MLB Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – July 14th Edition

MLB Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – July 14th Edition

Major League Baseball is ten days away from its first couple of games of the season. Check out what happening in MLB with our Major League Baseball update!

MLB Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – July 14th Edition

2020 Major League Baseball Season

  • When: July 23 through September 27
  • Where: Various Venues

2020 World Series Futures

  • New York Yankees +400
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +325
  • Houston Astros +1000
  • Atlanta Braves +1800
  • St. Louis Cardinals +2200
  • Minnesota Twins +1800
  • Washington Nationals +1800
  • New York Mets +2000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +3000
  • L.A. Angels +2400
  • Boston Red Sox +4500
  • Cleveland Indians +2400
  • Chicago Cubs +2200
  • Tampa Bay Rays +2200
  • Oakland Athletics +2500
  • Cincinnati Reds +2500
  • Milwaukee Brewers +4500
  • Chicago White Sox +2400
  • San Diego Padres +4000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +6000
  • Texas Rangers +8000
  • Toronto Blue Jays +8000
  • Colorado Rockies +18000
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +30000
  • San Francisco Giants +15000
  • Seattle Mariners +30000
  • Baltimore Orioles +50000
  • Detroit Tigers +50000
  • Kansas City Royals +20000
  • Miami Marlins +50000

List of MLB Players who won’t participate in the 2020 MLB Regular Season

Before getting to the update, check out a list of players who won’t hit the diamond for the 2020 season due to Covid-19 concerns.

  • Pitcher Mike Leake – Arizona Diamondbacks
  • First baseman Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
  • Pitcher Joe Ross – Washington Nationals
  • Outfielder Ian Desmond – Colorado Rockies
  • Pitcher Tyson Ross – Free agent
  • Catcher Wellington Castillo – Washington Nationals
  • Pitcher David Price – L.A. Dodgers
  • Pitcher Felix Hernandez – Atlanta Braves
  • Outfielder Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves
  • Pitcher Hector Noesi – Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Catcher Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  • Pitcher Michael Koepech – Chicago White Sox

Summer Camps underway in MLB

Should we call it Summer Training? Major League Baseball teams are in the midst of their summer camps. In ten days, the Washington Nationals battle the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Those two games open the 2020 MLB Regular Season.

Baseball is back! That effectively means that U.S. sports is back. We got more info on how the regular season will play out. Last week, MLB released the schedule.

Unless there’s a lot of positives that derails the season, this is what should happen.

  • Each squad plays 10 games versus the teams in their division. That means, 40 of the 60 MLB regular season games will be “in-division” matchups
  • The other 20 games are interleague battles against teams from the corresponding division. For example, the Dodgers will play the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in the AL West
  • 6-of-20 interleague games will involve natural AL versus NL rivals. The Cubs play the White Sox 6 times. The Yankees play the Mets 6 times

The schedule favors teams like the Dodgers and Minnesota Twins. The Twins get to play Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, and the Kansas City Royals 40 times. Unless Cleveland suddenly gets awesome overnight, the Twins should win the AL Central.

The Dodgers battle Arizona, Colorado, San Diego, and the Giants 40 times. None of the teams in the NL West are as good as the L.A. Dodgers. Heck, few teams in MLB can hang with the Dodgers.

Postseason follow similar MLB Season format

The 2020 Major League Baseball Postseason will follow the same format from last year. The NL and AL will have a couple of wildcard teams.

The two wildcard teams will battle in a one game playoff. The winner advances to face the top seed in their respective league. The other two division winners play each other to see who advances to the championship series.

Don’t forget that the first MLB games are on July 23. That’s 10-days away. From then on, it’s baseball every day until the playoffs.

Get your Major League Baseball handicapping hats on. Baseball is back!