World Series Futures Betting In Michigan

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It doesn’t get much better than October baseball, Major League Baseball‘s postseason, and the Fall Classic, otherwise known as the World Series. Unless, of course, you’re talking about betting on the World Series, which you can now do at legal and regulated sportsbooks right here in Michigan.

Michigan sportsbooks are taking baseball futures bets on every MLB team to win the next World Series.

That means single-game MLB moneyline, run line, totals, and prop betting are spreading across Michigan fast. Plus, MLB futures now allow you to bet on any team you like to win the World Series right here in Michigan, from the offseason, through the preseason and regular season, and well into the MLB postseason.

Read on to find out everything you’ll ever need to know about betting on the World Series in Michigan, including how and where to bet online, and the latest 2020 World Series odds.


How to bet on the World Series

Once the World Series starts, there are all kinds of ways you can bet on it right here in Michigan. This includes moneyline, run line, total and team, and player prop wagering for every single World Series game. Bets on the series as a whole and series-based prop betting are available as well.

However, you don’t have to wait for October to bet on the World Series. Michigan sportsbooks allow betting on MLB futures markets starting in the offseason, running through spring training and the regular season, and into the MLB postseason, up until the World Series is set.

What are World Series futures?

World Series futures are the bets you can make at Michigan sportsbooks on any team to win the World Series during the offseason, spring training, regular season, and MLB postseason.

You can pick any team you like to win the World Series, and you’ll book that bet at currently posted moneyline odds. Those odds might change for future betting alongside a team’s chances of winning the World Series, but you’ll lock in the odds at the time you place the bet.

Teams out of contention will drop off the board. The odds will shrink on the true contenders as the season continues until just the two World Series teams remain.

How World Series futures odds work

Michigan sportsbooks will post the odds on all 30 teams to win the World Series during the offseason.

Oddsmakers base these odds on last season’s stats and standings, future projections, the impact of significant offseason roster changes, and team history. The odds may be adjusted through spring training based on real-life performance, injuries, and how they might impact the regular-season performance of each team.

The World Series futures odds are adjusted even further throughout the regular season based on real-life performance, current standings, and significant injuries and roster moves. Teams that play their way out of contention will drop off the board throughout the season driving the odds on the real contenders down even further.

Finally, the postseason starts and the odds are adjusted heavily based on game and series wins and losses, all the way up until the American and National League Championship series are over. At that point, the World Series futures market becomes simply the World Series betting market with just two teams left to bet on.

How the MLB Playoffs work

Normally, all 30 MLB teams play 162 regular-season games and the top five teams in each the National and American Leagues earn spots in the MLB postseason. This includes the three division winners and the two teams with the best records outside of the division winners in each league.

The MLB postseason starts in October and includes four rounds starting with the Wild Card games. These games pit the two teams in each league with the best records outside of the division winners against each other in a single-elimination game.

The winners then face the top team in each league in the Division Series. The other two division winners also take each other on in the Division Series. These series follow a best-of-fiveformat.

The winners then face off in the best-of-seven game Championship Series. Finally, the winners of the American League and National League Championships face one another in the World Series, which also follows a best-of-seven format.

The 2020 MLB season was postponed before it could start on March 26, 2020.

However, in July 2020 MLB released a revised and shortened 60-game 2020 schedule for each team.

The season will start on July 23, 2020, and play through Sept. 27. A conventional postseason is then scheduled to start on Sept. 29. The World Series will begin on Oct. 20, with a potential Game 7 on Oct. 28.

Michigan Sportsbooks will offer a full slate of MLB betting markets for every game throughout the regular season and the MLB postseason. Plus, World Series futures bets will be offered for the 2020 season and beyond.

2020 World Series favorites

Most sportsbooks have made the following three teams the favorites to contend for the 2020 World Series:

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the preseason favorite to win the 2020 World Series at most sportsbooks. The team made several improvements over the offseason, including acquiring now-former Boston Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts.

LA now has MLB’s deepest roster and three MVP candidates, adding Betts to star outfielder Cody Bellinger and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

It has been 31 years since the Dodgers won a World Series, but they are a legitimate threat to do it in 2020.

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees signed away one of the star pitchers from the team that beat them in the American League Championship Series last season.

Adding now-former Houston Astro Gerrit Cole instantly made New York another favorite to win the 2020 World Series at most sportsbooks. The same potent offense and a stellar bullpen that got them to the brink of the 2019 World Series is back and better, making the Yankees a legitimate contender again this season.

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros were punished for employing an elaborate sign-stealing scheme over the offseason. However, the front office, GM, and manager took the blame, leaving the roster mostly intact.

Gerrit Cole is now a Yankee, but MVP candidate Alex Bregman and ace Justin Verlander are still Astros, leading a team that has to be considered another preseason favorite to win the 2020 World Series at most sportsbooks.

Houston is attempting to win its third AL pennant in four years and they have a legitimate chance to put the cheating scandal behind them and do it.

Contenders to win American League pennant

For all the reasons listed above, the New York Yankees and now former Houston Astro star pitcher Gerrit Cole, and the still-mostly-intact-despite-the-scandal Houston Astros are the favorites to win the American League.

However, the Minnesota Twins are also a legitimate AL pennant contender in 2020.

The 2019 Twins won the AL Central division last season after setting the MLB record for home runs as a team (307). They entered the playoffs as the three seed and were swept by the New York Yankees in the Division Series, extending their playoff losing streak to an MLB-record 16 games.

They added third baseman Josh Donaldson and a bunch of pitching to help them get back to the postseason and end that streak in 2020.

The Twins might not hit as many home runs with first baseman C.J. Cron and second baseman Jonathan Schoop now in Detroit, but they should contend in the AL again.

