The coronavirus pandemic has shut down Major League Baseball temporarily, but sportsbooks still have their 2020 MLB divisional odds posted. In the NL Central, the Cubs and Reds are currently tied as +200 favorites (risk $100 to win $200), but the Cardinals and Brewers are also viewed as serious threats, with St. Louis listed at +240 and Milwaukee at +550. Meanwhile, the Pirates are listed as serious long shots at +30000 in the latest 2020 NL Cental odds.
With the top four teams so tightly-clustered, this could be one of the most compelling divisional races of the season. Can new manager David Ross help turn around Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and the rest of the Cubs or will Jack Flaherty help lead the Cardinals to a second consecutive title? Before you make your 2020 MLB picks on who wins every division, be sure to check out the 2020 NL Central predictions and best bets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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The model’s top 2020 NL Central picks
The model says the Reds are dramatically overvalued at +200 in the latest 2020 NL Central odds and win the division in just 18.2 percent of simulations.
The public is justifiably excited about Cincinnati’s pitching staff, with Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and Anthony DeSclafani now joined by offseason signing Wade Miley, but this is still a team that won just 75 games in 2019 and finished 16 games back of the division winners.
Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama are strong additions to the lineup, but there’s still a lot of pressure on Eugenio Suarez to produce monster numbers in the middle of the order now that Joey Votto is a shell of himself offensively. And while his barrel rate was up from 9.7 percent to 14.0 percent from 2018 to 2019, his average exit velocity was down from 91.2 mph to 89.4 mph.
The Reds should show improvement, but with the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals all still in position to contend, it could be difficult for Cincinnati to close the gap and leapfrog all three teams.
How to make MLB divisional picks on 2020 NL Central odds
The model also says one team has a win probability that dramatically exceeds its implied odds. So before you scan the 2020 NL Central odds and make your 2020 MLB divisional picks, be sure to see it here.
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2020 NL Central odds