Our MLB capper provides his wagering opinions pertaining to futures odds on all ten playoff participants for the AL & NL. Come check out our breadown of the current lines.
MLB Playoff Futures
It’s time to take a look at the MLB playoffs futures. The American League Wild Card game takes place on Tuesday with the Yankees hosting the Astros. Then on Wednesday it’s the National League Wild Card battle between the Cubs and Pirates. Both are a one game series and win or go home scenarios. All the following MLB betting odds are courtesy of Bovada.
American League Odds
I would steer clear of wagering on the Yankees at all costs. If they’re even able to get by Houston on Tuesday, I don’t see how they can beat anyone else in the postseason field. Their starting pitching rotation leaves a lot to be desired, and became even worse today when it was announced that veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia has been shut down for the year.
The only deterrent I see with the Astros at this enticing price is their road struggles. Houston went a terrific 53-28 (.654) at Minute Maid Park this year, and a woeful 33-48 (.407) in away games. On some positive notes, Houston is second only to Toronto in home runs hit, possesses a solid starting rotation, and has an excellent bullpen. That will be a moot point if they can’t win at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. However, they’ll have a 20 game winner Dallas Keuchel on the mound, and he was fabulous in his only start at Yankee Stadium this year. You can do a lot worse than the Astros at +700.
Texas Rangers (+550)
If you like teams with momentum entering the playoffs, then Texas certainly fits that bill. The combination of a second half surge, and Houston faltering a bit during the past two months, catapulted them to an AL West crown. They’ll certainly have their hands full in the AL Divisional Series against a powerful Toronto Blue Jays lineup. The Rangers have been a nice story, but that book is about to end.
Kansas City Royals (+200)
They may not have the hitting that Toronto has, but their pitching staff is far superior. They went in a bit of a tailspin during September, and managed to recover by ending the year on a five game winning streak. The experience gained by this young team in last year’s tremendous postseason run, surely will pay dividends this time around. They will be tough to beat no matter who the opponent is. They were my preseason choice to win it all, and I’m stubbornly staying with them for one of my MLB picks.
Toronto Blue Jays (+145)
Talk about a torrid second half run. The Blue Jays were unequivocally the hottest team in that regard. This batting order will keep opposing pitching coaches up all night during this postseason. The middle of that lineup with Josh Donaldson, Jorge Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion is a modern day “Murderer’s Row”. Those three hitters have combined to hit 120 home runs and amass 348 runs batted in. The Blue Jays pitching depth leaves a lot to be desired, but they’ll always have a puncher’s chance due to their ability to score runs in bunches.
Pittsburgh Pirates (+500)
There’s no sense discussing the Pirates chances beyond Wednesday night. They’ll have the unenviable task of facing Jake Arrieta and the red-hot Cubs. They’ve faced Arrieta on 5 separate occasions this season, and managed to score a mere 3 earned runs against him in 36.0 innings. It doesn’t sound very promising but you just never know.
Chicago Cubs (+500)
Will this be the year the Cubs finally break through for their diehard fan base? The Cubbies finished the season on an eight game winning streak, and nearly caught Pittsburgh for the top National League wild card spot. They have the security of having a 22 game winner in Jake Arrieta being on the hill for their do or die game on Wednesday. Pending Arrieta pitches as expected, I really like the +500 value on this club.
New York Mets (+325)
The Mets starting pitching rotation, one through five, is arguably the best in these 2015 playoffs. My handicapping conundrum then becomes, can they at least attain a split at home against Dodgers hurlers Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw during in their upcoming NLDS? After struggling offensively during the first half of the year, the Mets bats finally came alive. I’m betting their quality pitching depth will carry them to a National League pennant.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+290)
Facing the Dodgers in a short series with Kershaw and Grienke seems like an overwhelming task for any team. However, we’ve heard that during their last two postseasons, and somehow the Dodgers have come up short. My feeling is that we’ll be seeing a repeat of those past scripts.
St. Louis Cardinals (+210)
The Cardinals pitching and defense has been world championship caliber this season. Contrarily, their offensive numbers resemble a team that’s closer to 100 losses and not 100 wins. At this cheap of a price, and with all things considered, they won’t be getting any of my money being wagered on them.