MLB Betting: Ten Teams In The World Series Mix

Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home

Monday, October 3, 2016 10:22 PM GMT

Major League Baseball begins its playoffs this week, and we've got you primed with MLB futures odds and a quick analysis for all 10 teams in the World Series mix.

 

The long and winding 162-game grind that is a Major League Baseball season has come to a close, and anyone who has been even remotely following events since early-April can tell you things have pretty much belonged to the Chicago Cubs up to now.

Joe Maddon and his team rolls into October with 103 wins, at least eight better than anyone else, and steamrolled to the NL Central title by 17½ games, almost double the margin of any other division winner. It's a roster that features the game's top pitching staff, especially the rotation that led all MLB teams with a sub-3.00 ERA, and an everyday lineup that finished third in scoring (4.98 rpg) while still playing superb defense.

All of that adds up to why the Cubs are an overwhelming favorite to win the World Series, the updated numbers at Bovada listing Chicago as a +275 choice to go all the way.


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Keeping it from being a foregone conclusion they'll go all the way is the fact that deep in the back of everyone's mind is these are the Chicago Cubs, a team said to be cursed and a team that seems to always find a way to avoid winning. After all, it has been 108 years since the Cubs took home the World Series trophy.

If they are going to be taken out of action at any point during the National League playoffs, the MLB odds say it will be the Washington Nationals or Los Angeles Dodgers extending the Cubs' woes at least one more season. Both the Nationals and Dodgers are +600 to win the World Series, and they will be squaring off this Friday to open their best-of-5 division series. If you're looking ahead to a Cubs vs. Washington/LA NLCS, Chicago beat the Nats five of seven during the regular season and took four of seven from the Dodgers.

Just who Chicago faces in the NLDS will be determined Wednesday evening in New York where the Mets host the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card matchup. Neither team is given much of a chance against the Cubs, the Mets +1600 to win the World Series and the Giants at +2000. It's the Mets, and not the Cubs, who have to be the best story among NL playoff teams, New York enduring injury after injury during the regular season yet still managing to play on.

San Francisco would be an interesting pick here if only for their even-year mystique having won the Fall Classic in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Let's not forget that it was the Giants who owned the top MLB record just before the all-star break.

 

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Don't Go To Sleep On The Indians


Over in the AL, it's the Texas Rangers playing the role of chalk as a +500 choice on the MLB odds. Texas will have home-field advantage throughout the postseason by virtue of the American League's top record and the Junior Circuit's 4-2 victory in the All-Star Game. But do the Rangers have the pitching to get the job done?

A lot of folks out there are rooting for a Chicago-Boston clash in the World Series, and the Red Sox are +600 choices to end the Cubs' dream at that point. Boston features the game's most productive lineup plus an underrated bullpen. The X-factor could be David Ortiz, and there are many who believe Big Papi will simply lift the team on his shoulders for one more run before he retires.

Cleveland might be the forgotten team here as a +800 pick to end a 68-year drought since a World Series title. It's a very well-balanced Indians team with a lineup that finished fourth in the majors in scoring (4.83 rpg) and seventh in ERA (3.84).

Getting things started in the AL will be the wild card matchup Tuesday in Toronto where the Blue Jays host the Baltimore Orioles. We'll have a free baseball pick for this contest a little later today, and the Blue Jays are 12/1 while the O's check in at +1200 to win the Series. Both lineups are built around the long ball, Baltimore leading the majors with 253 homers and the Jays fourth with 221; Toronto would have the better starting pitching should the Blue Jays advance to face Texas while the Orioles have a very strong bullpen.

 

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