Best Wild Card Bets for 2014 MLB Futures

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:15 PM GMT

For those thinking about MLB odds for futures wagers to win the World Series or league championships, there have been plenty of examples of Wild Card success. 

With the days to the baseball season dwindling to a precious number, for a few non-division winners, there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel as a wild card entrant to make the postseason.

All together since 1997, there has been five Wild Card champions – Florida (1997 and 2003), L.A. Angels (2002), Boston (2004), and St. Louis (2011), meaning that three consecutive titles were won by a wild card teams. (2002–2004). Also, from 2002 to 2007, one of the Fall Classic participants was a wild card club.

Yet MLB baseball handicappers and sportsbooks (like Bodog) alike considered that an anomaly and find only one non-division winner has taken home the trophy in the past decade. Nonetheless, you earn your way into the playoffs, so you still have a shot and like anyone making MLB picks, all you want is a chance.

Here are the latest Wild Card updates.

 

American League
Oakland has continued to hang on the lead for the top Wild Card spot by winning three of the last five contests. It would seem like the Athletics would have to lose their remaining five contests to fall out of the chase and is set presently to host the Wild Card play-in game to advance further.

As I have written about in the last couple of weeks with my free picks, when the Athletics stopped hitting, they gave away their biggest edge, dominance. Yes, the starting pitching has not been fantastic like it was early in the season, but with an only better than average bullpen, more of their warts were exposed and this is why Oakland is only 45-51 in games determined by three or fewer runs and 41-20 in all the rest. The MLB odds are in the A’s favor to survive and advance.

After watching this play out the last two months, one could surmise neither Detroit nor Kansas City wants to win the AL Central. At various times just when you thought one team would take charge, they lose three of four, while the club chasing would go 3-1 and tighten the race.

The Tigers should have the edge, playing the White Sox and Twins at home, but after losing the homestand opener to Chicago, you just never know with this team.

Kansas City on the other hand is just trying desperately to end this 28-year playoff drought and however that can get in, they would take. Their task is harder playing all road games at Cleveland and the White Sox and if they fail, they can point to losing four of six to the Tigers this month.

After being a terrific road team all season, Seattle picked a rotten time to cool off. A late season road trip under pressure is far different than mid-summer stroll around the country. The Mariners began the road excursion 42-28, but are just 3-6 with two remaining in Toronto before heading back to Coffee-Town to take on the Angels. Seattle has to essentially win out and needs every team ahead them to lose. Good Luck!

From these articles, I also got a few emails from Yankees fans wondering why I never mentioned them as possible Wild Card team. As I explained, I never thought New York was ever in the race, more on the far away fringes. As of this morning the Yankees would have to go 5-0 and both Oakland and Kansas City would have to finishing 0-5, just to tie. That’s why I never mentioned them.

 

National League
With Clayton Kershaw pitching, using the L.A. Dodgers for  would be a smart choice and could win the NL West this evening. If that were to occur and Pittsburgh wins tonight also, the Pirates would in awesome position of having a two-game lead for the top National League Wild Card slot with just four days left in the regular season.

That would all but set up a San Francisco at Pittsburgh Wild Card showdown next week.