MLB Betting: Cleveland Indians Next Stop - World Series

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, October 20, 2016 4:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 4:04 PM UTC

The Cleveland Indians made short work of the Toronto Blue Jays and claimed the AL pennant. Let's get an MLB odds update on the team looking to end an almost 70-year World Series drought.


Defying the Odds

Consider for a moment that a few years ago Cleveland was the punch line at the end of a joke. It has been said there are no citizens of Cleveland, only prisoners waiting to escape. Okay, I said that but nobody is joking now as Terry Francona and his band of Indians claimed the AL pennant with a 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday and now await the winner of the Dodgers/Cubs series. Imagine this, only a few months after LeBron James and the Cavaliers derailed the coronation of the Golden State Warriors and claimed their first World Championship ever. I guess Cleveland really does rock.

Prior to the ALCS, the MLB oddsmakers had the Indians vs. the Cubs as a +300 prop and the Indians vs. the Dodgers as a +1150 proposition wager. If you chose the Indians in your MLB picks to enter as the American league World Series entry then you, my friend, can get paid with only a hedge bet on the whichever team emerges from the National League. Currently, the series between LA and Chicago is tied at two apiece.

World Series Odds

As of this Thursday morning writing 5Dimes is posting World Series odds as follows:

Cleveland Indians +142
Chicago Cubs +153
LA Dodgers +335


Now we understand that the Indians would be the favorites at this point because they are the only team of the three guaranteed to actually be competing in the World Series. Thus, their baseball odds are the shortest of the bunch. However, the +335 on the Dodgers looks rather enticing at this moment even after they were shelled 10-2 by the Cubs on Wednesday evening. If they get by Chicago, arguably the best team in baseball with the most regular season wins, then defeating the Indians is well within reach.

However, this Indians edition is unlike any other. Terry Francona is a player's manager and takes all takes all the heat off of his players for even the slightest indiscretion. He was beloved in Boston yet ridden out on a rail by the Red Sox brass who have a curious tendency to fix things when they're not broken. I'm looking at you Don Orsillo.

Francona's crew ended the regular season in the top 10 in the four major offensive categories: 5th in runs scored (777), 6th in batting average (.262), 8th in on-base percentage (.329) and 9th in slugging percentage (.430). The Cleveland pitching was also stout, ranked 7th in team ERA (3.84) and held opposition batters to a .243 batting average, ranking them 5th in the league. While the focus has been on the Cubs throughout the season, it could be that the Indians win a World Series without even facing them. Don't count out Cleveland like you did last June against Golden State. They may just surprise you - again.


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