The World Series future odds are out and odds makers are favoring the National League in a major way. With the Los Angeles Angels at +415 betting odds, it appears that the World Series Title is up for grabs this season.
The Los Angeles Angels were the most improved team in the MLB from last season, but we have an open field as this baby is up for grabs. Let's takes a look at some of the top World Series contenders and the odds provided by Bookmaker Sportsbook.
Los Angeles Angels +415
There are still some wild card games remaining, which are actually "play-in" games, but the Halos have a spot reserved with the number ones spot. My only concern would be losing momentum at the end of the regular season due to the fact that the Angels have had secured a post-season spot for some time now.
The Angels are led by potentially the best player in baseball in Mike Trout. Trout is a 5-tool player that can do it all. He will use his body in the field and win at any cost. The American League MVP winner hasn't been decided and it's between Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers and Mike Trout.
The only negative to Trout's game this season is that he hit a mid-season slump, leaving his batting average at .287 to go along with 36 HR and 111 RBI. The combination of Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout has set the table for the Angels all season and will also do so in the playoffs. One setback is the Angels missing their ace, Garrett Richards, and this can mean the difference in winning it all and losing as pitching is so important.
Washington Nationals +445
I'm not so sure that the Nats are deserving of these odds. They possess a solid pitching staff with Gio Gonzalez who is surely not the same and a very deep offensive lineup, but with no legitimate superstars. If your looking for a deep team in which any player like Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche or Denard Span can step up on any given day, then this is your team to bet. I would stay from this team and the odds aren't appealing.
Los Angeles Dodgers +463
We're just talking about pitching and the Dodgers have the potential NL Cy Young Award Winner in Clayton Kershaw (21-3, 1.77) and the NL MVP. Kershaw put up one of the best pitching seasons in the modern era and appears to be dominant. If the Dodgers get into a tough series down the road, you can bet that Kershaw will be overused. Along with Kershaw, L.A. features Zack Greinke and with this duo and a formidable offense led by a surging Matt Kemp, this team has a legitimate shot at the title.
Detroit Tigers +651
This is where it gets interesting as you have a Tigers team that can do it all. They have a three-headed monster in their pitching staff of David Price, Max Scherzer, and Justin Verlander and another three headed monster in their offense of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez. If you're looking for a complete team, this is it. The only drawback is the last series of the season the way that the lowly Minnesota Twins battered the Tigers and made them work for the AL Central Division Title. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Baltimore Orioles +654
To me, the last of the major contenders are the O's, who dominated the American League East Division winning the regular season by a double-digit margin. The Orioles will be without slugger Chris Davis due to use of amphetamines, but still possess an imposing lineup with Steve Pearce, home run king Nelson Cruz, and Adam Jones. The Orioles are a little light in pitching and that's their Achilles heel. Still, a dangerous team.
St. Louis Cardinals +850
I'm not buying what this team has to offer and will not recommend a World Series Futures MLB pick on them. Their offensive statistics took a major drop this season and Adam Wainwright is their only pitcher that scares me. This team, featuring Matt Holliday and Matt Adams, is a pretender not a contender.
Longshot: Pittsburgh Pirates +1199
The Pirates are coming into the post-season with a lot of momentum. One particular player that's impressed me has been leadoff man, Josh Harrison. When Andrew McCutcheon was out with injury, Harrison carried this team on his back and I see no let up in his game. They might be a wild-card team, but this team is dangerous. They have a surprisingly strong pitching staff and players like McCutcheon and Harrison that bring it every game. This could be considered a solid free pick if you're not willing to choose chalk.