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Astros Eclipse Cubs in World Series Futures

After a dismal month of May by the defending World Series champion Cubs, sportsbooks have reacted by kicking them off the top of the World Series futures oddsboard, supplanting them with the blazing hot Houston Astros. The Cubs opened as the betting favorite to win the 2017 World Series, but after going 12-16 in May, it’s clear they’re not the same force they were last season.

After getting swept at home by Cleveland in the middle of May, it appeared as if Houston’s ascension was about to be grounded, but they’ve responded by going 12-1 since the sweep. Currently riding a 10-game winning streak into a series in Kansas City, the ’Stros should continue to pad their majors-best 41-16 record, which as of June 5 is five wins more than any other team in baseball.

There’s a lot the Astros are doing right this season, but perhaps most impressive is a 21-6 road record. They’re also crushing divisional opponents, combining to go 20-6 vs the A’s, Angels, Rangers and Mariners. They’ve been sparked by the continued improvement of their young core and the re-emergence of Dallas Keuchel, who has paved the way for wins in 10 of his 11 starts. Paired with ace-in-the-making Lance McCullers Jr., Houston boasts the best one-two pitching punch in the game.

Already with a 13.5-game lead in the AL West — the biggest of any division leader — there are not many question marks about this team. Playing in a weak division where they’re the only team over .500, they haven’t faced a lot of elite competition so far this season, but beating up on bad teams isn’t really something you can hold against them.

Ranking second in both team ERA and runs scored, everything is clicking for Houston and they have the chips to get even better. With six prospects on MLB.com’s top-100 list, they could be major players at the deadline if they truly want to go all-in. Don’t be shocked if they make a move to upgrade the back end of their starting rotation.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Houston Astros+425
Chicago Cubs+525
Washington Nationals+700
Cleveland Indians+750
Boston Red Sox+750
Los Angeles Dodgers+800
New York Yankees+1200
Toronto Blue Jays+1600
Colorado Rockies+1600
St. Louis Cardinals+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
New York Mets+3300
Baltimore Orioles+3300
Minnesota Twins+4000
Detroit Tigers+4000
Texas Rangers+5000
Seattle Mariners+6600
San Francisco Giants+6600
Los Angeles Angels+6600
Pittsburgh Pirates+7500
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Kansas City Royals+10000
Miami Marlins+20000
Cincinnati Reds+25000
Oakland Athletics+25000
Chicago White Sox+30000
Atlanta Braves+30000
Philadelphia Phillies+50000
San Diego Padres+50000

Odds as of June 5 at Bovada

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It feels like the Cubs have been World Series favorites forever, which is odd in a sport like baseball that's had so much parity over the last decade and a half. They’ve been at the very top of the oddsboard for the past year and a half with the exception of a few days during the World Series when they trailed in the series vs the Indians. Even the morning after they fell to a game below .500 — which is the latest in a season they’ve been below .500 since the end of 2014 — they still sit at the top of the oddsboard and I’m wondering why.

I reached out to Bovada Sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley for an answer and he said it mainly has to do with their position in the NL Central. “They’re only 1.5 games back in the division,” said Bradley. “Considering they won the division by 17.5 games last season and are fielding a very similar team this year, there’s plenty of time to rebound from the slow start and they should win the division again this season.”

A definite argument can be made that as much as the Cubs have underachieved, the first-place Brewers (as of May 31) have overachieved. While a Milwaukee regression is likely and another Cubs’ NL Central title seems like a foregone conclusion, Cubbies fans should still be concerned with how their team matches up against the rest of the league.

Other contenders continue to put distance between themselves and the Cubs in terms of overall record, which Bradley says could soon alter World Series futures odds. “The Cubs might not be favorites for long if they continue playing .500 baseball and teams like the Astros, Dodgers and Nationals keep winning at the rate they are.”

The Cubs’ biggest issue is clearly their pitching. The pitching staff sports a 4.11 ERA, almost a full run higher than their league-best 3.15 mark in 2016. Usually dependable ace Jake Arrieta has an ERA hovering around 5.00 and has already given up 10 home runs after allowing just 16 last season and 10 the season before that. Arrieta’s issues are common within the starting rotation as their starters rank a dismal 22nd in ERA.

It would help if their bats could pick them up a bit, but they’re currently in the middle of the pack in runs scored and have a combined batting average of .237, which has them tied with the light-hitting A’s and Pirates.

After getting kicked around on the West Coast by the Dodgers and Padres — yes, the Padres — the Cubs will return home for a much-needed 10-game homestand to open June. Things won’t get easier, however, with the Cardinals and Rockies making up seven of those games.

So, what’s the best approach from a futures betting perspective? It’s to wait to see if you can get better value if they continue to be average and other top contenders continue to excel. Even though it’s unlikely that they’ll be as dominant as they were last season, they should land in the playoffs and anything can happen from there. As for their current World Series futures price of +475, forget about it.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+450
Houston Astros+475
Cleveland Indians+650
Washington Nationals+700
Boston Red Sox+750
Los Angeles Dodgers+900
New York Yankees+1200
Colorado Rockies+1600
St. Louis Cardinals+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
New York Mets+3300
Toronto Blue Jays+3300
Baltimore Orioles+4000
Texas Rangers+4000
Minnesota Twins+4000
Detroit Tigers+5000
Seattle Mariners+7500
San Francisco Giants+7500
Los Angeles Angels+7500
Pittsburgh Pirates+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Tampa Bay Rays+10000
Kansas City Royals+15000
Cincinnati Reds+20000
Miami Marlins+20000
Oakland Athletics+20000
Chicago White Sox+30000
Atlanta Braves+30000
Philadelphia Phillies+50000
San Diego Padres+50000

Odds as of May 31 at Bovada

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With teams entering the second quarter of the MLB season, the Boston Red Sox find themselves tied for fourth on the World Series futures oddsboard at +800. This is a complete and total ripoff for very obvious reasons. As of May 22, they’re just one game above .500, they have two very good teams ahead of them in the AL East, and besides Chris Sale, no other player on the roster is playing at an elite level.

This basically creates a lose-lose situation if you’re looking to get in on some Red Sox futures betting action. As a highly public team that entered the season with +450 odds to win the World Series, you’re unlikely to ever get good value on them as long as they continue to float around the .500 mark. And if they do turn things around, that +800 number will quickly shrink.

After averaging the most runs in the league in 2016, they’re averaging almost a full run less per game in 2017. Combining this with a weak back end to their starting rotation makes for an incredibly overvalued team.

Sox fans are eagerly anticipating the return of David Price, but what’s to say he won’t just add to their problems? Price posted his highest ERA in 2016 since his sophomore season with the Rays which was his first full season in the bigs. Price was roughed up in his first rehab start and his massive contract is trending in the direction of being an absolute disaster.

