Like the NBA, with the NBA 2K tournament before it, Major League Baseball has created its own MLB The Show league. Professional MLB players will be pitted against each other in what promises to be an esports spectacle.
Sportsbooks are already offering odds, so if you are thinking about betting on this MLB esports tournament, here is what you need to know.
MLB Goes Virtual with MLB The Show
Based on the long-running MLB video game series by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the MLB The Show tournament was conceived as a charity event. Professional players will be playing against each other in an effort to win the $25,000 prize the winner will donate to charity.
Additionally, each of the players participating in the MLB The Show League will receive a $5,000 donation. The prize money, which totals up to $175,000, will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the cities where the players’ teams are from.
MLB The Show league will be played out over three weeks with 29 games in total. Each game will last for three innings and both the division and the championship games will be best of three. Finally, the World Series will be a best of five.
A total of 30 players will participate in the tournament, divided into six divisions. Here is what the divisions will look like:
|Bo Bichette (Blue Jays)|
|Dwight Smith Jr. (Orioles)|
|Blake Snell (Rays)|
|Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox)|
|Tommy Kahnle (Yankees)|
|Carlos Santana (Indians)|
|Brett Phillips (Royals)|
|Niko Goodrum (Tigers)|
|Trevor May (Twins)|
|Lucas Giolito (White Sox)|
|Ty Buttrey (Angels)|
|Lance McCullers (Astros)|
|Jesús Luzardo (A’s)|
|Carl Edwards Jr. (Mariners)|
|Joey Gallo (Rangers)|
|Luke Jackson (Braves)|
|Ryne Stanek (Marlins)|
|Jeff McNeil (Mets)|
|Juan Soto (Nationals)|
|Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)|
|Josh Hader (Brewers)|
|Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)|
|Ian Happ (Cubs)|
|Cole Tucker (Pirates)|
|Amir Garrett (Reds)|
|Jon Duplantier (D-backs)|
|Gavin Lux (Dodgers)|
|Hunter Pence (Giants)|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres)|
|David Dahl (Rockies)|
Where to Watch MLB The Show
The MLB has made the event widely available, so people interested in watching will have multiple ways to tune in. All of the MLB social media accounts will be broadcasting the event live, so anyone can watch the full MLB The Show league for free. Fans can also tune in through live streams on YouTube and Twitch. You can find the full schedule and the links to the live streams on the official MLB website.
How to Bet on MLB The Show
Select sportsbooks are accepting wagers on this MLB esports tournament. Here’s a slice of the current betting lines for MLB The Show division and outright winners:
|AL West Winner:|
|Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers)||-500|
|Lance McCullers Jr. (Houston Astros)||+800|
|Ty Buttrey (Los Angeles Angels)||+1100|
|Carl Edwards Jr. (Seattle Mariners)||+1400|
|Jesus Luzardo (Oakland Athletics)||+1400|
|NL Central Winner:|
|Amir Garrett (Cincinnati Reds)||-150|
|Josh Hader (Milwaukee Brewers)||+350|
|Cole Tucker (Pittsburgh Pirates)||+600|
|Ian Happ (Chicago Cubs)||+800|
|Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals)||+1100|
|MLB The Show 2020 Winner:|
|Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays)||+550|
|Amir Garrett (Cincinnati Reds)||+600|
|Trevor May (Minnesota Twins )||+600|
|Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants)||+1200|
|Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies)||+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|
|Juan Soto (Washington Nationals)||+2000|
|Luke Jackson (Atlanta Braves)||+2000|
|Dwight Smith Jr (Baltimore Orioles)||+2000|
How to Bet on Esports
Since this is an MLB esports event, you might be uncertain as to how you actually bet on esports. Well, you will be relieved to hear that esports betting is, actually, pretty much the same as traditional sports betting.
All you need to do is register with an online sportsbook – the choices are similar to betting on baseball – find the MLB esports tournament, make your selection, and place a bet. You should be able to find the MLB The Show league either under the Esports or the Baseball tab. If this is your first time registering, you might even be eligible for a welcome bonus, so that’s a nice addition.
There is, however, one important caveat regarding esports betting. It’s the fact that betting on esports and virtual sports is still not widely legalized in the US. As of late, however, we have seen The Nevada Gaming Commission allow betting on certain esports events. So, there is a possibility we will see certain lines appear.