MLB Playoffs Predictions - World Series Betting Odds, ALCS and NLCS Odds, Preview, and Predictions

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

MLB Playoff Odds – World Series Betting Odds

And then there were four… it did not seem likely in the early stages of the regular season when the coronavirus was wreaking havoc on the 2020 Major League Baseball campaign, but the finish line is now in sight. The League Championship Series are here and the Fall Classic is somewhere between eight and 14 total games away.

It will be the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros battling for the American League pennant, while the National League is down to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Hopefully you have backed those four teams throughout your MLB playoffs betting, and there is probably a good chance that has been the case. After all, there is a lot to like about all four of these clubs. The Rays, Dodgers, and Braves have been outstanding from start to finish this season. Although the Astros actually compiled a losing record (29-31), their recent playoff experience had to be taken into account.

Houston has, in fact, heated up at just the right time. It swept Minnesota in two straight games and then took care of Oakland in four. By far the best series of the whole playoffs saw the Rays scrape past the AL East rival Yankees in five. In the National League, meanwhile, neither L.A. nor Atlanta has lost a single playoff game. Something’s gotta give between what are quite clearly the two best teams in the National League.

Of course, all four of these teams are talented enough to win it all. That is part of the reason why none has more than a +425 shot at doing so. Here are MLB playoff odds to win the World Series:

Los Angeles Dodgers +160
Tampa Bay Rays +210
Atlanta Braves +400
Houston Astros +425

MLB Series Odds – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros ALCS Odds

The Rays are -177 favorites to win the ALCS, while the Astros come in as +141 underdogs. Here are the exact series prices:

Rays 4-0: +650
Rays 4-1: +350
Rays 4-2: +400
Rays 4-3: +500
Astros 4-0: +2800
Astros 4-1: +1100
Astros 4-2: +600
Astros 4-3: +500

As for more ALCS odds, exactly six games being played in the series is a +200 favorite. In Game 1 of the ALCS on Sunday night in San Diego, the Rays are a -148 favorite.

MLB Series Odds – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves NLCS Odds

The Dodgers are -215 favorites to win the NLCS, while the Braves come in as +172 underdogs. Here are the exact series prices:

Dodgers 4-0: +650
Dodgers 4-1: +350
Dodgers 4-2: +350
Dodgers 4-3: +450
Braves 4-0: +2200
Braves 4-1: +1100
Braves 4-2: +700
Braves 4-3: +600

As for more NLCS odds, exactly six games being played in the series is a +195 favorite. In Game 1 of the NLCS on Monday night in Texas, the Dodgers are the -147 favorite.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros – American League Championship Series Predictions

This MLB series should be a fun one, as the Rays have been the best team in the American League the whole way this season while the Astros have been the best in the playoffs over the past three seasons (two World Series berths, one title). This is Houston’s fourth consecutive ALCS appearance. Although the pitching staff is different, the Astros’ potent lineup looks largely the same with the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer. If Zack Greinke and Framber Valdez can reliably anchor the rotation and match Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow pitch for pitch, the underdog should be able to give Tampa Bay all it can handle. Astros haters will be happy to hear that we are going with the Rays, but it is not going to be easy. Rays in seven.

For more MLB playoff predictions and ALCS predictions, check out our MLB picks page—where you can also find props and parlays for each day of action.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves – National League Championship Series Predictions

Let’s wrap up this batch of MLB playoff predictions with our NLCS picks. Can anyone stop the Dodgers? So far, the answer to that question is a resounding no. Nobody could stop them during the regular season (they went 43-17) and nobody has stopped them during the playoffs (they swept Milwaukee 2-0 and San Diego 3-0). The Braves’ perfect 5-0 postseason record includes sweeps of Cincinnati and Miami. These are two of the best lineups in baseball, but L.A. has an edge in pitching—mainly in terms of playoff experience—in Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. For Atlanta, Max Fried is the only pitcher still active who was part of the starting rotation at the beginning of the season. Ian Anderson has helped Atlanta overcome the loss of Mike Soroka (Achilles), but Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, and company can really expose Soroka’s absence. L.A. in six is the pick.

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