Major League Baseball is back. With the return of America’s pastime comes America’s second-favorite pastime, sports betting. It’s time to channel your inner Pete Rose and throw on your Black Sox hat and head on over to DraftKings, where there’s a special promo ready for Major League Baseball’s return on Thursday.
DraftKings will be running the Opening Weekend Homerun Boost special for Thursday and Friday’s opening games. Any 2019 All Star to hit a Homerun on MLB Opening Days 7/23-7/24 (eligible players listed below) gets you even odds (+100) for your wager.
First, head to DraftKings and click on the promo under the MLB tab. Following Opt-In, you’ll be issued one single-use Odds Boost for ‘Any 2019 All Star to hit a Homerun on MLB Opening Days. The original price was -10000. The boosted price is +100. Be sure to select the boost in your bet slip before placing the bet. There’s a limit of one qualifying bet per user. The Maximum bet is $25 and the boost expires at 7 PM ET on July 23rd. The promo excludes live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets, voided bets, and odds boosts. You must be in CO, PA, IN, IA, NJ, or WV to qualify.
Eligible Players: (Gary Sánchez, Carlos Santana, DJ LeMahieu, Alex Bregman, Jorge Polanco, Mike Trout, George Springer, Michael Brantley, Hunter Pence, James McCann, José Abreu, Daniel Vogelbach, Tommy La Stella, Brandon Lowe, Gleyber Torres, Matt Chapman, Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, Joey Gallo, Austin Meadows, Whit Merrifield, J.D. Martinez, Willson Contreras, Freddie Freeman, Ketel Marte, Nolan Arenado, Javier Báez, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, Ronald Acuña Jr., Yasmani Grandal, J.T. Realmuto, Pete Alonso, Josh Bell, Max Muncy, Mike Moustakas, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, Paul DeJong, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, Jeff McNeil).
DraftKings also has odds for the World Series, Pennant, Division, as well as Playoff odds, regular-season win totals, AL/NL MVP, HR Leader, Hits leader, and AL/NL CY Young. Let’s take a look at the odds of the MLB by division:
AL East Divisional Odds
White Sox +285
Red Sox +800
Blue Jays +2700
AL East Divisional Pick
With a focus on the AL East, all eyes are on the Yankees this season. They were winners of 100 games last season and now add Gerrit Cole to an already stacked roster. However, the Rays are an interesting and perhaps wiser choice for 2020. With the season cut down to 60 games, the variance of outcomes has increased, thus adding value to the Rays here at +350 to win the division.
The Rays have a roster loaded with breakout candidates and projects to have a powerful starting rotation. For the odds, given the circumstances surrounding the season, I like the Rays for the value here.