Whatever form the MLB season takes in 2020, the St. Louis Cardinals will likely play a major role. After making the NLCS last year, the Cardinals should be contending for a title once again in 2020.
However, Cardinals fans will be displeased to learn their World Series odds at FanDuel Sportsbook are not looking good. St. Louis is at +2300 to win the World Series, ninth-best overall and behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and New York Mets. That puts the Cardinals just ahead of the Oakland Athletics (+2500), Philadelphia Philies (+2500), and Chicago Cubs (+2800).
While the Cardinals have the best odds of any team in the NL Central, that will be of little comfort as the implied probability of +2300 is a paltry 4.2%. The reasoning behind that price likely centers around the Cardinals' inability to make major offseason moves and a competitive division race that will only be tighter with a shortened regular season. Even the prospect of additional playoff games isn't enough.
Still, for a young team that won 91 games last year and made the NLCS, you'd expect to see more respect from oddsmakers and bettors. With a new core that features Jack Flaherty, Tommy Edman, Giovanny Gallegos and other breakout stars, the Cardinals could continue to be a dangerous playoff team, as we saw last season.
The Cardinals may see some decline from Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Wainwright, and Yadier Molina, who were all key members of last year's success, but they have significant bench depth and can call on a few prospects once the season gets underway.
Overall, the Cardinals seem undervalued at +2300 given their track record and the talent they have.
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