Your best bet with Boston is probably not to make a long-term bet on them. Wait to see if they can make the playoffs, then have at them then.

Hold off on those Astros bets... for now

After an absolutely electric start to the season, the Houston Astros have the second-best odds to win the World Series at +550. A combination of great pitching and hitting has led to baseball’s best record, but can it be maintained?

I fully expect them to be competing come October – they were my preseason prediction to win the World Series – but there’s a few red flags that indicate they might come down to earth a bit. The team will have to rebound after being swept at home by the Indians and losing Dallas Keuchel and Brian McCann to the DL won’t help. It also looked like they had the AL West wrapped up, but they have since seen their lead in the division shrink to 5.5 games thanks to a 10-game winning streak by the Rangers.

With series coming up vs the Tigers, Twins and Orioles – all .500 or better – see if the ’Stros struggle. If they do, that +550 number will grow and you can jump all over it. They’re unlikely to ever eclipse their season-opening odds of +1400, so see what happens here and maybe you can take advantage of mini-slump.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+475
Houston Astros+550
Cleveland Indians+750
Boston Red Sox+800
Washington Nationals+800
Los Angeles Dodgers+1000
New York Yankees+1400
Colorado Rockies+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+2000
Baltimore Orioles+2200
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
Texas Rangers+2500
New York Mets+3300
Minnesota Twins+3300
Detroit Tigers+4000
Seattle Mariners+4000
Toronto Blue Jays+4000
San Francisco Giants+5000
Pittsburgh Pirates+6600
Los Angeles Angels+6600
Milwaukee Brewers+6600
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Kansas City Royals+7500
Cincinnati Reds+15000
Miami Marlins+20000
Chicago White Sox+20000
Oakland Athletics+20000
Philadelphia Phillies+50000
San Diego Padres+50000
Atlanta Braves+50000

Odds as of May 22 at Bovada

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With the first month of the Major League Baseball season out of the way, a few surprise teams have climbed their way up the oddsboard while a few preseason contenders appear to already be out of contention for the 2016 season. A quick glance at the top of the oddsboard shows the usual suspects leading the way — Cubs (+400), Indians (+600) and Red Sox (+700) — but a few teams who got off to surprise starts might offer better value.

Here’s a few teams that got out of the gates quick, and my take on if they can maintain their current pace:

Yankees (+1600)

At 15-9, the Yankees are one of just three American League teams with a win percentage above .600 (as of May 2) and they’ve gotten there by leading the AL in runs per game while allowing the fifth-fewest runs per game. I originally expected the Yankees to be a year away from competing, but Aaron Judge appears to have taken a big step in his progression as he’s become the team’s top hitter with a .300 batting average and 10 home runs, while Michael Pineda and Luis Severino have formed a nice 1-2 punch in the rotation.

Those factors combined with MLB’s fourth-best bullpen ERA should set New York up nicely for the remainder of the season and with the bottom falling out for the Blue Jays, the Yankees will have one less team to contend with in the AL East. Expect to see the Bronx Bombers back in the playoffs this season.

Orioles (+2000)

Somehow, some way, the Orioles continue to live life as one of baseball’s most overlooked clubs. They’ve had five straight seasons of finishing .500 or better, with a playoff appearance in three of those and entered May as the American League’s top team. Oddly enough, they don’t stand out in any particular area of play as the pitching staff is 16th in ERA and the offense is 18th in runs. After leading the league in home runs last season, they rank ninth, while their typical rock-solid bullpen’s ERA is up to 4.00 vs 3.40 in 2016.

Despite the average output at the plate and on the mound, Baltimore has a winning record vs the Yankees and Red Sox, and the O’s have shown an ability to win tight games as they already have six one-run victories. I think the power will return and with closer Zach Britton set to return from the DL, the bullpen will get better too. As a result, they should be right there with the Yankees at season’s end.

Rockies (+2500)

There’s something in the Colorado air this spring that’s affecting the Rockies and it’s not the legal marijuana smoke. Whatever it is has led to the second-best record in the National League which includes a very profitable 10-6 record as an underdog. They’ve also spent the early part of the season beating up on divisional opponents, posting a 12-6 record vs other NL West clubs.

So, what’s the deal here and is this sustainable? Well, the Rockies have been the beneficiary of early season struggles by the Giants and Dodgers and if a recent series vs the Nationals is any indication — they went 1-3 and were outscored 46-29 at home — no, it’s not sustainable. This is a better squad than the 2016 Rockies and they should put up great offensive numbers all season long, but they won’t be capable of competing with the best teams in the league, especially with a 27th-ranked team ERA. This is a mirage. Don’t buy in.

Diamondbacks (+2800)

Like the Rockies, the D-backs are taking advantage of slow starts by the Dodgers and Giants, but unlike Colorado, pitching has led the way. Patrick Corbin has been an unexpected surprise while Zack Greinke finally, sorta, maybe is starting to look like an ace again. Then, of course, we have the offense, which is third in the NL with 141 runs and has been sparked by non-household names like Jake Lamb and Chris Owings.

Given the fact that they have one of baseball’s most balanced teams so far, combined with the likelihood of picking up a few extra wins from the Dodgers and especially the Giants, I like Arizona to be the surprise team of 2017 and sneak into the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the complete oddsboard:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+450
Cleveland Indians+600
Boston Red Sox+700
Houston Astros+800
Washington Nationals+800
Los Angeles Dodgers+1200
New York Yankees+1600
New York Mets+1800
Baltimore Orioles+2000
Colorado Rockies+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+2800
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
Detroit Tigers+3300
San Francisco Giants+4000
Texas Rangers+4000
Seattle Mariners+4000
Toronto Blue Jays+5000
Pittsburgh Pirates+5000
Miami Marlins+5000
Los Angeles Angels+6600
Tampa Bay Rays+6600
Minnesota Twins+6600
Kansas City Royals+10000
Chicago White Sox+10000
Oakland Athletics+10000
Philadelphia Phillies+15000
Cincinnati Reds+15000
Milwaukee Brewers+15000
San Diego Padres+20000
Atlanta Braves+25000

Odds as of May 2 at Bovada

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Futures betting is all about timing. Sometimes you have to get in as early as possible to find value, but other times the best strategy is to wait and make a bet on a good team when they’re underachieving. Either way, there’s been lots of movement on the World Series futures oddsboard in the buildup to the 2017 season, with the Boston Red Sox leading the way.

