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2018 MLB World Series Outright Odds, Prediction
Odds are courtesy of Bodog.eu.
Houston Astros (+450)
The rich got a little richer in the off-season as the Houston Astros added another arm to what is already a potent starting rotation. The addition of right-hander Gerrit Cole to the rotation, which already includes Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, puts the Astros in great position to defend their crown in 2018. Jose Altuve, the reigning American League MVP, also comes in looking to improve on a remarkable 2017 in which the second baseman finished with a .346 batting average. Coming off a 101-win season with a +196 run differential, look for the Astros to challenge for another World Series and become the first team in 18 years to win consecutive crowns.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+550)
The Dodgers are coming off an incredible 2017 season — posting a 104-58 record to win the NL Pennant. However, the club fell one win shy of capturing its first World Series title since 1988. Can the Dodgers finally snap that slump in 2018? When you have Clayton Kershaw — arguably the best pitcher in the game — on the mound, that can only increase your chances. The Dodgers were offensively gifted, but it was the team’s stellar defense and sound pitching that got them to the World Series. Kenley Jensen is Los Angeles’ shutdown pitcher in the ninth as the closer posted 41 saves in 2017.
New York Yankees (+600)
The New York Yankees went out and added more power to an already lethal batting order in the off-season. With the addition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton in December, the Yankees vaulted to the top of the outright odds for World Series champions. Who will really want to face Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Stanton on a daily basis? If you think the Yankees’ 241 home-run total from a season ago was a lot, the club may reach new heights with those three players alone in the upcoming campaign. The question remains if it will be enough to get the Yankees its first championship since 2009.
Cleveland Indians (+700)
Based on the 2017 standings, the Cleveland Indians are still the team to beat in the American League. The Tribe posted a league-best 102 victories, one better than the defending World Series champion Astros. Cleveland still boasts one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, both starting rotation and bullpen. That pitching staff held opponents to just 564 runs against in 2017, which ranked first in the entire league. On top of that, the Indians crossed home plate 818 times for a run differential of +254. With those kinds of stats, bettors can expect the Indians to be in the running for the World Series in 2018.
Chicago Cubs (+750)
The Chicago Cubs lost a key piece to their 2016 championship roster when Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite that, Chicago still boasts a strong rotation, that features Yu Darvish and Jon Lester. Coming off another NL Central title finishing with an impressive record of 92-70, the Cubs should be in line to win their division once again. Runs were easy to come by last season as the Cubbies were led by their 1-2 punch of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Both of these stars can easily hit 30 home runs while carrying averages of .300 throughout the season. Take the +750 line on the Cubs while it lasts.
Washington Nationals (+850)
Several baseball experts are picking the Washington Nationals to come out of the National League. Oddsmakers aren’t as high on the Nats to win it all — at least not at this point of the MLB season. However, the Nationals will be a sexy pick for many bettors hitting the online sportsbooks to put their money on an early World Series favourite. Washington fell three wins shy of hitting the 100-victory mark, but with a healthy Bryce Harper in the lineup, expect the Nationals to win the NL East and make a serious run for the World Series title in 2018.
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