League Championship Odds: +1000
If we break it down from there, the Rays currently sit with the fourth-best odds in the American League at taking home the pennant. To do so they’ll have to go through some tough clubs like their division-rival Yankees who had a big offseason with the acquisition of the most dominant pitcher in the league Gerrit Cole.
The Astros, despite the sign-stealing scandal this offseason, still boast an elite lineup and pitching staff that’s going to be a nightmare for opposing teams.
Then there’s the other surprise playoff team from last year who set the record for most home runs in a season, the Minnesota Twins (who also added former league MVP Josh Donaldson to an already formidable power-hitting lineup).
World Series Odds: +2200
The Rays chances at bringing a championship to St. Pete are relatively decent. At +2200, that’s currently the ninth-best odds in the entire league. It’s not terrible but it presents a very good value for a team with three potential Cy Young candidates at the head of their rotation.
Out of all these odds, the safest play here for me is the over on the win total. Currently, at 91.5, I think that’s a great value. You could also throw something down on them winning the division despite the Yankees being there. While not the huge payroll monster that the Yankees are, this Rays’ team has a ton of talent and is plenty capable of potentially winning 100 plus games which is probably what it’s going to take in order to slay the giant that is the Yanks.
Do you think the Rays are a good bet in 2020?