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Breaking down betting splits for 2020 World Series

The Yankees have been the most popular World Series bet since June 21, but the Mets are right behind them.

Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Steinbrenner Field on February 24, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

MLB is planning to begin its abbreviated 60-game season in late July after having its year delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. DraftKings Sportsbook has broken down the public’s baseball betting splits since June 21, and we’ll go over what teams are leading the way here.

The New York Yankees haven’t won a World Series in a decade and have the second best odds to win a title this year at +400. They lead the league with 18 percent of the handle on World Series bets since June 21 and also lead all teams with 14 percent of the total bets. Bettors are big on New York options, as the team with the second largest percentage of the handle on championship bets is also in the Big Apple.

The Mets have 14 percent of the handle on World Series bets and 7 percent of the total bets. despite having the eighth best odds (+2000) to win it all at the book. The Colorado Rockies (+15000) are longshots at (+15000), but are in a tie with the mets for second in percentage of total bets. Colorado commands 6 percent of the handle on World Series bets since late June, but so do the Cincinnati Reds (+2500) and Chicago Cubs (+2200). Surprisingly enough, the favored Los Angeles Dodgers (+375) have only accounted for 4 percent of the handle and 6 percent of the total bets in the last month.

Ace pitchers should be on the mound more frequently than usual in this shortened season, and that could be what’s caused the Dodgers to receiver a smaller percentage of bets. The Yankees have acquired Gerrit Cole from the Houston Astros while the Mets will likely depend on two-time National League Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. The Dodgers will be looking to find balance between an aging Clayton Kershaw who often deals with injuries, and the up-and-coming Walker Buehler.

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