BASEBALL HANDICAPPING – MLB FUTURES ODDS
Looking for our updated 2018 World Series Futures Betting Odds and predictions? Did you know now is the best time to bet on which MLB team will win next year’s World Series? Did you know you can bet on that at any time during the season? Getting in early and studying the MLB futures odds now gives bettors a good sampling of what they can expect from each of the league’s 30 franchises, and a decent amount of information with which bettors can re-evaluate the futures board.
MLB Predictions & Handicapping Insight
Here’s a look at three favorites, three teams from the middle of the pack, and three long shots to win the 2018 World Series.
Updated March 2018 World Series Futures Betting Odds for 2018
Houston Astros +550
It was inevitable that the Astros would eventually break through and win a World Series given the exceptional level of talent that was rising through their minor league system – the only surprise was how quickly they were able to do it.
There hasn’t been too much roster turnover, and the addition of Gerrit Cole is very intriguing. Even so, repeating as champions is very tough.
New York Yankees +600
The Yankees made the biggest splash of the offseason when they acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins for a song. He makes an already potent lineup a dangerous one, though there is some concern about their reliance on the long ball, and the pitching staff could have used an upgrade.
Chicago Cubs +700
The addition of Yu Darvish means a lot less than it could have now that Jake Arrieta has signed in Philly, and there are some questions about the back end of their bullpen, but the Cubs remain one of the few elite teams in the National League, making a playoff appearance all but certain. And Joe Maddon has proven he can navigate the team where it needs to go from there.
The World Series Futures Betting Odds Play: Cubs +700
Minnesota Twins +2000
The Twins aren’t known for making major offseason upgrades, but the team supplemented their very potent offense with some significant upgrades to its starting rotation, and that should have this surprise 2017 playoff team back in the hunt.
Los Angeles Angels +2500
The Angels are one of the more intriguing teams entering 2018. For years they’ve squandered Mike Trout’s talents, but now they’ve built a nice lineup around him. The key piece, however, was Shohei Ohtani, and he’s nowhere near ready to contribute.
Milwaukee Brewers +3000
The Brewers, who finished one game back of a playoff spot in 2018, made some legitimate upgrades in the offseason. They’ll be able to score runs, that much we know, but the pitching staff does still have some question marks around it.
The World Series Futures Betting Odds Play: Twins +2000
Seattle Mariners +5000
Not a lot of roster turnover for the Mariners in the offseason, and their two big bats are both a year older, but this is a team that seems to perennially underachieve. If the right guys get hot at the right time, the Mariners could be a force in the postseason. And grabbing Dee Gordon in the Marlins’ fire sale is a nice addition to a team that wants to steal more bases.
Colorado Rockies +5500
If they didn’t play in the loaded N.L. West, the Rockies might find themselves more of a favorite to make it through to the World Series. Their fixation on their bullpen is curious, but there’s a lot of talent on this roster, and the N.L. West did produce three playoff teams a year ago.
Chicago White Sox +20000
The White Sox have done some good things with their roster, and are shaping up to be a potential impact team within the next few years. They’re still a ways off before being a viable option on the futures board, but they’re a team to monitor.
The World Series Futures Betting Odds Play: Rockies +5500
Here are the remaining 2018 World Series Futures Betting Odds in their entirety:
- Los Angeles Dodgers +550
- Cleveland Indians +700
- Washington Nationals +900
- Boston Red Sox +1000
- St. Louis Cardinals +2200
- San Francisco Giants +3000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +3500
- New York Mets +3500
- Toronto Blue Jays +3500
- Philadelphia Phillies +6500
- Pittsburgh Pirates +12000
- Atlanta Braves +20000
- Oakland Athletics +20000
- San Diego Padres +20000
- Tampa Bay Rays +20000
- Texas Rangers +20000
- Baltimore Orioles +22000
- Cincinnati Reds +30000
- Detroit Tigers +50000
- Kansas City Royals +50000
- Miami Marlins +50000
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