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Odds to Win MLB The Show 20 Players League – Blake Snell Opens as Favorite

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Apr 10, 2020 · 1:07 PM PDT

Blake Snell about to deliver pitch
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell is the betting favorite to defeat Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox in the MLB The Show Players League Championship. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr).
  • Following the lead of the NFL and NBA, MLB will be conducting an MLB The Show tournament
  • The tournament will include 30 big-league players and begins on Friday (Apr. 10)
  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell is the +550 favorite. Should Snell be the betting chalk?

First it was the NFL, followed by the NBA, and now, MLB is going to put on a show for fans hard-up to see some action on the diamond.

Baseball’s powers-that-be have commissioned an MLB The Show video game tournament that will feature 30 players, one from each MLB team. The action is slated to get underway Friday, April 10, at 8:00 PM ET.

The NFL staged an eight-player Madden tournament that was won by Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James. A 16-player NBA 2K20 tournament is ongoing.

Odds were given on both of those events, and sportsbooks have betting lines for all 30 entrants in the MLB The Show tourney.

Odds to Win MLB The Show 2020 Tournament

Player Team Odds
Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays +550
Amir Garrett Cincinnati Reds +600
Trevor May Minnesota Twins +600
Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants +1200
Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox +2000
Ian Happ Chicago Cubs +2000
Lance McCullers Jr Houston Astros +2000
Ty Buttrey Los Angeles Angels +2000
Gavin Lux Los Angeles Dodgers +2000
Jeff McNeill New York Mets +2000
Tommy Kahnle New York Yankees +2000
Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies +1200
Juan Soto Washington Nationals +2000
Jon Duplantier Arizona Diamondbacks +3500
Luke Jackson Atlanta Braves +2000
Dwight Smith Jr Baltimore Orioles +2000
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox +3500
Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians +3500
David Dahl Colorado Rockies +3500
Niko Goodrum Detroit Tigers +3500
Brett Phillips Kansas City Royals +3500
Ryne Stanek Miami Marlins +3500
Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers +2000
Jesus Luzardo Oakland Athletics +3500
Cole Tucker Pittsburgh Pirates +3500
Fernando Tatis Jr San Diego Padres +3500
Carl Edwards Jr Seattle Mariners +3500
Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals +3500
Joey Gallo Texas Rangers +3500
Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays +3500

Odds taken April 10th.

Oddsmakers have established Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell as the +550 favorite to win. Surprisingly, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett, who beat Snell 2-1 in a four-player MLB The Show tournament conducted in late March, is the co-second-favorite at +600 along with Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor May

Snell and Garrett will square off in the first game of the competition on Friday. The game will be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/classiclyfamous.

Both the NFL and NBA video game competitions benefitted COVID-19 related charities. The MLB The Show event will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Canada and the USA in each of the 30 team’s communities. Talks are underway with ESPN to carry some of the games live.

How MLB The Show Tourney Will Work

Both the NFL and NBA went with single-elimination formats similar to March Madness. But baseball isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. This is the approach that will be taken during this competition.

Each team will face each other once in a round-robin 29-game season to be contested over the next three weeks. All players will compete as their own MLB team. Games will be three innings in length.

At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams will qualify for the postseason. Ultimately, a virtual World Series champion will be crowned.

Small Sample Size

Garrett deployed his virtual self to post the save as his Reds defeated Snell’s Rays to win the four-player, single-elimination MLB The Show competition conducted last month.

May and Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants also participated and are also entered in this event.

Why give Snell the edge when he lost previously to Garrett? Perhaps the oddsmakers are taking into account the longer schedule, combined with knowledge that the Rays were 96-66 and a playoff team last season. The Reds went 75-87 and finished fourth in the National League Central.

May is also playing with a regning playoff team in the defending AL Central champion Twins.

Betting The Show

Eleven of the players involved are former All Stars. Five own World Series rings.

Both of last year’s World Series teams, the champion Washington Nationals (Juan Soto) and the runner-up Houston Astros (Lance McCullers Jr) are +2000 longshots. One question must be asked, of course: did the game’s creators include a cheat code for the Astros?

Perhaps the most telling stat is that eight players in the competition are under the age of 25. The average age of video game users tends to skew younger. Both Snell (23) and Garrett (24) fit this demographic and are avid MLB The Show players.

If you’re seeking a price, maybe look at Gavin Lux (21) and the Los Angeles Dodgers at +2000.

Pick: Blake Snell (+550)

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