The BoSox saw their odds move from +900 all the way up to +450 which gives them the distinction of being the co-favorite to win the World Series alongside the Chicago Cubs. Seeing their odds slashed in half is mainly due to the addition of Chris Sale. The lengthy lefty is one of baseball’s most intimidating players and, in my opinion, is the best pitcher in a strong rotation. Unfortunately, it looks like the ship has sailed on any type of real value for Red Sox’ bettors, but congrats to anyone who was savvy enough to grab them at +900.

Moving in the opposite direction of the Red Sox are their AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays saw their odds balloon from +1400 to +2200 while the Orioles moved from +2200 to +3300. There’s a bit of logic in the shift of the Jays’ odds as they replaced one of the game’s top bats in Edwin Encarnacion with possibly the slowest man in the game, Kendrys Morales. The O’s, however, are essentially returning the same team as last year and they’ve made the playoffs in three of the past five seasons. The drop to +3300 makes them one of the best value bets on the board.

Over in the National League, bettors appear to be feeling the Colorado Rockies, whose odds jumped from +6600 to +4000. The offense should put up mile-high run totals (hilarious pun, I know), while their pitching staff might be the league’s most underrated. While the Rockies look to break into the group of serious contenders, the Pirates appear to be in the delirious group as their odds almost doubled from +2800 to +5000. The Bucs were a fun story for a few seasons, but due to their penny-pinching ways, their championship window is officially shut.

Other notable odds movers:

  • Cleveland Indians: +1400 to +900
  • Texas Rangers: +1600 to +2800
  • Miami Marlins: +4000 to +7500
  • Chicago White Sox: +4000 to +10000

Here’s a complete look at the oddsboard entering the 2017 season:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+450
Boston Red Sox+450
Cleveland Indians+900
Los Angeles Dodgers+900
Washington Nationals+1100
San Francisco Giants+1100
Houston Astros+1400
New York Mets+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+2200
St. Louis Cardinals+2500
New York Yankees+2500
Detroit Tigers+2800
Texas Rangers+2800
Seattle Mariners+3300
Kansas City Royals+3300
Baltimore Orioles+3300
Colorado Rockies+4000
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Pittsburgh Pirates+5000
Miami Marlins+7500
Atlanta Braves+7500
Arizona Diamondbacks+7500
Chicago White Sox+10000
Tampa Bay Rays+10000
Minnesota Twins+12500
San Diego Padres+15000
Oakland Athletics+15000
Philadelphia Phillies+15000
Cincinnati Reds+20000
Milwaukee Brewers+20000

Odds as of March 30 at Bovada

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With spring training getting underway, it’s time for baseball bettors to start prepping for another season. The first step is doing some research so you can optimize your value and cash in with some smart wagers. The second step is to ignore the first step because I did the research for you. The third step is to pay it forward by doing something kind for someone less fortunate — this step is optional.

The Chicago Cubs will rightfully enter the season as the favorite to win the World Series at most sportsbooks, but history proves that it’s not often the favorite or the best team that goes on to win it all. Last season’s Cubs team contradicts this, of course, as they were the favorite for the majority of the season, but here’s a few factors to consider before placing a World Series futures bet.

Don’t waste money on teams that stunk last year

Obviously, right? Well, not for some diehard fans. Some bettors get wide-eyed and full of ambition when they see their favorite ball club offering a ton of value somewhere on the second half of the oddsboard. Most of those teams had losing records in 2016, which is a major red flag since it’s only happened twice in the last 13 years that a team had a losing record, then went on to win the World Series the following year. So settle down, you Tampa Bay Rays fans!

Consider teams that were good, but not great in 2016

You’re likely leaning toward one of last season’s playoff teams for your World Series prediction, but it might surprise you to hear that only two teams since 2009 made the playoffs the year before winning the World Series. Going back even further, to the beginning of the wild-card era in 1995, less than 50% of World Series winners made the playoffs the year before.

So, we’re looking for teams that were better than .500 last season but didn’t qualify for the playoffs … and one last thing.

86 is the magic number

Many will argue that the magic number is actually 69, but that type of thinking doesn’t apply to strategic World Series futures betting. The magic number is 86, as the average win total of teams the year before winning the World Series since 2000 is 86.47. I was surprised to see that only four teams during that span had 90 wins or more the year before winning the World Series, while nine had between 83 and 89 wins the year before.

With all that said, here’s the list of teams that meet the criteria I just laid out:

  • New York Yankees +2500
  • Detroit Tigers +2500
  • Seattle Mariners +3300
  • Houston Astros +1400
  • New York Mets +1400
  • St. Louis Cardinals +2200
  • San Francisco Giants +1100

Good luck with your MLB wagers this season and may the baseball gods bless us with watching R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon each start a game in a doubleheader for the Braves at some point this season.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+450
Boston Red Sox+450
Cleveland Indians+900
Los Angeles Dodgers+1000
Washington Nationals+1100
San Francisco Giants+1100
Houston Astros+1400
New York Mets+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+2200
St. Louis Cardinals+2200
New York Yankees+2500
Detroit Tigers+2500
Texas Rangers+2800
Seattle Mariners+3300
Kansas City Royals+3300
Baltimore Orioles+3300
Colorado Rockies+4000
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Pittsburgh Pirates+5000
Miami Marlins+7500
Atlanta Braves+7500
Arizona Diamondbacks+7500
Chicago White Sox+10000
Tampa Bay Rays+10000
Minnesota Twins+12500
San Diego Padres+15000
Oakland Athletics+15000
Philadelphia Phillies+15000
Cincinnati Reds+20000
Milwaukee Brewers+20000

Odds as of March 22 at Bovada

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With the exception of Chris Sale being dealt to the Red Sox, it’s been a fairly dull offseason for Major League Baseball. We saw both the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion horribly misplay their hands, a few closers got big deals, a handful of second- and third-tier players changed uniforms and dozens of rumored trades and signings didn’t come to fruition.

The Sale deal bumped the Red Sox’ World Series futures odds from +1000 to +500, but there hasn’t been anything else to dramatically shift the odds since the end of the World Series. With a few teams still tinkering with their lineups before pitchers and catchers report, now is a good time for bettors to look for value in World Series futures betting. The value certainly isn't at the top of the board with the favorite Cubs at +450. In situations like this, I advise bettors to wait. To open the 2016 playoffs, the Cubs’ odds were +250 and climbed as high as +325 during the World Series, so it’s hard to justify that +400 price tag with a full 162-game regular season to play.

When betting World Series futures, keep in mind that it’s not often the best regular season team that wins the World Series. The Cubs were an outlier in 2016 as it’s only happened seven times in the last 31 years. With that said, here’s a few teams that I think offer nice pre-spring training value:

Los Angeles Dodgers (+1400) – The Dodgers finished as the third-best team in baseball last season. They took the Cubs to six games in the NLCS and their roster remains basically the same, but they somehow find themselves behind the likes of the Nationals and Astros on the oddsboard. There’s two big things to consider with LA entering the 2017 season. First, they always have their finger on the button, ready to swing a deal for a difference-making player — Brian Dozier, for example, might find himself in a Dodgers uniform soon. Second, their young studs should take another step forward in their progression this season. Quite simply, I think that +1400 number will drop, so if you like the Dodgers, the time to get in on them is now.

