The biggest theme of MLB betting is ‘opportunity.’ That’s because teams usually play 162 games a year and on any given day from April to October there are up to 15 games to wager on. The 2020 MLB schedule is different as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a shortened 60-game regular season set to take place, but daily MLB wagering opportunities will still be available. This means if your MLB predictions get hot, you can really build up your bankroll quickly. It also means that if you have a not-so-great day at the sportsbook window, you can get right back on the horse the next day whereas, in the NFL for example, you have to wait nearly a week to get back into your picks.
MLB Schedule 2020
As with all major sports, the 2020 MLB schedule has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the best part of the first four months of the scheduled 2020, Baseball season lost due to the lockdown, the MLB and MLBPA finalized a return-to-play plan on June 23, with the teams’ reporting on July 1st and the MLB opening night 2020 set for July 23rd followed by MLB Opening Day 2020 on July 24.
The delayed start to the season is not the only change to the 2020 MLB schedule, with much of the season’s lost, a 60-game regular season with an expanded 16-team MLB postseason has been agreed upon.
The MLB playoffs expansion will feature 16 instead of the usual 10 teams, with the top two teams in each division earning an automatic berth to the MLB playoffs. The seventh and eighth teams in each league will be chosen from the best records remaining. With 16 teams instead of 10, there will be no one-game wild-card round this year, with the first round being best-of-3, followed by best-of-5 and best-of-7 rounds in the LCS and World Series.
Also, in order to limit travel distances, each team’s regular season will consist of playing their divisional opponents 10 times, with the rest of their 2020 MLB schedule against their geographic counterpart in the other league, for example, AL East vs NL east
While the current situation is fluid, and subject to change, MLB has outlined a season, right the way through to the 2020 World Series, and all of the key dates for the 2020 MLB schedule as they stand, can be seen below.
MLB 2020 Key Dates
- Jul. 1 – Teams report to camp
- Jul. 23 – MLB Opening Night 2020
- Jul. 24 – MLB Opening Day 2020
- Aug. 31 – MLB Trade Deadline – Players must be on a club’s roster by Sept. 15
- Sept. 27 – Final day of the MLB regular season
- Sept. 29 – MLB Playoffs 2020 begin
- Oct. 20 – 2020 World Series set to begin
- Oct. 28 – Potential World Series Game 7
Parity is such a thing in baseball with 162-games, in theory, the top teams should rise to the top, with only a 60-game regular season, injuries, poor form, and all other key factors in making our MLB picks and predictions could be exacerbated. In this shortened season our expert’s knowledge and analysis are as important as ever to successful wagering on the 2020 MLB season, so be sure to check out our MLB best bets for our top plays on today’s games.
Key Changes to the 2020 MLB Season
With the situation MLB and MLBPA have found themselves in, changes had to be made in order to get the MLB season 2020 up and running, those changes include the number of games, personnel, and include a few key rules changes that you must keep in mind when making your MLB Picks and Predictions throughout the 2020 MLB season.
The key Changes to the 2020 MLB Season can be seen below.
2020 MLB Key Change
- Roster Changes – 30-man roster for the first two weeks, 28 for the next two weeks, and 26 for the remainder of the season.
- Expanded Playoffs – The MLB announced on opening day that the 2020 season will see an expanded postseason with 16 teams instead of the usual 10-team one wildcard game format.
- Eligible Players – Teams will have 60 players eligible to play in 2020, 40 teams expect to play and can call upon the others who are under contract where necessary
- Extra Innings – During the MLB Regular Season only, the Minor League rule for extra innings will be in effect. That means every half-inning after the ninth will begin with a runner on second base, normal MLB extra innings rules apply for the postseason.
- Designated Hitter – The designated hitter will be used in both leagues despite being a part of the proposal rejected by players for the 2020 & 2021 seasons. It’s being used as part of the MLB’s health and safety protocols for the 2020 MLB season only.
