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Nationals Being Disrespected by 2020 World Series Odds

Tristan Jung
The Washington Nationals do not have great World Series odds.
The Washington Nationals do not have great World Series odds. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

For a team that won the World Series last year, the Washington Nationals sure aren't being respected in the 2020 World Series odds. While a team hasn't won repeat titles since the legendary New York Yankees teams of the late 1990s, the Nationals are not being given much of a chance by the oddsmakers.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Nationals are tied for sixth-favorite to win the World Series at +1700. That is an implied probability of just 5.9%, which is rather astonishing considering they are coming off a stunning run in the MLB playoffs.

While the Nationals have lost Anthony Rendon to the Los Angeles Angels, the team's talented pitching staff and many of its young superstars are only set to get better. 21-year-old Juan Soto is an MVP candidate, and the lineup has other productive bats like Trea Turner and Adam Eaton. With Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin, the Nationals have one of the best rotations in the National League that will be a nightmare to face in any playoff series.

While the Nationals are certainly weaker than they were last season, the 60-game season and expanded playoffs should offer them several advantages. We've already seen their ability to catch fire in the playoffs, and there's little reason to believe that couldn't happen again.

In betting odds, Washington is behind the Minnesota Twins (+1600) and Atlanta Braves (+1400) and also tied with the Tampa Bay Rays, three teams that recently showed their pitching staffs were unable to win them much in the postseason. While it's fair for odds to be in favor of the New York Yankees (+400) and Los Angeles Dodgers (+380), it's hard to say that the Nationals are any worse than their immediate competition. Even with more holistic stats like run differential show that Washington was significantly better than the Braves and Twins last season.

The Nationals will get a chance to prove the doubters wrong when the season finally starts around July 23 or 24th. The players should start returning to camps on July 1.

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