St. Louis Cardinals (+2000) – This is a team that’s always in the mix, and I like St. Louis to get back into the playoffs this season. Since 2000, the Cards have qualified for the playoffs a ridiculous 12 times, which is the best of any NL team. The core of last year’s 86-win team returns and they’ll get a nice boost from Dexter Fowler, who came over from the Cubs in free agency. It looks as if competition within the NL Central won’t be as fierce as it was in years past as the Pirates appear set on going back into rebuilding mode with the rumored attempts to move Andrew McCutchen. And no, I’m not forgetting about the Cubs, but St. Louis played them relatively tight in 2016, losing the season series 10-9.

Baltimore Orioles (+3300) – The O’s have qualified for the playoffs in three of the last five seasons and have the fourth-best World Series futures odds in the AL East. What’s interesting about that is that out of the three division rivals ahead of them, only the Red Sox look like an improved club. The starting pitching remains very middle-of-the-road but with Mark Trumbo back in the fold, they'll return one of MLB's best power-hitting lineups and the bullpen remains one of the league’s best. This year’s club should remain on par with last season’s 89-win team, especially if the Jays and Yankees regress. Don’t be surprised if the O’s sneak into the playoffs again.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

2017 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+450
Boston Red Sox+500
Cleveland Indians+800
Washington Nationals+900
San Francisco Giants+1200
Houston Astros+1400
Los Angeles Dodgers+1400
New York Mets+1800
Toronto Blue Jays+2000
St. Louis Cardinals+2000
Texas Rangers+2500
Seattle Mariners+2800
New York Yankees+2800
Detroit Tigers+2800
Kansas City Royals+3300
Baltimore Orioles+3300
Pittsburgh Pirates+4000
Colorado Rockies+4000
Chicago White Sox+6600
Miami Marlins+6600
Los Angeles Angels+6600
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Atlanta Braves+7500
Arizona Diamondbacks+10000
Oakland Athletics+10000
Philadelphia Phillies+10000
Minnesota Twins+10000
Cincinnati Reds+10000
San Diego Padres+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+10000

Odds as of February 9 at Bovada

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*Update - Since landing Chris Sale via trade, the Red Sox' World Series futures odds went from +1000 to +600.

The 2016 World Series is officially in the books with the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908. Yes, I was sick of hearing it too, but it’s over. While days of celebrating for the Cubs and their fans are well underway, sportsbooks are already looking ahead to next season and odds for the 2017 World Series have been set, and no shock, the Cubs are favored to win it all again in next season.

With their odds set at +375, the Cubs will return the majority of their World Series-winning roster in 2017, with their only major free agent being Aroldis Chapman. With their mix of established vets and talented 20-somethings, it’s unlikely that they’ll once again go 108 years between World Series championships.

This year’s runners-up, the Cleveland Indians, aren’t looked upon as favorably as the Cubs, as their odds are set at +1200, tying them for the fifth-best odds of winning the 2017 World Series.

Here’s a look at each team’s opening odds for the 2017 World Series:

2017 world series odds
  • Chicago Cubs +375
  • Boston Red Sox +600
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +1200
  • Washington Nationals +1200
  • Houston Astros +1200
  • Cleveland Indians +1200
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1800
  • San Francisco Giants +1600
  • New York Mets +1600
  • Texas Rangers +2000
  • Baltimore Orioles +2500
  • Detroit Tigers +2500
  • St. Louis Cardinals +2500
  • New York Yankees +2500
  • Seattle Mariners +2500
  • Kansas City Royals +3300
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +3300
  • Chicago White Sox +6600
  • Miami Marlins +6600
  • Los Angeles Angels +6600
  • Colorado Rockies +6600
  • Tampa Bay Rays +6600
  • Atlanta Braves +6600
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +7500
  • Milwaukee Brewers +10000
  • Oakland Athletics +10000
  • Cincinnati Reds +10000
  • Minnesota Twins +10000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +10000
  • San Diego Padres +10000

Odds as of December 6 at Bovada

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Despite being on the road and despite facing Corey Kluber, who’s allowed just one run in 12 innings pitched during the World Series so far, the Chicago Cubs are favorites to win Game 7 tonight and win the World Series. The Cubs have been favorites to win the World Series for all but five days this season, with four of those being in this series.

Kluber has been dynamite during the playoffs, especially at home, where he still hasn't allowed a run in 19.1 innings pitched. Going back to the regular season, the Indians have won an amazing 13 of his last 14 home starts.

Kyle Hendricks gets the ball for the Cubs and he brings a 1.31 playoff ERA into the game. He's allowed just three runs in four playoff starts. One concern regarding his start tonight is that he hasn't pitched on the road since October 2.

For more on tonight's game, check out our Game 7 betting preview

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs-117
Cleveland Indians+107

Odds as of November 3 at BetOnline

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Finally, a spark of momentum from the Cubs. Chicago was able to stave off elimination by grinding out a 3-2 win on Sunday night over the Indians. The series now shifts to Cleveland where the teams split the first two games of the series. With the Indians leading three games to two, they’re still a sizable favorite to win the series, coming in at -215.

It won’t be easy for the Cubs, whose odds to win the World Series sit at +175, but coming back from a 3-1 series deficit in the World Series has been done five times before. They appear to have the starting pitching edge in Game 6 with Game 2 winner Jake Arrieta facing Josh Tomlin. A potential Game 7 would see Kyle Hendricks square off with Corey Kluber, who’s allowed just one run in 12 innings pitched during the World Series so far.

If you still haven’t placed a bet on the series, the time would be now to grab the Cubs if you believe they can make the comeback. There’s not much value in betting on the Indians right now, but if they lose Game 6, you’ll likely get them at a better number than -230 going into Game 7.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+175
Cleveland Indians-215

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

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The Cleveland Indians have been undervalued throughout the course of the 2016 postseason, but that's changed now. Thanks to a 7-2 triumph over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4, the Tribe now own a 3-1 lead in the World Series and can win their first Fall Classic since 1948 on Sunday.

At Bovada, the Indians are massive -450 favorites to win the hardware. Chicago's odds come in at +325. A Cubs comeback isn't impossible, but with the way things are going in this series it seems like it's only a matter of time before Cleveland wins its second championship in 2016.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+325
Cleveland Indians-450

Odds as of October 30 at Bovada

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The Chicago Cubs' bats went silent once again in Game 3 of the World Series, and the Cleveland Indians have a 2-1 lead as a result. The Tribe completely shut down the Cubbies in the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 in the form of a 1-0 victory in front of the Windy City faithful.

