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MLB Preview 2020:

Finally my betting friends we have sports again in 2020. I'm Eddie J working with Betvegasnow.com here to give you some great sports info and betting nuggets to win you some $ in 2020.

In this preview I'll show you some value on Team totals in this shortened 60 game season as well as give you some teams to back and fade. I'll also give you my divisional picks and WS winner.

First let's breakdown some rule changes and COVID-19 info!

1- 2020 will bring the DH to the NL for the first time in history. It may or not stick in future years but lets cover it for 2020. As a OV/UND player how many times can u recall a rally ending with the pitcher up? It's almost an auto out. I see the DH a 1 run per game value to the total. It will also provide an advantage to NL teams with a slugger on the bench!

2-Relief pitcher Rule will take away the situational lefty matchup as all relievers must face 3 hitters when they enter the game or the inning ends. You can start a new pitcher the following inning if your reliever didn't face 3 hitters but did finish the inning. This will have a lot of managers alternate their LRLR lineups.

3-The extra inning rule puts a base runner on second in each top and bottom half of an inning until the game is completed. This will save teams from marathon extra inning games but will involve new strategies for managers such as more bunting and intentional walks. This could provide value for O/U bets as well if you need a couple runs in a tied game.

4- Covid -19 will be a variable you have to keep your eye on. Teams will carry 30 players initially with rosters decreasing as the season progresses. Each team will carry a taxi squad in case of positive tests of covid. We have seen so far once players have passed their initial screening they have seemed to be ok but you never know with traveling. Also players returning be weary of their stamina and productivity,

5-Teams will play with no fans at their home ballparks except for the Blue Jays who will play in a variety of parks since Toronto won't allow them to play in Canada.

6- Teams will play 60 games 40 vs divisional rivals and 20 vs interleague opponents in their opposite league division. i.e east vs east central vs central.

NL East (projected O/U)

Atlanta Braves (33.5) UNDER

The Braves return a dangerous lineup featuring Ronald Acuna Jr, Freddie Freeman, and newly acquired Marcell Ozuna. The two time defending divisional winners will hit especially at home but are still looking for young pitchers to be more consistent. Mike Soroka and Mike Foltynewicz will front end the rotation. The bullpen is a little shaky for the Braves.

Washington Nationals (33) UNDER

The defending champs feature their usual horses Max Scherzer, Steven Strasburg, Patrick Corbin also adding depth to their pen by adding Astros stalwart Will Harris. The Nats are led by Juan Soto and Trea Turner but losing MLB RBI leader Anthony Rendon will sting.

Philadelphia Phillies (31.5) OVER

I love the Phillies outlook for this shortened season not only because I'm a Phillies fan but the coaching and team personnel. Joe Girardi leads a staff featuring Bryan Price as pitching coach. The Phils who upgraded in offseason with acquisitions of Didi Gregorious and SP Zach Wheeler lost a ton of late leads due to coaching inexperience. The young arms will thrive under Price's tutledge and Girardi will lead the Phils to the playoffs. Bryce Harper, a notorious fast starter, may win MVP in 2020.

New York Mets (31.5) OVER

The Mets if healthy feature a great bullpen with Familia,Betances,Lugo,and Edwin Diaz. In a short season they could help the Mets win some ball games. Two time reigning Cy Young winner Jacob Degrom will lead a staff missing Noah Synergaard for the season. The DH will benefit the Mets giving Yoenis Cespedes AB's.

Miami Marlins (24.5) OVER

The Fish should improve and may play spoiler in this sprint of a season. Veterans such as Jonathan Villar, Jesus Aguilar, and Corey Dickerson will improve an offense that ranked dead last in most statistical categories last season. Young arms in the rotation and bullpen will gain valuable experience and help the Marlins compete.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs (32.5) UNDER

The Cubs will be led by former Cub David Ross. The Cubs are still formidable with the likes of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javy Baez but the pitching isn't there for the Cubs. Yu Darvish has been inconsistent while the bullpen had been atrocious. I see the Cubs having a down year and big changes in the off season.

Cincinnati Reds (31.5) OVER

The Reds are my surprise pick to win the NL Central. The Reds are led by Trevor Bauer and Sonny Grey on the bump. The pen led by CP Rasiel Iglesias is nasty while they upgraded a potent offense with the addition of Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas.

St.Louis Cardinals (31.5) UNDER

The Cards feature a young studded staff led by Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson. Pitching won't be a problem for the Cards but the hitting will be inconsistent. The Cards lost Marcell Ozuna while other hitters are aging. I see the Cards on the outside looking in on the playoffs.

Milwaukee Brewers (30.5) OVER

The Brewers led by Christian Yelich will try and get over the hump. The Crew added Avasail Garcia and will be in the wild card race but pitching will be their downfall.

Pittsburgh Pirates (25.5) UNDER

The Bucs will struggle with a young lineup and young hurlers. They struggled in the spring going 3-16 and They will reside in the basement. Brian Reynolds might battle for the batting crown tho.

