MLB Sportsbooks Favor A 51-65 Game Season In 2020

  • The MLB’s regular season has -300 odds of happening this year.
  • Broken down, A 51-65 game regular season has the most favored odds (-155).

NEW YORK – The on-going negotiations between the MLB and MLBPA have led some to believe that the MLB’s regular season may not be happening.

The current talks have reached a stalemate as the owners and players’ association cannot agree to the number of games that would be played in a shortened season due to the coronavirus.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred once said there would “100%” be a 2020 MLB regular season but his more recent comments walked back from that assertion which has angered the MLBPA.

The biggest issue keeping the regular season from returning is player salaries.

The owners have tried to get the players to play on reduced salaries because of a shortened regular season but the MLBPA has stood firm on making sure the players have fully guaranteed prorated salaries.

Will there be an MLB regular season?

  • Yes -300
  • No +200

The MLB’s regular season will likely happen as there is too much money at stake for the season to be canceled especially since baseball's popularity has been on the decline for the past couple of years.

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The +200 odds on the “No” option for this prop could be worth the dice roll especially since there have been whispers of some owners not being interested in having a regular season this year.

Number of Games during 2020 MLB regular season?

  • 51-65 Games -155
  • 50 Games or Less +225
  • 66 Games or more +375

The latest proposal the owners sent to the players was a 72-game regular season at 80% prorated pay which was rejected by the MLBPA.

Although the number of games played won’t matter for the players, at online sportsbooks, it could help bettors win big.

The number of games played has decreased each of the times the owners have sent a new proposal to the players. Although 51-65 games have the shortest odds at -155, bettors should fade those odds and take +375 odds on the regular season being 66 games or more.

With it being difficult to see the owners going lower than a 65-game regular season, bettors can lock in MLB props to make money before the season even begins.