At Bovada, the Indians are now -130 favorites to win the Fall Classic. That's quite a drastic change from yesterday, as Cleveland was listed at +185 at the shop.

With Game 4 set for Saturday, John Lackey and Corey Kluber will get the start for both teams.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+110
Cleveland Indians-130

Odds as of October 29 at Bovada

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The Cubs avoided falling into a 2-0 series hole with a big 5-1 win in Game 2 of the World Series. The win saw their odds to win the World Series shrink all the way down to -230. With the next three games taking place at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will be in a prime position to grab a stranglehold on the series, but that -230 mark seems like a bit of an overreaction as the Indians continue to be undervalued by oddsmakers.

Cleveland is 3-1 on the road in the playoffs so far and bettors should continue to keep in mind that the Game 1 winner has won 17 of the last 19 World Series. Another historic trend favoring the Indians is that the last 14 teams to win Game 1 of the World Series at home have gone on to win the series.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs-225
Cleveland Indians+185

Odds as of October 28 at Bovada

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A dominant start by Corey Kluber led the way to a 6-0 Indians win in Game 1 of the World Series. They dominated every aspect of the game, but somehow they remain underdogs to win the series, coming in at -105 with the Cubs a slight favorite at -115. Leading up to Game 1, we hammered home the fact that the Game 1 winner has gone on to win nine of the last 10 World Series, and going back even further, 17 of the last 19. This fact alone makes the Indians an absolute bargain. The time is now to place a bet on them.

The Indians were also underdogs in their two previous series vs the Red Sox and Blue Jays, but they’ve now won eight of their nine games and have racked up four shutouts in the playoffs so far. They closed as an underdog in six of those nine games and sportsbooks appear to have not learned their lesson yet as they opened at +142 for Wednesday’s Game 2.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs-115
Cleveland Indians-105

Odds as of October 26 at 5Dimes

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Shortly after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs opened as -185 favorites over the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. The Cubs opened the season as +500 favorites to win the World Series while the Indians were further down the board at +1800. The teams last played in 2015 when they split four games.

The Cubs have looked shaky at times throughout the playoffs as they were shut out twice in the NLCS despite leading the postseason with 48 runs scored. They've also allowed 30 earned runs in the playoffs, which is second only to the Dodgers. Still though, this club is absolutely stacked and based on its track record this season, these odds are fair.

Cleveland has lost just one game during the playoffs as the Indians have been able to lean on their bullpen to lock down tight ball games. The Tribe have allowed just 14 earned runs this postseason, which is especially impressive with their eight games coming against the hard-hitting Red Sox and Blue Jays.

Game 1 takes place Tuesday night in Cleveland.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs-190
Cleveland Indians+170

Odds as of October 24 at Bovada

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The Chicago Cubs still need to win one more game against the Dodgers in the NLCS and they still need to face Clayton Kershaw, but they’re already favored over the AL champion Indians to win the 2016 World Series. Chicago’s time out of the top spot on the World Series futures oddsboard lasted about a day as they’re now back in familiar territory after two straight wins over the Dodgers. The Cubs’ odds sit at -130, with the Indians at +160.

With the Cubs yet to clinch the NLCS, they’ll likely become even bigger favorites if they get by the Dodgers, which means you should wait if you plan on betting on the Indians. With Chicago potentially becoming an even bigger favorite, Cleveland would become an even bigger underdog. It’s all about value, so be patient. Or, if you plan on betting on the Cubs, get on them now, because any value on them is about to shrink up.

The Cubs’ bats have finally woken up as they’ve combined to score 18 runs over the past two games in LA. They’ll return to Wrigley Field with two chances to put the Dodgers away. If they can’t get by Kershaw in Game 6, it’ll be up to Jake Arrieta in Game 7 to push them into their first World Series appearance since 1945.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs-130
Cleveland Indians+160
Los Angeles Dodgers+650

Odds as of October 21 at Bovada

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The Cleveland Indians will make up one half of this year’s World Series lineup after their bullpen manhandled the Toronto Blue Jays for five games. The Indians will play in their first World Series since 1997 and are looking for their first World Series victory since 1948. Clinching the AL pennant pushed their World Series odds to +140. They’ll have home-field advantage and having a few extra days off should be beneficial to their stretched-out pitching staff.

Over in the NL, the Dodgers’ time at the top of the World Series futures oddsboard was short-lived after the Cubs locked the series up at two games apiece. The Dodgers now have the longest odds of the three remaining teams at +325. Baseball fans will be interested to know that 10 of the last 14 Game 5 winners in the NLCS went on to win the series.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Cleveland Indians+140
Chicago Cubs+140
Los Angeles Dodgers+325

Odds as of October 20 at Bovada

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The Chicago Cubs have been favorites to win the World Series all season long — until today. After dropping Game 3 of the NLCS and going down two games to one to the Dodgers, the Cubs have been bumped from the top spot, with Los Angeles now a +175 favorite to win the World Series.

With two games left to be played in LA and with Clayton Kershaw guaranteed to get at least one more start, the Cubs are in serious trouble. Their biggest flaw has been at the plate as the team is hitting a brutal .161 during the NLCS, while they’ve only put up 3.6 runs per game during the playoffs. The Game 3 win for the Dodgers was a big one, as the Game 3 winner has gone on to win seven of the last 10 NLCS.

Up three games to one over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians have the second-best odds at +200. The Jays’ bats finally woke up in Game 4 and they’re attempting to be the second team in MLB history to come back from a 3-0 deficit. At +800 to win the World Series, the Jays will have the luxury of facing a stretched-out Indians bullpen that has seen more action than normal thanks to Trevor Bauer’s mangled finger. Still, though, history is on the Indians' side as they attempt to make it to their first World Series since 1997.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers+175
Cleveland Indians+200
Chicago Cubs+250
Toronto Blue Jays+800

Odds as of October 19 at Bovada

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Four teams are all that remain in the MLB playoffs with League Championship Series getting underway. This postseason has been one of the most dramatic in recent memory and if you aren’t a fan of one of the teams left but still want to have a dog in the race and feel like testing the limits of the edge of your couch, why not indulge in some World Series futures.

The ALCS has the Drama Jays going up against the Believeland Indians and Toronto is getting the benefit of the doubt at online sportsbooks as they currently have the second-best odds to win the final series of the year. BetOnline is offering a +250 line on the Jays and that seems about right. Toronto is the hottest team left as everything seems to be coming together at the perfect time but as Jays fans know, the offense can dry up in a hurry. That said, Toronto has limited opponents to 3.25 runs per game this postseason – can they keep it rolling?

