MLB Futures Odds: Best Value?
It looks like another wide open year in the bigs, with a lot of parity in terms of the baseball odds. Let's see what the top sportsbooks are offering for our futures baseball picks.
Detroit Tigers (+750)
With Victor Martinez back healthy and Torii Hunter brought on board, the Tigers are locked and loaded for another attempt at a deep run in October.
This Detroit team is stacked in the middle of the order, with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combining for 74 HR and 247 RBI last season.
When you toss in a staff that features a true ace in Justin Verlander and solid hurlers such as Max Scerzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez, you have to like the Tigers' chances of sniffing another World Series berth.
Washington Nationals (+800)
Here's another team you need to take very seriously. The Nationals burst onto the scene last year thanks to a wonderful pitching staff and will be right back in the mix of things in 2013.
Stephen Strasburg was electrifying before hitting his innings limit, and Gio Gonzalez (2.89 ERA) and Jordan (2.94 ERA) were excellent as well.
A full season from Jayson Werth, assuming he can stay healthy, along with more improvement from Bryce Harper could really take Washington to the next level. The fact the Nationals were able to snag Rafael Soriano, who had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA after taking over for Mariano Rivera in New York, is only icing on the cake.
Los Angeles Angels (+850)
Another huge splash in free agency has the Angels primed for a potentially dominant season in the AL West.
This time around it was the signing of Josh Hamilton that stole the headlines. Afters slugging 43 home runs to go along with 128 RBI in 2012, Hamilton joins up with an Angels roster that already has the likes of Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo.
Jered Weaver was simply outstanding last season as the ace of the staff, recording a 20-5 W/L record while sporting a 2.81 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Assuming the Angels can get more out of C.J. Wilson and solid seasons out of Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton, they're going to be tough to beat.
Toronto Blue Jays (+850)
The Blue Jays were the most active team over the offseason and will take a revamped batting order and pitching rotation into the start of the new season.
Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera will join forces with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to form a deadly lineup for opposing AL pitchers to deal with.
Pitching was what needed addressing most though and Toronto definitely wasn't shy. They went out and got an ace (R.A. Dickey) and also snapped up Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from Miami. Don't forget about Brandow Morrow (10-7, 2.96 ERA) either, who was very effective when healthy last season.
Other Notables: Los Angeles Dodgers (+1000), Cincinnati Reds (+1100), New York Yankees (+1300), Texas Rangers (+1400), San Francisco Giants (+1500), Atlanta Braves (+1600), St. Louis Cardinals (+1700)
Of these, we like the price on the Braves. They brought over Justin Upton from Arizona, re-uniting him with his brother, have a deadly one-two punch atop their rotation with Tim Hudson and Kris Medlen, and have the best closer in the bigs in Craig Kimbrel.
If all goes well, it's hard not to get reeled in by those baseball odds on the Dodgers too. They've got Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier, and could maybe even get a bounce-back season from Carl Crawford if he recovers fully. Plus, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke on the same staff is serious business.