St. Louis is suddenly relevant in the NL Central race, while Seattle has pushed its way into the AL Wild Card discussion as we take an updated look at some of the MLB futures odds.
On the surface, there appears to be only two sure things when it comes to this year’s MLB playoffs, and that is the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals will be there. Maybe three certainties if you believe the Houston Astros can’t blow the big AL West lead they built in the first half. After that, all bets are off.
Only all bets are not off with baseball futures odds still available and, in some cases, presenting some juicy opportunities if the right wager is made. A couple of teams making a push after playing sub-.500 baseball most of the first four months are the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals, and both have seen their World Series paydays double since before the 2017 campaign got underway.
Cardinals Offense Heating Up To Fuel Win Streak
St. Louis was a 25/1 choice to win the World Series back in spring training, and BetOnline now has the Cardinals on a 50/1 return. The Redbirds are actually closer to pulling ahead in the NL Central right now than they are to claiming an NL Wild Card slot, a game behind the Cubs and 5½ out of the second runner-up position. Obviously, manager Mike Matheny would prefer a division title over a 1-game showdown in the Wild Card round.
The Cardinals just recently climbed back over .500 for the first time since May after a nice road trip and 4-game interleague sweep of the Kansas City Royals, who have seen their AL playoff chances dim a bit with a poor start to August (2-8). St. Louis began a weekend home series Friday against the Braves on a 6-game win streak, and they’ve been combining good pitching with timely hitting to return to prominence in the postseason hunt, Lance Lynn a big factor in the former while Dexter Fowler’s return from the DL has sparked the latter, the Cards plating 50 in their most recent five wins.
Seattle Bullpen Comes Through In Wake Of Rotation Injuries
Seattle was also a 25/1 selection for a World Series title back in March, and that potential payoff now at 50/1. Unlike St. Louis, the Mariners are a distant 13 games out in the AL West chase though they have already tied the Rays for the second AL Wild Card position and are just 2½ back of a slumbering Yankees squad.
Seattle has won or tied seven of its eight series since the All-Star break, putting 6.25 units of profit into the pockets of bettors following the M’s on the MLB odds. The bullpen has been an asset all season, and it has needed to be with all the injuries the Mariners have suffered in the starting rotation. Seattle relievers rank fifth in the AL with a 3.90 ERA, and the corps incudes one of the most underrated setup arms in the bigs in Nick Vincent.
The final seven weeks of the campaign promise to be exciting and SBR promises to keep delivering plenty of analysis and free baseball picks until the playoffs arrive.