The Indians and Dodgers are tied for the worst WS odds at +450 on BetOnline. Cleveland is basically down to one good pitcher and the Dodgers are playing the Cubs – these lines seem fair. Clayton Kershaw made three appearances in LA’s five-gamer with the Nationals so you have to be wary of the fatigue factor because, after the Dodgers ace, things get a little dicey in Dem Bums’ starting rotation.

Chicago made things interesting against the Giants but managed to close out their NLDS in four games after a huge ninth inning in which they scored four runs in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the Bay Area. The Cubs have been the WS favorites from tip to tail this season so it seems like a good bit of consistency to have them pegged as +140 odds-on favorites going into the NLCS.

Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon and the rest of the Cubs staff will be thoroughly disappointed with anything other than a World Series title after the season they had in 2016.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+140
Toronto Blue Jays+250
Cleveland Indians+450
Los Angeles Dodgers+450

Odds as of October 14 at BetOnline

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With the Blue Jays and Indians moving on to the ALCS, their odds are on the move as well with Toronto at +225 and Cleveland at +375. The Tribe entered the divisional round as the biggest long shot to win the World Series at +1200, while the Jays' value has been slashed down from +750.

Both teams were underdogs in the divisional round, and the Indians might be getting overlooked again as they once again match up with a flashy team. The Blue Jays are favored to beat them and appear to have a more complete club, but Cleveland has home-field advantage and narrowly won the season series four games to three.

There's still a lot to be decided in the National League, but the Cubs remain the favorite to win the World Series at +175. They completed a huge comeback win over the Giants to cement their place in the NLCS. The Nationals and Dodgers find themselves knotted up at two games apiece, with the deciding game going down Thursday.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+160
Toronto Blue Jays+225
Cleveland Indians+375
Washington Nationals+900
Los Angeles Dodgers+900

Odds as of October 11 at BetOnline

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The MLB playoffs are now down to the elite eight — people call it that, right? Either way, each team presents a solid argument as a legit World Series contender and nailing your champion prediction isn’t easy, but we’re here to help by narrowing that field down, separating the contenders from the pretenders, or in this case, telling you what teams are serious and what teams are delirious.

Using a few key stats from the regular season along with some old-fashioned instincts, here’s who you should consider placing a World Series futures bet on and who you should fade.

Serious:

Chicago Cubs (+250) – Well, obviously. There’s a whole lot to like about the Cubs as they enter the playoffs as the most complete team in the field. They ranked third in runs scored and first in ERA this season, which paved the way for baseball’s best record. They were also money at bouncing back since the all-star break, going 17-5 after a loss. Finally, good luck beating them in a series — they only lost four of their last 24 to close out the season.  

They could have coasted down the stretch with such a huge lead in the NL Central, but finished strong and enter the playoff with just three losses in their last 13 games. They’ve basically been hot all season and if they don’t at least make it to the World Series, the entire coaching staff should be fired and the franchise should move to Montreal. Well, maybe that’s taking it too far, but it would be a pretty significant collapse if they don’t win the NL pennant following a regular season of complete domination.

Texas Rangers (+700) – Quite simply, the Rangers beat good teams. They did it better than anyone in the American League this season, actually, posting a 39-24 (.619) record vs teams with winning records. Having home-field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS could be the difference for Texas as their 53 wins at home tied them for the best mark in the AL.

They should also get a nice boost from Yu Darvish, whom they didn’t have in their rotation during the postseason last year. They’ve been clicking with Darvish on the mound the past two months, winning eight of his last 10 starts, and he’ll likely receive at least two starts in each series, depending on length. They’ve also been on a roll with Cole Hamels on the mound, winning seven of his last eight starts. Hamels and Darvish are scheduled to pitch the first two games of the ALDS vs Toronto.

Boston Red Sox (+425) – Big Papi and company enter the playoffs hot after going 19-10 since September 1 — the best mark of any team in baseball. Their pitching was on point as they allowed just 91 runs in that span — also the best mark in baseball. Their offense wasn’t too shabby either, posting 154 runs, good enough for second-best in the bigs. Boston has been on a serious roll for a while now, especially when you consider that about two-thirds of those games took place on the road.

The big question mark for Boston will be whether David Price can overcome the failures of past postseasons. He’s 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA in the playoffs, surrendering 11 home runs in 14 appearances. Not good, but Boston’s momentum might be enough to overcome Price being Price in the playoffs.

Delirious:

Toronto Blue Jays (+750) – This team certainly has a flair for the dramatic and they could very well be baseball’s most exciting team, but they barely limped into the playoffs and are the only playoff team with a record below .500 since September 1. The 106 runs they scored in that span was the second-worst in baseball and their bullpen has also been imploding with regularity. Wild-card win over the O’s aside, this team has been trending in the wrong direction for a while.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+500) and Washington Nationals (+900) – These teams have five combined playoff appearances since 2012 with zero World Series appearances. This should be a competitive divisional round series and in any other year the winner would have a great shot at finally breaking through, but with the powerhouse Cubs waiting for them in the NLCS, this won’t be their year. Red flags for both teams include the Nats going a combined 3-10 vs the Cubs and Dodgers this season, while the Dodgers’ best player, Clayton Kershaw, has been David Price-like in the playoffs throughout his career, posting a 2-6 record with a 4.59 ERA.

Extremely Delirious:

San Francisco Giants (+850) – Don’t be fooled by the team’s past playoff success. Underneath it hides some serious inefficiencies. Madison Bumgarner continuing to dominate in the playoffs has lots of overzealous bettors loving their underdog value, but the Giants are the only team in the playoffs that had a losing record vs teams with winning records this season. This team basically got worse as the season went on, posting a losing record in each of the last three full months of the season and they’ll likely only be able to depend on Bumgarner to make one start in the series. San Fran’s other ace, Johnny Cueto, will likely receive two starts in the NLDS if it goes the distance, but he’s far from the playoff performer Bumgarner is, as he has a 5.35 ERA in seven playoff starts.

Cleveland Indians (+1200) – Cleveland’s 94 wins this season camouflages the fact the Indians stunk during the regular season vs the other top contenders. They were great at beating up divisional opponents, but vs the other playoff teams they went just 12-21 — by far the worst of any team in the playoffs. Sorry Believeland, but your club isn’t on the same level as the Rangers or Red Sox.

