MLB: Future Value
Since we last looked, there's been a little shuffling at the top in terms of who's favored to bring home the World Series. Here are the notable changes and current landscape of the MLB future odds.
Los Angeles Angels (+700)
Previously listed at +850, the Angels have now taken over the top spot in the list, jumping ahead of the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals in the process.
It seems the public is loving L.A.'s chances of a title. With Mike Trout entering his second year, a heart of the order that includes Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and Mark Trumbo, and a true ace in Jared Weaver, it's hard to disagree with the clamoring.
In their season opener, the Angels outlasted Cincinnati to win 3-1 in extra innings, with Chris Iannetta coming through with a bases-loaded single. Tonight they'll send out CJ Wilson for game two of the series.
Detroit Tigers (+725)
The Tigers are also getting the love, as they've moved up from +750 to +725. Detroit had previously been the overall favorite, but recent action has them just behind the Angels at the moment.
It's hard not to like the Tigers' chances of making another run come October. They have all the necessary pieces and a manager that knows what to do with them.
Behind a solid season debut from Justin Verlander, the Tigers held on for a 4-2 win in their series opener in Minnesota. Can Anibal Sanchez come through with a quality start when he takes the mound in game two of the series tonight?
Washington Nationals (+800)
Staying right where they were previously on the list, the Nationals remain a top-three favorite to win the World Series this season.
Their season debut didn't hurt the steam, that's for sure. Stephen Strasburg pitched a gem and Bryce Harper sent two into the seats in Washington's opening-day win.
Loaded with easily one of the most talented pitching rotations from top to bottom, the Nationals are going to be floating near the top throughout the season. If Harper is as good as expected in his second year, watch out.
Other Interesting Movements:
Toronto Blue Jays (+850 to +1000)
The Blue Jays should be fine, but the transformation isn't going to happen over night. It's going to take some time for this team to gel and reach their full potential. They were soundly beaten by Cleveland in their season opener. So, keep this in mind when making your updated future MLB picks.
Cincinnati Reds (+1100 to +1300)
We think the Reds will mount a serious challenge after breaking out last season, so we're not reading too much into this line change.
New York Yankees (+1300 to +2000)
Numerous injuries are going to be tough for the Yankees to overcome early on. They're without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson right now, meaning runs are going to be hard to come by.