Contenders to win National League pennant

By adding superstar Mookie Betts to a roster that already includes MVP candidates Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the National League in 2020.

However, the Atlanta Braves and 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals are legitimate contenders for the NL pennant as well.

The Braves fell apart against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series last season. Then they lost third baseman Josh Donaldson and outfielder Nick Markakis heading into the shortened 2020 season.

However, they added power hitter Yasiel Puig to a roster that is still good enough to contend.

The Nationals are still the champs until someone else wins the World Series. However, they will be trying to repeat without star third baseman Anthony Rendon, who signed with the LA Angels, and “Mr. Franchise” Ryan Zimmerman, who has opted out of the season.

They should contend with ace Stephen Strasburg under a new seven-year deal. Plus, Howie Kendrick returns after playing the hero in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series with a seventh-inning home run that truly turned the Nationals fortunes around.

World Series futures betting tips

The World Series futures market presents a unique betting opportunity for everyone from casual sports fans betting for the first time to experienced handicappers who follow MLB religiously.

If you find yourself a part of the former group and are considering betting in the World Series futures market this season, consider the following:

  • Bet early: The earlier you book a World Series futures bet, the better the odds tend to be. As the MLB season goes on and the contenders separate themselves for the pretenders, the odds on the teams with a realistic chance of making the MLB postseason tend to shrink. They shrink even further the closer the World Series gets. All that means you’re almost always better off betting in the World Series futures market as early as you can.
  • Bet with yourself: If you have a team you like in the MLB World Series futures market, it makes sense to bet that team in other MLB futures markets as well. You can spread your money around a little, betting that team to make the postseason, win its division, or the AL or NL pennant. You’ll increase your profits if they accomplish all this and win the World Series. Plus, you might even make a profit if they fall just short of a World Series title.

NL vs. AL World Series wins

The American League Champions and National League Champions have met in the World Series 115 times. So far the AL champs have won 66 and the NL champs 49.

No team has won more World Series titles than the American League’s New York Yankees, who have won the World Series a whopping 27 times. However, the last Yankees World Series win was in 2009.

The only other team with ten or more World Series wins is the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, who have 11. The Cardinals last won the World Series in 2011.

The AL’s Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox each have nine World Series wins.

Only 24 teams have ever won the World Series, half from the AL and half from the NL. Of that group, 20 teams have won multiple World Series titles, again, half from the AL and half from the NL.

That means the Yankees’ massive World Series win total makes all the difference in the AL vs. NL World Series win total statistic.

TeamLeagueAppearancesSeries Wins
New York Yankees AL 40 27
St. Louis CardinalsNL1911
Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox AL 13 9
San Francisco Giants NL208
Los Angeles Dodgers NL20 6
Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates AL 75
Detroit Tigers AL 114
Chicago Cubs NL 113
Atlanta Braves NL 93
Baltimore Orioles AL 73
Minnesota Twins AL63
Chicago White Sox AL53
Philadelphia Phillies NL72
Cleveland IndiansAL62
New York Mets NL52
Kansas City RoyalsAL42
Miami Marlins NL22
Toronto Blue Jays AL22
Houston Astros NL31
Washington Nationals NL11
Los Angeles Angels AL11
Arizona Diamondbacks NL11

All-Time World Series Champions

The New York Yankees have won the most World Series titles at 27. That equals 23.4% of all the World Series played and 40.9% of the World Series wins posted by the American League.

The Yankees have appeared in 40 World Series. The team’s 27 wins give them a 67.5% World Series winning percentage in the years they have appeared. No other team is even close to the Yankees when it comes to World Series wins. It would take more than two decades of consecutive World Series wins for any team to catch them at this point.

Beginning in the 1920s, the Yankees won two or more World Series in every decade except the 1980s and the 2010s. They were shut out in those two decades. However, they won at least one American League pennant in every decade from the 1920s until the 2010s.

The Yankees are the only team ever to have won five consecutive World Series. They did that from 1949 to 1953. They are also the only team ever to have won four consecutive World Series. They managed that from 1936 to 1939.

The Yankees also won three consecutive World Series from 1998 to 2000. The Oakland Athletics are the only other team to have done that. They did it from 1972 to 1974.

Add it up and the New York Yankees are far and away the All-Time World Series Champions.

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World Series Betting FAQ

Where can I bet on the World Series?

Michigan’s first retail sportsbooks launched inside Detroit’s three commercial casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel, and MotorCity Casino Hotel, in early 2020.

Several sports betting sites have launched in 2020 and accept bets on futures. Additional sportsbooks will go live before the 2021 World Series, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

What types of futures bets can I make on MLB?

The World Series futures market is by far the most popular, but there are some MLB futures you can also bet on. The list includes:

  • Regular-season team win totals
  • Division champions
  • Wild card teams
  • To make the playoffs
  • AL and NL pennant winners
  • MLB Awards including AL and NL MVP and CY Young
  • Award winners
  • Player futures including regular-season stats leaders

Where is the World Series in 2020?

The World Series is played in the home ballparks of the American and National League Champions. That means we won’t know where exactly the World Series will take place until two teams emerge as American and National League Champions.

Home-field advantage is awarded to the league championship team with the best regular-season win-loss record of the two. That means Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be hosted by the team with the best record and the other team will host Games 3, 4, and 6.

What is the significance of the 1919 World Series?

The 1919 World Series featured the Black Sox Scandal, involving charges against several members of the Chicago White Sox and various gamblers for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series games.

The underdog Cincinnati Reds beat the heavily favored White Sox to win the best-of-nine World Series five games to three. Two years later, eight players from the White Sox were banned from baseball for allegedly fixing the series even though they were acquitted of any criminal charges.

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