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+250
Boston Red Sox+425
Los Angeles Dodgers+500
Texas Rangers+700
Toronto Blue Jays+750
San Francisco Giants+850
Washington Nationals+900
Cleveland Indians+1200

Odds as of October 6 at BetOnline

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Just as they’ve been all season long, the Chicago Cubs will enter the MLB playoffs as the favorite to win the World Series, with their odds at +225.  They were baseball’s sole 100-win team as they racked up 103 victories, easily winning the NL Central by 17.5 games. Be warned, though: only six times over the last 30 years has the team with the best regular-season record won the World Series. Chicago will play the winner of Wednesday’s NL wild-card game between the Giants (+2000) and Mets (+1600), while the Dodgers (+600) and Nationals (+600) face off in the other NL series.

Over in the American League, the Texas Rangers have the best odds at +500. They led the AL in wins with 95 and will await the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game between the Blue Jays (+1200) and Orioles (+2000). The Red Sox (+600) and Indians (+800) will play in the other divisional series.

Of all the teams to clinch a playoff spot, the Baltimore Orioles had the longest odds to win the World Series at the beginning of the season at +4000. The Cubs entered the season with +500 odds.

Here’s a look at the oddsboard and remember to check back daily for complete MLB playoffs betting coverage:

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2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+225
Texas Rangers+500
Washington Nationals+600
Boston Red Sox+600
Los Angeles Dodgers+600
Cleveland Indians+800
Toronto Blue Jays+1200
New York Mets+1600
Baltimore Orioles+2000
San Francisco Giants+2000

Odds as of October 2 at BetOnline

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It’s do-or-die time for the teams on the bubble. As we inch our way to the end of this grueling 162-game schedule, there are still seven teams that are five or fewer games out of the playoff picture and, as we all know, a lot can happen in 10 games.

The only team to have a playoff berth already locked up is the Cubs, who clinched the NL Central last week. Every other division leader is up by at least four games as we are starting to have a good idea of who will be playing October baseball this year, so it’s a good time to get your World Series futures in while there’s still some lingering value.

With that said, let’s take a look at the current division leaders and see where the value can be extracted:

Boston Red Sox +550

The AL East has been the most competitive division in baseball this year with four teams within striking distance of top spot for the majority of the season. Boston, however, has gotten hot at the perfect time and has separated from the pack. The Red Sox now hold a four-game lead over the Blue Jays as they’ve won six straight games and seem to have smoothed things out with their starting rotation.

Boston has not qualified for the postseason since their run in 2013 that saw them win their third World Series of the millennium. They have the No. 1 offense in the majors so it’s not unrealistic to predict that this team could make a deep run, assuming their pitching staff doesn’t implode.

Los Angeles Dodgers +800

The Dodgers still have some work to do in their division to fend off the chasing Giants but with a five-game lead, it’s unlikely they relinquish it with San Fran running out of real estate on the schedule.

Clutch is not a word I would use to describe the Dodgers in the playoffs lately. They have not won the World Series since 1988; that’s nine straight playoff appearances without a win. LA has lost three straight times when they’ve made the NLCS but with their pitching rotation now healthy, they are great candidates to knock off the Cubs.

Cleveland Indians +900

The Indians may be the most well-rounded team of all the contenders. They have a lineup stacked with talented switch-hitters, a deadly starting rotation ranked sixth in ERA and a bullpen with the fourth-best ERA. +900 is an excellent price for this team, do you Believeland?

Texas Rangers +550

Texas is proof you don’t need pitching to be successful. They are ranked 24th in team ERA yet are 28 games over .500 and hold a 10-game lead over the Houston Astros in the AL West. Getting knocked out of last year’s playoffs by a Jays team they thought was hotdogging has put a serious chip on the Rangers’ shoulders but they are not getting nearly enough value for me.

Washington Nationals +550

I have been an advocate of the Nationals all year long but I think it’s time for me to finally bail out. Their offense has been sputtering down the stretch and losing Stephen Strasburg for the year put a serious damper on their chances. They did, however, just get Joe Ross back and have a secret weapon in Daniel Murphy, who hit a home run in six straight games in the Mets’ magical run to the World Series last season. 

Chicago Cubs +240

By far the best team in baseball this year. Haven’t won the World Series since 1904. Might be cursed.

Does the positive of the Cubs being a good baseball team outweigh their expensive price and the crushing pressure being put on them by a city desperate for a World Series? You decide.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+240
Washington Nationals+550
Texas Rangers+550
Boston Red Sox+550
Los Angeles Dodgers+800
Cleveland Indians+900
Toronto Blue Jays+1400
San Francisco Giants+2000
Baltimore Orioles+2500
New York Mets+2800
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
Detroit Tigers+4000
Seattle Mariners+6600
Houston Astros+5000
New York Yankees+10000
Miami Marlins+30000
Pittsburgh Pirates+30000

Odds as of September 21 at Bovada

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With less than 40 games left in the regular season, the playoff picture is still a little blurry with the exception of a few division leaders who don’t appear to be taking their foot off the gas. There’s currently 10 American League teams either holding a playoff spot or within five games of a wild-card position, while eight teams are in the same spot in the National League.

It’s a little foolish that a playoff spot in a 162-game season is often decided by one game, but the last three seasons have seen a team miss out on the playoffs by one win, so strength of schedule and amount of home vs road games for the remainder of the season is extremely important. Value on teams will shrink significantly between now and playoff time, so let’s try to figure out who will be left standing to compete in the postseason so you can get the best bang for your buck.

Here’s a few contenders who have an especially easy or tough schedule down the stretch:

Washington Nationals (+575)

The Nats appear to have it made in the shade. Not only do they have an eight-game lead in the NL East, but they also have the easiest schedule in baseball the rest of the way. This includes 13 games vs the Braves and Phillies and 22 of their remaining 38 games take place at home. They blew a division lead last season after owning the top spot for 50 days, but a favorable schedule makes that unlikely this season.

New York Mets (+5000)

The defending National League champs are 4.5 games back of a wild-card spot, but they have the third-easiest schedule to close out the season. They’ve been on the losing side more often than not since the all-star break, but they’ll have a great chance to get back into the hunt with 16 of their remaining games against the Braves and Phillies along with three vs the Reds. It’s a long shot, but a sprinkle at 50/1 isn’t a bad gamble.

Blue Jays (+850)

Toronto is ahead of Baltimore and Boston on the futures odds board and rightfully so as they have an easier schedule to close out the season. They open a six-game homestand today vs the last-place Angels and last-place Twins which should give them the opportunity to build a lead in the AL East. Now is the time for the Jays, as their final 10 games of the season come against the Yankees, Orioles and Red Sox.

Red Sox (+1000)

Boston will have to become road warriors down the stretch as 22 of their remaining 38 games take place on the road. They do have a winning record on the road but will be in tough during a nine-game road trip to begin September and a 10-game road trip to close out the month.

