BetOnline just released their opening lines for 2020 MLB win totals, and the Braves are finally starting to receive some respect. After being the resident underdog the last two seasons, Atlanta is projected to finish with the most wins out of any NL East team. Vegas has their win total at 91.5 following the signing of Marcell Ozuna, which is the second-most in the National League behind the Dodgers, whose total is set at a whopping 98.5… I guess it pays to play in a weak division like the NL West.
Not far behind the Braves are the defending champions and their NL East rivals – the Washington Nationals. The pesky Nats’ total is set at 90.5, which is still pretty high, considering they had to say goodbye to arguably their best player, Anthony Rendon. But when you have a starting rotation like Washington does, you’re always going to have a chance to win a lot of games, so Vegas still expects them to challenge the Braves for the division.
A little further down on the list is the Mets. There total is set at 86.5 for the year, tied with the Chicago Cubs, and the Phillies are just behind them at 85.5.
#Rays pegged for 5th most wins per @betonline_ag opening over/under line:#Yankees 101½#Dodgers 98½#MnTwins 92½#Braves 91½#Rays 90½#Nationals 90½#Athletics 89½#RedSox 88½#StlCards 88½#Indians 87½#Cubs 86½#Mets 86½#Angels 85½#Phillies 85½#WhiteSox 84½#Dbacks 83½
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 23, 2020
Once again, the NL East projects as potentially the best division in baseball. At least three teams should finish over .500, if not four, and multiple will be pushing the 90-win mark. After Vegas has been burned in back-to-back years by the Braves taking the division, it’s nice to see some respect finally. Let’s just hope Atlanta can perform similarly when there are much higher expectations.