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Way-too-early odds on Rays winning 2020 World Series: 20-1

Yes, Game 7 of the 2019 World Series won’t be played until tonight. But some online oddsmakers are getting a head start.
Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche (38) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche (38) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Oct. 30

First, let’s all agree it’s way too early for this.

The 2019 season won’t be over until tonight’s climactic Game 7 between the Nationals and Astros.

An entire winter of free agency and trades is still to come, which will shape the future direction of quite a few teams.

Some are still working on their infrastructure, with two looking to hire GMs and four without managers.

That said, a couple of the online oddsmakers came out today with their opening lines for who will win the 2020 World Series.

And the initial take is that they have somewhat 2020 vision for the Rays, who are listed at 20-1 coming off a season in which they won the second AL wild-card spot and took the Astros to a fifth and deciding game in the division series.

Here is what betonline.ag has put out:

Houston Astros 5/1

New York Yankees 8/1

Washington Nationals 8/1

Boston Red Sox 12/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 12/1

Milwaukee Brewers 14/1

New York Mets 14/1

Atlanta Braves 16/1

Cleveland Indians 16/1

Minnesota Twins 16/1

Chicago Cubs 20/1

Tampa Bay Rays 20/1

Colorado Rockies 25/1

Philadelphia Phillies 25/1

St Louis Cardinals 25/1

Cincinnati Reds 33/1

Los Angeles Angels 33/1

Oakland Athletics 33/1

San Francisco Giants 33/1

San Diego Padres 40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1

Chicago White Sox 50/1

Kansas City Royals 50/1

Seattle Mariners 50/1

Texas Rangers 50/1

Miami Marlins 100/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1

Toronto Blue Jays 100/1

Detroit Tigers 150/1

Baltimore Orioles 250/1

And here is what sportsbetting.ag has put out:

Houston Astros 5/1

New York Yankees 8/1

Washington Nationals 8/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 12/1

Boston Red Sox 12/1

Milwaukee Brewers 14/1

New York Mets 14/1

Atlanta Braves 16/1

Cleveland Indians 16/1

Minnesota Twins 16/1

Chicago Cubs 20/1

Tampa Bay Rays 20/1

Colorado Rockies 25/1

Philadelphia Phillies 25/1

St. Louis Cardinals 25/1

Los Angeles Angels 33/1

Oakland Athletics 33/1

San Francisco Giants 33/1

Cincinnati Reds 33/1

San Diego Padres 40/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1

Texas Rangers 50/1

Chicago White Sox 50/1

Kansas City Royals 50/1

Seattle Mariners 50/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1

Toronto Blue Jays 100/1

Miami Marlins 100/1

Detroit Tigers 150/1

Baltimore Orioles 250/1

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