Orioles (+1600)

Schedule makers left some of the best for last for the O’s as they have the fifth-hardest schedule among AL clubs the rest of the season. Baltimore will of course duke it out with their division rivals, plus they have series vs the Nationals and Tigers.

Tigers (+4000)

Detroit has it good the rest of the way. Real good in fact as they have the second-easiest schedule in the league that features 10 games against the Twins, and if things go down to the wire, they close the season out with a three-game series vs the Braves.

Dodgers & Giants (Both +1000)

The Dodgers have a slim lead over the Giants in the NL West and they're neck-and-neck in terms of strength of schedule. These teams play each other nine more times this season and the Giants have the current lead in the season series, winning six of the 10 games. The Giants will host two of the remaining three series between the teams.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+290
Washington Nationals+575
Texas Rangers+700
Toronto Blue Jays+850
Cleveland Indians+900
San Francisco Giants+1000
Los Angeles Dodgers+1000
Boston Red Sox+1000
Baltimore Orioles+1600
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
Detroit Tigers+4000
Seattle Mariners+4000
Miami Marlins+4000
Houston Astros+5000
Pittsburgh Pirates+5000
New York Mets+5000
Kansas City Royals+5000
New York Yankees+10000
Colorado Rockies+20000

Odds as of August 23 at Bovada

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone and although it lacked the dramatics of last year’s deadline, many top contenders were still able to fill some holes with proven big league talent.

The Texas Rangers may have made the biggest splash on deadline day when they acquired one of the league’s top catchers, Jonathan Lucroy, from the Brewers, along with veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran from the Yankees. Both players will provide a nice bump to an already strong offense, while Lucroy is a massive upgrade behind the plate. At +650 to win the World Series, the Rangers have the best odds of any American League team.

With names like Chris Archer and Chris Sale being thrown around, the Dodgers were expected to do something significant, but they needed to settle for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill coming over from Oakland. Hill, who’s currently on the DL with a blister on his throwing hand, will immediately be slotted into LA’s starting rotation when he returns. With a 2.25 ERA through 14 starts, the 36-year-old is having the best statistical year of his career. The Dodgers offer nice value at +1600, especially if ace Clayton Kershaw returns.

Another National League team in the mix was the New York Mets who added a much-needed bat with the acquisition of Jay Bruce. Bruce and his 28 home runs will hit near the top of the Mets order in hopes of giving a boost to the league’s 28th ranked offense during the stretch run. The Mets’ World Series odds currently sit at +2800. At 7.5 games back of the Nationals in the NL East, if the Mets make the playoffs, they’ll likely be doing so as a wild card.

In the days leading up to deadline day, a few of the league’s top closers changed uniforms with Mark Melancon going to the Nats (+750), and the league’s hardest thrower, Aroldis Chapman, coming back to the NL to shut things down for the Cubs. The Cubs’ futures price tag hasn’t budged much, with their odds to win the World Series sitting at +350.  

Other significant contender acquisitions include the Giants (+650) adding a couple of lefty arms in reliever Will Smith from the Brewers and starter Matt Moore from the Rays, while the Blue Jays (+900) acquired veteran starter Francisco Liriano.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+350
San Francisco Giants+650
Texas Rangers+650
Cleveland Indians+750
Washington Nationals+750
Toronto Blue Jays+900
Boston Red Sox+1200
Baltimore Orioles+1600
Los Angeles Dodgers+1600
Houston Astros+1800
Detroit Tigers+2000
New York Mets+2800
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
Miami Marlins+3300
Seattle Mariners+5000
Pittsburgh Pirates+6600
Kansas City Royals+7500
Chicago White Sox+7500
New York Yankees+7500
Colorado Rockies+10000
Los Angeles Angels+50000
Oakland Athletics+50000
Philadelphia Phillies+50000
Milwaukee Brewers+50000
San Diego Padres+100000

Odds as of August 2 at Bovada

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With the MLB All-Star break a few days away, it’s become clear who some of the contenders are and who many of the pretenders are, but where can MLB futures bettors get the best bang for their buck?

It’s certainly not with the current favorite Chicago Cubs and their +325 price tag. Sure, they’re the best team in baseball, but with 70+ games still left to be played, there’s a lot of risk there for a small reward. They’ve been hovering around that price for a while now, and as I wrote in mid-May, there’s more than just the risk of injury that Cubs’ futures bettors should be concerned with.

Where to find your value at this point of the season is with teams who might not quite be there, but are on the cusp of being a serious contender. My two picks — the +2000 Houston Astros and the +3300 St. Louis Cardinals.

After an awful start to the season where they went 7-17 in April, the Astros have turned it around, going 17-12 in May, then 18-8 in June. After opening the season at +1600, they fell all the way to +4000, but their current run has put them in contention for a playoff spot. It took a while for this team to hit their stride, but they’re a balanced ball club who’ve given up the second-fewest runs in the American League, while their buzzsaw trio of Altuve, Springer and Correa is about as formidable as they come in the bigs. Even Dallas Keuchel is showing signs of possibly getting his act together, thanks to four straight starts of allowing three runs or less.

If things keep going the way they are in Houston, +2000 is the best price you’ll get them at between now and playoff time.

On to a Cardinals team that’s pretty much comprised of the same roster that won 100 games last season, minus Jason Heyward, plus a healthy Adam Wainwright. Still hovering above the .500 mark, the Cards are in contention for a playoff spot but are somehow double the price of the Mets who are barely ahead of them in the Wild Card standings. I’m not quite sure what turned oddsmakers off of St. Louis, who entered the season at +1800, but they currently have a winning record over the Cubs and Giants — the two best teams in the NL — and have the third most runs in all of baseball.

The fact that they’re grouped in with the Tigers and Mariners at +3300 is almost nonsensical. It’s worth noting that the Cards were baseball’s fifth-best team in the second half last season. A repeat performance this season could see them shoot toward the top of the futures board. Get in on the value while you still can.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+325
San Francisco Giants+550
Texas Rangers+700
Cleveland Indians+750
Washington Nationals+900
Baltimore Orioles+1400
Boston Red Sox+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+1400
New York Mets+1600
Los Angeles Dodgers+2000
Houston Astros+2000
Kansas City Royals+2800
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
Seattle Mariners+3300
Detroit Tigers+3300
Chicago White Sox+5000
Pittsburgh Pirates+5000
Miami Marlins+5000
New York Yankees+6600
Arizona Diamondbacks+15000
Colorado Rockies+20000
Los Angeles Angels+30000
Tampa Bay Rays+30000
Oakland Athletics+30000
Philadelphia Phillies+30000
San Diego Padres+50000
Milwaukee Brewers+50000
Minnesota Twins+200000
Cincinnati Reds+200000
Atlanta Braves+200000

Odds as of July 7 at Bovada

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