Champion Astros, Tanking Marlins on Opposite Ends of 2018 Win Totals

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 1:09 PM UTC

It has been an odd offseason in Major League Baseball with several big-name free agents still on the market. That hasn’t stopped CG Technology from releasing its 2018 win totals.

Believe it or not, spring training is upon us. The first two teams to have pitchers and catchers report are the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates on Feb. 12. The Major League Baseball Players’ Association has hinted at collusion by the owners because there have been so few big-name free-agent signings this offseason. Several potential difference-makers remain on the market.

Owners have blamed unreasonable expectations by agents for the backlog; it’s also clear that general managers are using analytics more than ever and aren’t going to be handing out eight-year contracts to guys who are above age 30. You also have the luxury tax in play as well for the big-spending teams like the Yankees and Dodgers, and some teams perhaps saving their money for the mega-class of free agents next winter led by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw.

So, it had to be difficult for any sportsbook to roll out the 2018 win totals, but CG Technology has. These no doubt will change some when the likes of Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and a few others finally sign on the dotted line. To no surprise, the defending World Series champion Houston Astros have the highest win total and the tanking Miami Marlins the lowest.

SBR Forum will start previewing the 2018 season heavily over the next several weeks. Play ball! The regular season opens March 29. That’s the earliest Opening Day ever. The final day of the season is scheduled for Sept. 30.

American League
  • Baltimore Orioles 77.5 (u-125)
  • Boston Red Sox 91.5 (u-120)
  • Chicago White Sox 68.5 (o-125)
  • Cleveland Indians 93.5 (u-120)
  • Detroit Tigers 68.5 (o-130)
  • Houston Astros 96.5 (-110)
  • Kansas City Royals 76.5 (u-135)
  • L.A. Angels 84.5 (-110)
  • Minnesota Twins 82.5 (u-125)
  • New York Yankees 93.5 (-110)
  • Oakland A’s 74.5 (o-125)
  • Seattle Mariners 81.5 (o-120)
  • Tampa Bay Rays 76.5 (-110)
  • Texas Rangers 78.5 (-110)
  • Toronto Blue Jays 81.5 (u-130)

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It's been as challenging a week making MLB season win totals as I can remember with so many key free agents still available. I suppose as guys get signed it will certainly spark some betting.

— Matthew Holt (@MatthewHoltVP) February 7, 2018

National League
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 86.5 (u-125)
  • Atlanta Braves 73.5 (-110)
  • Chicago Cubs 93.5 (u-125)
  • Cincinnati Reds 71.5 (-110)
  • Colorado Rockies 82.5 (u-130)
  • L.A. Dodgers 95.5 (u-120)
  • Miami Marlins 64.5 (o-120)
  • Milwaukee Brewers 81.5 (-110)
  • New York Mets 80.5 (o-125)
  • Philadelphia Phillies 74.5 (-110)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 76.5 (-110)
  • San Diego Padres 69.5 (o-120)
  • San Francisco Giants 81.5 (-110)
  • St. Louis Cardinals 84.5 (-110)
  • Washington Nationals 91.5 (-110)
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