- Suspended Matches – If a match is cut short due to weather before it becomes official (less than five innings), it will be continued rather than started from scratch at a later date.
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MLB 2020 Predictions
MLB 2020 Predictions will provide a different test with the shortened 2020 MLB season, and the reduction of games puts our in-depth research and expert analysis to an all-time level of importance with even more factors to consider ahead of our 2020 MLB predictions.
Our experts spend hours researching and analyzing all of the key information such as statistics, pitchers, team news, weather, travel, and more before making our MLB predictions for every game of the 2020 MLB season.
Even in a shortened 2020 MLB season, there are still 900 regular season matches, and an entire MLB postseason to breakdown, the level of detail required for long term wagering success is huge. That’s where our expert’s shine, we do the research so you don’t have to, bringing you a full game preview and the best free MLB predictions for every game of the 2020 season.
Free MLB Picks Moneyline
The most popular way to bet on MLB is via the Moneyline. This means games are basically handicapped based on each of the team’s starting pitchers. “Sure thing” pitchers such as Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw are going to cost you, often requiring a $200 or more wager to make $100 (-200). Finding an even pitching matchup or one of those stud pitchers that may be fatigued and going against them is the best way to make money in MLB betting. Our free MLB expert picks help you identify these profitable matchups for every game of the baseball season.
Free MLB Picks Against The Spread
The spread in baseball is known as ‘the run line’. Many bettors feel there isn’t as much value laying -200 on an all-star caliber pitcher because even elite pitchers can turn the game over to his bullpen who will subsequently blow the game and cost them the win. Therefore betting on the run line (-1.5 or +1.5) is a great way to find better MLB prices compared to the Moneyline. A Clayton Kershaw pick on the ML (win outright) for example might be -240 but betting that same game to win by 2 runs or more (run line) could be priced at -120. MLB run line betting works in the opposite way too. There are a lot of 1-run games in baseball and betting on a team +1.5 runs is a great way to string together wagering wins if you think teams can keep games close.
Free MLB Picks Totals
There’s no other sport where the stadiums and the weather are so crucial to the scoring as the MLB. This is why our free MLB picks on the totals see almost as much wagering from the public as the sides of a game.
The dimensions of the MLB parks are also different and need to be factored in when making your MLB predictions. Coors Field for example is located in the high altitude of Denver, Colorado which means it’s not unlikely to see scores similar to 11-8 three or four times a week. Minute Maid Park in Houston for example has a left-field wall that is just 315 feet from home plate compared to AT&T Park in San Francisco that has a right-center field alley of 421 feet.
Weather is a major factor when picking our MLB predictions today. The ball travels better on 92 degree Summer days in Arlington, Texas, or when the wind is blowing out to left field at 23 MPH at Wrigley Field in Chicago. So before you head to the window make sure you check the weather report to give your ticket the best chance of cashing.
Alternate Free MLB Expert Picks
There are numerous ways to have success betting on MLB. For example, if you are confident in a team’s starting pitching but have reservations on their bullpen and relievers, sportsbooks offer the first 5 innings lines.
Also if you are really confident in a particular matchup you can bet on alternate run lines or taking a team to win by -2.5 or even -3.5 runs with increasing payouts. Another fun way to essentially bet on all MLB games of the day at once is with a grand salami wager, in which you’re wagering on the over/under for total runs scored in all games on a given day. There’s plenty of fun to be had on a daily basis with our MLB predictions.
MLB Playoff Predictions
In addition to free daily MLB picks, we also provide insight into MLB playoffs betting. From wild card ‘play-in’ matchups to Game 7 of the World Series, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of October baseball. In the MLB playoffs, pitching rotations are shortened and home-field becomes an even bigger advantage but it’s important to make sure the lines reflect that. Our experts analyze every playoff game and give you their expert MLB predictions to help you make the best selections in the MLB Playoffs to finish off the season strongly and in profit.
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