The Cleveland Indians will be contenders once again in 2020 and actually open up with some respectable odds to win next year’s World Series.
Betting on the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series has not been a wise move at any point since 1948.
But there is always hope and the Indians are actually a realistic option to win it all in 2020.
According to The Action Network, the Indians have the seventh-best odds in 2020 at +1600. That is ahead of the Minnesota Twins, which is a sign that perhaps the Indians will open the year as AL Central favorites once again.
The Houston Astros remain the betting favorite, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, and Miami Marlins are all tied for the worst odds at +20000. Just a sad state of affairs for fans of those teams.
The Indians are a tough bet even without considering the title drought. The American League is still dominated by the Houston Astros until proven otherwise. Though as we saw in the World Series, anything is possible in October.
The team has these odds before making any offseason improvements. Actually making a move in free agency, like when the team signed Edwin Encarnacion, should only make the odds improve. Nothing will drastically change unless the Indians begin unloading talent this offseason. You know who I am talking about.
According to the odds, the AL Central is once again going to be a two-team race. The Chicago White Sox should provide some competition, but certainly won’t hang with the Indians and Twins for all 162 games. Then there are the Tigers and Royals who are just torturing their fans.
I would personally bet on the Indians for fun, though I would prefer to wait until March to see what moves the team makes. Putting money down only for the team to lose talent would be a very Cleveland move.