Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
2020 MLB Arizona Diamondbacks Win Total Odds and NL West Predictions
D-Backs Pegged for Winning Season Win Total in 2020
While the Los Angeles Dodgers garner all the attention and gambling action in the National League West, the Arizona Diamondbacks remain largely ignored, though recently profitable as the best of the rest in the West. Arizona has posted three consecutive winning seasons, two of which finished with nice profits on the MLB board. They advanced to the 2017 NLDS and have used solid pitching as the bedrock of their success.
Arizona will open the 2020 season projected to have the 19th highest payroll in the Bigs. When considering the question of whether or not the D-Backs will surpass the over under of 83.5 wins for the 2020 season the one factor that works in their favor is the division itself as only the Dodgers are noticeably superior.
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Win Total Betting Odds at BetMGM
83.5, -120 over, -110 under
Betting Odds provided by MGM (NJ only, T&C's Apply, 21+)
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Odds Overview
Although Arizona is not a popular team with squares, sharps have often found them to be an advantageous wagering value based on that very lack of public popularity. When you take into account that Arizona will have a disproportionate amount of games against such NL West weaklings as the Giants, Rockies, and Padres, it stands to figure that they rate a good chance at going over the 83.5 total for wins on the season.
Manager Torey Lovullo
It’s no accident that Arizona’s recent success coincides with Torey Lovullo being named as manager in 2017. He was justifiably named 2017 NL Manager of the Year when he led the D-Backs to a 24-game increase in wins and a post season berth. Lovullo was a Major League infielder from 1988 through 1999 and managed and coached in the minors after that. He is among the most respected managers in the game.
On the Hill
Left-hand starter Madison Bumgarner escaped Alcatraz, or make that the San Francisco Giants, to become the new projected number one starter in the D-Backs rotation for 2020. Bumgarner is 30 years old and somehow posted a 9-9 record and 3.90 earned run average on a horrible San Francisco club last year. “Mad-Bum” is a four-time NL All-Star and 2014 World Series MVP. Bumgarner has kept his ERA beneath 4.00 every season of a career that began in 2009.
Another left-hand starter, Robbie Ray, also figures to be a key component of Arizona’s hopes. Ray is a 2017 NL All-Star and a mainstay in the Diamondbacks rotation since 2015. Last year he was 12-8 with a 4.34 earned run average. Ray struck out 235 batters in 174.1 innings of work.
Closer Archie Bradley saved 18 games with a 4-5 record and 3.52 earned run average last year. Bradley struck out 87 batters in 71.2 innings of work. In his first full season as a closer he was an undeniable success.
At the Plate
Projected leadoff man and center fielder Starling Marte arrives from Pittsburgh and will be an important new asset in the Diamondbacks lineup. Marte is a 2016 NL All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner. Marte put up impressive 2019 numbers of 97 runs, 31 doubles, 23 home runs, 82 runs batted in, 25 stolen bases, .295 average, .503 slugging percentage, and .845 OPS.
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar is projected to hit third for Arizona, where he has played since 2018 after beginning his career with the Chicago White Sox followed by a seven-year run with the Minnesota Twins. Escobar is coming off a career year in 2019 with numbers of 94 runs, 29 doubles, 35 home runs, 118 runs batted in, .511 slugging percentage, and .831 OPS.
Another asset for Arizona coming off a career campaign is second baseman Ketel Marte, who was named a 2019 NL All-Star. Marte exploded for 97 runs, 36 doubles, 32 home runs, 92 runs batted in, .592 slugging percentage, and .981 OPS.
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Win Total Selection Summary
With Starling Marte joining Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte, the Diamondbacks will pack a punch at the plate and Madison Bumgarner will bring veteran stability on the hill. Considering recent form and the weak NL West, the Diamondbacks should clear 83.5 wins, at the very least, this season.
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