NL WEST

LA Dodgers (38) OVER

The Dodgers are Co FAVS to win WS and they look to keep their string of division titles going. They dominated in 3 summer camp games and with Mookie Betts joining the mix watch out they might be unstoppable. Kershaw is a year older and they lost SP RYU but the bullpen should be solid and young Depth should keep the Dodgers deep in October.

Arizona Dbacks (31) UNDER

The Dbacks added Madison Bumgarner in the offseason to join Robbie Ray in the rotation. The D'backs with a premier bullpen should compete for a wild card.

San Diego Padres (30.5) OVER

The Padres are a lot of people's sleeper and I see why with the young influx of talent led by Fernando Tatis JR. Manny Machado should bounce back from a 2019 down year and Chris Paddock leads a solid pitching staff. SD will be in the wild card mix.

Colorado Rockies (27.5) OVER

The Rockies are a dangerous team in a shortened season. Last year thru 60 they were a playoff team before a late collapse. The Rockies will bash and may steal a wildcard.

SF Giants (25) UNDER

The Giants say goodbye to Bruce Bochy and welcome Gabe Mr Positivity Kapler. Gabe was decent with Philly but his inexperience showed. The Giants will be without Buster Posey in 2019 and lost Madison Bumgarner in offseason. It will be a rebuilding year for SF.

AL East

NY Yankees (37.5) UNDER

The Yanks are the AL Favorite and Co-FAV to win the WS. The Covid -19 break actually helped the Yanks get healthy. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will finally get to bash together. FYI they have only both hit a HR in a Yankees game one time due to various injuries for both. The Yanks got the prize of the offseason signing SP Gerrit Cole. The Yanks bullpen is elite and the lineup is stacked. Yanks will go deep.

Tampa Bay Rays (34) UNDER

Vegas is high on the Rays and they should compete for the playoffs due to their style of play. The Opener and usage of their pitching unique to many may become the norm in this short season.

Boston Red Sox (32) UNDER

The Bo Sox lost Mookie Betts but still have plenty of firepower. The Sox will be without Chris Sale all season and the Pen is shaky. Red Sox will look great some nights but blow too many games to play in October.

Toronto Blue Jays (27.5) OVER

The Jays could shock some teams with thier young core of JRS (Guerrero,Biggio,Bichette) Young Stud SP Pearson could crack the rotation led by Hyun Jin Ryu. The Jays will play all their games away from Toronto this could bring the team together.

Baltimore Orioles (20.5) OVER

Projected to be the worst team in MLB, The Orioles have some young talent. SP John Means was an All star last year. The O's are still rebuilding but will upset some teams this season.

AL Central

Minnesota Twins (34) OVER

The Twins who broke the all time HR record last season will mash again adding Josh Donaldson to the mix. They also added veteran SP Kenta Maeda and Homer Bailey. I love the Twins this season.

Cleveland Indians (32.5) OVER

The Tribe have solid SP led by Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber. Francisco Lindor will lead a potent lineup. The Tribe will compete for the wildcard and be in the mix in a 3 horse race in the Central.

Chicago White Sox (31.5) OVER

The Chi Sox added Yasmami Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, Dallas Kuechel in a off season spending spree. Those signings complement a dangerous young core.The Sox if healthy will compete for playoffs.

KC Royals (25) UNDER

KC will continue to rebuild but have some veterans to make things interesting. Merrifield, Perez, Soler and New add Maikel Franco will keep Royals games watchable.

Detroit Tigers (22) UNDER

Ron Gardenhire added some Vets (CJ Cron, Johnathan Schoop, and Austin Romine) to the mix. Tigers have a dominant young staff but still a year or two a way. Lots of losses in motown.

AL WEST

Houston Astros (35) OVER

The Astros got off the hook with no fans in attendance and it may let them thrive. Verlander,Grienke, and Mccullers will lead the staff and the lineup is still one of the best in MLB .Look for young stud Yordan Alvarez to lead the league in HR's.

Oakland A's (32.5) UNDER

The A's bring back a solid playoff team but they seem to get off to slow starts. In this 60 game season every game matters.

LA Angels (31.5) OVER

The Angels signed MLB RBI leader Anthony Rendon to go with Mike Trout and co. Shohei Ohtani will pitch again on Sunday's. Joe Maddon leads the Halos now and young pitching will be the wildcard.

Texas Rangers (28.5) OVER

The Rangers open a new park and have a couple new faces in the rotation led by Corey Kluber. The Rangers can hit and their SP will keep them in games but can the pen close out leads.

Seattle Mariners (23.5) UNDER

The Mariners are in rebuild mode and will finish last in this division but keep in mind they started 22-9 last season that will help in a short season but I don't see it happening again.

MY Playoff predictions....

AL EAST-Yankees
AL Central-Twins
AL West-Astros
WC - Angels and White Sox

NL East-Phillies
NL Central-Reds
NL West-Dodgers
WC -Mets and Brewers

WS Phillies over Twins in 6
(My GUT LOL)
REALITY WS
Dodgers over Yankees in 7

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