Three months later, the Dodgers still have the highest win total; it’s just a little lower.
Caesars Sportsbook reposted season win totals for baseball’s condensed season Thursday. The Dodgers, at 37, and the New York Yankees, at 36.5, are the only teams with win totals to open higher than 35.
Major League Baseball has announced plans to play a 60-game regular season that is expected to begin July 23 or July 24 and last until late September.
Jeff Davis, director of trading at Caesars, said the biggest adjustments his oddsmaking team made because of the shortened season was not setting the top teams’ win totals too high or the bottom teams’ win totals too low “given the smaller sample size.”
“We didn’t overthink it,” Davis told ESPN. “Pretty much all of the numbers are a reflection of what our numbers were when the pandemic hit.”
The Dodgers’ new total represents a slightly decreased win percentage — now .617 compared to .633 — and is equivalent to about 100 wins in a 162-game season.
Teams will play their four divisional opponents 10 times each and five interleague opponents in the same geographical area four games apiece.
Four of the five National League East teams opened with win totals in the 30s, led by the Atlanta Braves at 33 and followed by the defending champion Washington Nationals (32.5), New York Mets (32) and Philadelphia Phillies (31).
Teams must play a minimum of 59 games for season win-total bets to be valid, according to Caesars Sportsbook’s rules.