Why MLB Bettors Shouldn’t Sleep On These 3 Teams To Make The Playoffs

  • The Oakland Athletics have +3300 odds to win the 2020 World Series.
  • The Los Angeles Angels had a 72-90 record last season.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers have +1400 odds to win the National League Pennant.

MILWAUKEE – The 2020 MLB season is underway as teams across the league began their preseason spring training games this week.

As teams look to build some momentum and chemistry before the start of the regular season. With Opening Day approaching online sportsbooks have posted MLB Playoff Special props for every team in baseball. This gives bettors the opportunity to bet on whether a team will make the playoffs or not regardless of their record on the season.

There are three teams with underdog MLB odds that should be expected to make the playoffs this year. Those three teams are the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, and the Oakland Athletics.

Milwaukee Brewers (+2500 World Series Odds)

2019 Record: 89-73

Make Playoffs in 2020

  • Yes (+250)
  • No (-300)

Winner: Yes (+250), The Milwaukee Brewers made the playoffs in 2019 but were without their best player and reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich. Who missed the final month of the regular season and postseason with a fractured kneecap. The Brewers finished the 2019 season with a winning record and still made the playoffs.

Yelich is expected to be back at full health this season which means the Brewers will once again be one of the best teams in the National League. This is why the +250 odds on the Brew Crew to make the playoffs this year should be taken with confidence.

The only threat to the Brewers in their division will be the St. Louis Cardinals but even they shouldn’t stop Milwaukee from at least claiming a Wild Card spot just like last year.

Los Angeles Angels (+2500 World Series Odds)

2019 Record: 72-90

Make Playoffs in 2020

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  • Yes (+180)
  • No (-220)

Winner: Yes (+180), The Los Angeles Angels are under new management this season with former Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon taking over.

Maddon coming in should improve the Angels in every way possible and they’re expected to post a better record this season than the 72-90 mark they had a year ago.

Maddon has taken the Cubs and Rays to the World Series and with three-time AL MVP Mike Trout still on the Angels roster, the turnaround should be quick in his first season. The Angles still need to fix their pitching woes but once those issues are addressed the +180 odds on the team to make the playoffs are almost a sure bet.

But expect LA to be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot as the Houston Astros may run away with the AL West by September.

Oakland Athletics (+3300 World Series Odds)

2019 Record: 97-65

Make Playoffs in 2020

  • Yes (+125)
  • No (-145)

Winner: Yes (+125), the Oakland A’s clinched a wild card spot last season and were one of the teams that took the MLB by surprise last year. Now that teams know who the A’s are, they’ll likely get every team's best effort which may result in a slight drop in their wins.

However, Oakland should be able to cling on to a Wild Card spot just like they did last year in what should be a very competitive American League race.

Take the +125 odds on Oakland making the playoffs for the third straight season because that’s where the profit lies and the Athletics are one of the more underrated teams in the MLB.