2016 World Series Futures Odds & Predictions

Rafael Montero pitching during a game.

Friday, September 16, 2016 9:24 PM GMT

Our MLB handicapping professional shares his two best World Series picks. Go inside to read this compelling betting article that touches upon all 18 teams still mathematically alive.

According to the World Series futures odds posted at Bovada, 18 teams remain alive to win the 2016 MLB World Championship Trophy. However, 4 of those teams are only included because they haven't been mathematically eliminated. Otherwise, the Pirates (+30,000), Marlins (+20,000), Royals (+7500), and Astros (+6600) will be watching the Fall Classic as spectators, barring something highly dubious taking place.

2016 World Series Odds
The numbers displayed below reflect MLB betting odds as of Thursday 9/15 courtesy of Bovada, which is widely recognized as one of the best sportsbooks per a rating guide updated daily.

Teams & their odds
Cubs +250
Nationals +600
Rangers +600
Red Sox +800
Indians +800
Dodgers +800
Blue Jays +1200
Orioles +2000
Giants +2200
Mets +2800
Tigers +2800
Cardinals + 3300
Mariners +4000
Yankees +5000
Astros +6600
Royals +7500
Marlins + 20000
Pirates +30000


“Close But No Cigar”


New York Mets (+2800)
After looking like they were dead in the water a few weeks back, the Mets have made a late season surge. As a matter of fact, if the season were to have ended last night (9/14), New York would be in, and set to host a wild card game against San Francisco. Unfortunately, they still have 16 regular season games left to play. Their starting pitching rotation has been ravaged by injuries, and this is a team which has struggled offensively for a good portion of 2016. Sooner or later those flaws will eventually cost them down the stretch.

Detroit Tigers (+2800)
It was a tossup between Baltimore and Detroit as I saw capturing the final American League wild card berth. At the end of the day, I opted for Baltimore due to their stellar 45-25 (.643) home record, and playing 11 of their remaining 17 games at Camden Yards.

Seattle Mariners (+2800)
By virtue of winning their 8th straight game last night, Seattle went from +4000 World Series Futures Odds to +2800 in less than 24 hours. Beyond Felix Hernandez, I'm not enamored with their starting pitching rotation, and the Mariners bullpen is a real enigma.

New York Yankees (+5000)
This team has been fun to watch since they dumped some veterans and substantial salaries at the trade deadline. They've opted to go with a youth this past two months, and the kids have rewarded them with an unlikely winning wave. Although they're only 2.0 games in back of Baltimore for the final AL wild card spot, their improbable run will come to an end sooner rather than later.

My Playoff Team Predictions

  • AL East: Boston Red Sox (+800)
  • AL Central: Cleveland Indians (+800)
  • AL West: Texas Rangers (+600)
  • AL Wild Card #1: Toronto Blue Jays (+1200)
  • AL Wild Card #2: Baltimore Orioles (+2200)
  • NL East: Washington Nationals (+600)
  • NL Central: Chicago Cubs (+250)
  • NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers (+800)
  • NL Wild Card #1: San Francisco Giants (+2200)
  • NL Wild Card #2: St. Louis Cardinals (+3300)

Best American League Pick

Boston Red Sox (+800)
I like David Price and Rick Porcello at the top of this starting pitching rotation, and more so than any of the other American League challengers. Boston possesses a nice blend of veterans and youth in the lineup, and can score runs at a rampant pace. I have this sneaky feeling, “Big Papi” is going to have a monster postseason during this final year of illustrious career. The Red Sox are my 2016 World Series pick on the AL side of the bracket.

Best National League Pick

Chicago Cubs (+250)
Boy do I hate betting chalks. Nevertheless, with all things considered, and at this late juncture, +250 is still a pretty decent price on a team that's dominated since day one of the 2016 campaign. Chicago unequivocally has to best overall starting rotation in baseball, and is offensively as good as any world championship contender. Now the question becomes, can they end their embarrassing 108-year drought without a world championship? One of my MLB predictions is banking on that answer being an emphatic yes.