We have the latest betting odds for what teams could win the World Series in 2014, and have it broken down into groups. The familiar suspects are still at the top and a host of team’s one step back.
Here is an early July look at the real contenders and pretenders for the Fall Classic in October for your future MLB picks consideration.
Head of the Class
With their recent play, three Major League teams have separated themselves from the pack. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit were the MLB odds on favorite to face off in the World Series, and they remain prime contenders.
The Dodgers have elevated their play with a 17-9 record since early June, and are back in contention in the NL West. Los Angeles is playing to their lofty capabilities and their starting pitching and bullpen has been locked in. According to sportsbooks, they are still the top choice at +575 and seemingly only the Dodgers can mess this up.
Detroit dropped a notch to the third spot at +670; however, they might be moving right back up, being victorious in 11 of their last 13 encounters. Though the starting pitchers lost their way in the first part of June, they have since rebounded. The offense has perked up in averaging 5.5 runs per game and baseball handicappers again have the Tigers as a Play On team.
Oakland has been the most consistent top team all season and is right behind the Dodgers at +600. The only real question about the Athletics is do they have enough top level starting pitching to compete with the other teams we have already mentioned in pressure-packed situations? The A’s can score, but will their pitching hold up?
The Next Tier Down
San Francisco has gone through a horrendous 5-16 slide which has raised many questions about this team. They are still high on the futures list at +850, yet the way they have played makes than very unreliable at this time. Let’s see if they return to prior form and if they do and their odds would fall to +800 or less, at least there would be a comfort level knowing the Giants just went through a rugged period.
Next up is Washington at +900 and manager Matt Williams is presently go through what Don Mattingly did early in the season. With Bryce Harper back, he has one too many starting players and essentially every day somebody will be unhappy having to sit. Harper has made the situation worse by sharing his thoughts in the media one game back after missing 57, which does not help the skipper. The ability is there, nonetheless, does this group have the intestinal fortitude to persevere?
The Rest of the Pack has Pluses and Minuses
It is genuinely hard to muster much enthusiasm for St. Louis (+1150) and Toronto (+1200). The Cardinals have no reliable offense and will need to make a trade with one of their talented young pitchers to add some punch to the lineup card.
Toronto can score runs in bunches with their home run power, unfortunately when making sports picks on futures, you will look at pitching and the Blue Jays come up short in that department. If Toronto could secure David Price, this changes their dynamic. For what we know today, using either of these teams for MLB picks on World Series wagers is throwing money into the street.
On the other hand, longer shots from Anaheim and Milwaukee offer value.
The L.A. Angels (+1500) have the makings of an offense which is reminiscent of a decade ago, with big boppers and role players who can hit and run. The Halos have five really solid starters with Tyler Skaggs back, making this a potentially imposing crew.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the Rodney Dangerfield of baseball. In spite of having the best record in the National League, four other teams are ahead of them to be playing baseball in late October. Though the Brew Crew has the offense (2nd in NL) and solid starters, they lack the star power and do no bludgeon opponents like Oakland who is similar to them. However, Milwaukee is arguably more fundamentally sound than their competitors and are worth a look.