odds to win 2020 AL Rookie of Year

There’s plenty of reasons for White Sox fans’ optimism about the seasons ahead, two of the team’s rookies topping this futures board among them. Outfielder Luis Robert is the 5/2 favorite, bet down from a 7/1 opening price, and Kopech, who appears to be just fine after Tommy John surgery, is the 3/1 second choice.

Odds to win 2020 World Series

The Dodgers and Yankees are solid favorites to win their respective leagues, the Westgate even dealing props on whether the teams will meet in the World Series (Yes +425, No -600) and whether either team will win the 2020 title (Yes +120, No -140).

Here are odds on all 30 teams to be crowned champion:

Los Angeles DODGERS6/13/1
New York YANKEES6/17/2
Houston ASTROS5/19/1
Atlanta BRAVES10/116/1
New York METS20/116/1
Minnesota TWINS20/116/1
Washington NATIONALS14/118/1
Chicago CUBS20/120/1
Tampa Bay RAYS20/120/1
Oakland ATHLETICS30/120/1
Cincinnati REDS50/120/1
Cleveland INDIANS14/125/1
Los Angeles ANGELS100/125/1
Boston RED SOX12/130/1
St. Louis CARDINALS18/130/1
Philadelphia PHILLIES20/140/1
Milwaukee BREWERS20/150/1
San Diego PADRES50/150/1
Chicago WHITE SOX60/150/1
Arizona DIAMONDBACKS50/160/1
Texas RANGERS100/1100/1
Toronto BLUE JAYS80/1300/1
Colorado ROCKIES100/1300/1
Pittsburgh PIRATES200/1300/1
San Francisco GIANTS100/1500/1
Seattle MARINERS300/1500/1
Miami MARLINS1000/1500/1
Kansas City ROYALS1000/1500/1
Baltimore ORIOLES1000/11000/1
Detroit TIGERS1000/11000/1

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