Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series
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I was all set to pounce on my 1st American League bet for the Fall Classic in 2016 earlier this week – when the O’s were at +5000, and presumably bringing both Dexter Fowler and Yovani Gallardo into the stable.
With Fowler opting back to Chicago, the odd also dropped to +4500 in the meantime (also following the Gallardo wait time for the physical fiasco), and the value is no longer there.
Baltimore is a low 80 wins team in my view, and will not have enough for the postseason. Fowler would have added a few W’s for sure.
Of course with the chaos that has ensued, the Cubs have gone from +700 to +650 prohibitive best odd. There is no doubt in my mind they should be the consensus favorite.
One of these years the #1 seed will capitalize and win. I am still not plunking down cabbage at that clip though.
If I were to do my year end picks right now, I would still have Chicago ending their World Series 108 seasons drought – but I can’t place them as twice the favorite as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Still not sold on the Cubs Bullpen either, and I think Jon Lester can be had in the postseason. The Mets also line up favorably versus Chicago based on pitching matchups. New York has the better odds to wager with.
I am currently writing a faceoff piece between the Cubbies and Cards that I will post over the weekend. The difference is not a whopping 8 or 10 games like FanGraphs and PECOTA say. St. Louis should still be in the mid 90’s for victories by years end.
I have them as one of my best bets again this week.
They are a 85 win club as presently constituted, which should have them in the race for a Wild Card, but it is not worth betting at the +1600 odd.
The Angels are happy to enter the season with what they have – and I am afraid it will not be enough. They have dropped from +2200 to +2500 in recent weeks, and with good cause.
Oakland and Seattle are decisively better than they were in 2016 – as are the Astros. Los Angeles and Texas have their work cut out for them to even duplicate their 85 win effort in 2015 – with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both cracking 40+ HRs – and Kole Calhoun bashing 26 HRs.
I am thinking they should make and effort to reel in Ian Desmond, and flip Yunel Escobar over to Second Base. Arte Moreno and the brass have to realize they need to spend the money – otherwise it will cost them mightily in the standings.
Finally, I am coming around on the Mariners for their +2500 odd.
Everyone’s sexy pick to win it all last season, they should count on a better offensive lineup with the additions of Adam Lind, Chris Iannetta trumping the former position players of Logan Morrison – and brutal tandem Catching of Jesus Sucre and Mike Zunino.
Just like my thought process with the Angels, the Mariners could also sign Ian Desmond (or trade for an upgrade at SS or CF midway through the year – and really enhance their chances. )
Odds To Win 2016 World Championship
Blue – Good Value
Red – Bad Value
Chicago Cubs +650
SF Giants +900
Toronto Blue Jays +1000
Boston Red Sox +1000
NY Mets +1100
Washington Nationals +1100
KC Royals +1200
St. Louis Cards +1300
Houston Astros +1300
Arizona Diamondbacks +1500
LA Dodgers +1500
Pittsburgh Pirates +1600
Texas Rangers +1600
NY Yankees +1600
LA Angels +2500
Detroit Tigers +2500
Cleveland Indians +2500
Seattle Mariners +2500
Miami Marlins +3000
Chicago White Sox +3300
Minnesota Twins +4000
Baltimore Orioles +4500
TB Rays +5000
Oakland A’s +6600
SD Padres +7500
Milwaukee Brewers +10000
Cincinnati Reds +12500
Atlanta Braves +17500
Colorado Rockies +20000
Philadelphia Phillies +35000
Odds courtesy of bet365.com
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