Pirates See No Odds Change, Chris Archer To Miss 2020 MLB Season

  • Chris Archer had surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and will miss the entire 2020 MLB season.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have +30000 odds to win the 2020 World Series.
  • Pittsburgh has -120 odds of recording over 42.5 wins in the 2020 season.

PITTSBURGHThe Pittsburgh Pirates will have a different look heading into the 2020 MLB season right-handed pitcher Chris Archer will miss the entire 2020 regular season.

Due to surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, the Pirates were hoping that Archer would have a bounce-back season in a contract year.

Archer’s Effect on Pirates Betting Odds

This is the second injury to the Pirates starting rotation this season as they’re already without Jameson Taillon for the year (Tommy John surgery).

Moving forward, Archer’s absence will certainly affect Pittsburgh’s betting odds in an MLB season abbreviated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Archer was the Pirates' best trade chip and could’ve been used to trade for younger talent in an effort to help the Pirates rebuild, or exchange an All-Star in hopes to shorten their +30000 odds to win the World Series.

With two starting pitchers out of the rotation, the Pirates don’t have the pitching depth to be competitive in the division. Listed at +8000 odds to win the NC Central, Archer’s absence won’t likely have a major impact overall.

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Nonetheless, not having Archer active will leave the Pirates in the basement of the National League and their division for another season (or more).

Win % for the 2020 MLB season - Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Over 42.5 -120
  • Under 42.5 +100

The Pirates weren’t a good team a season ago and are already down two of their starting pitchers heading into the upcoming season.

Take the +100 odds on the Pirates winning under 42.5% of their games this season, especially with a new manager taking over a rebuilding franchise.

The Pirates will lose a lot of games this season and most of the other NL Central teams improved their teams this offseason. With a team set to be at the bottom of the standings, Archer’s impact on the Pirates’ betting odds may have been missed at online sportsbooks, due to the already-subpar expectations.