The long grind is finally over, and the second season has arrived with the MLB playoffs beginning this week. Join us for a look at update baseball futures odds.
They won 31 out of 35 games during one stretch then dropped 16 out of 17 during another, and that has many wondering just which version of the Los Angeles Dodgers will show up for the MLB playoffs. According to most of the top sports books, it will be the former.
Welcome to October Baseball which could stretch into November if the World Series goes the distance. Updated MLB futures odds suggest that final matchup will pit the Dodgers against Cleveland, most shops listing LA as the team to beat, others having the Indians and all of them putting the numbers in the 3/1 to 4/1 range.
There’s plenty to like about both teams after each won 100+ games during the regular season. Both Cleveland and Los Angeles are looking to end long World Series droughts as well, the Indians in search of their first championship in nearly 70 years while the Dodgers haven’t taken home the trophy since 1988. But sentimentality isn’t worth anything on the scoreboard, and plenty of teams just as hungry will be out to extend those droughts at least one year longer.
Can Cubs Become First Repeat Winner In 17 Years?
The list of those teams starts with the Houston Astros, one of two franchises among the 10 in the playoffs to have never won a World Series. Houston had the top record in the majors for a while during the first half of the schedule, ended up with 101 wins and the AL West title plus led all of baseball in scoring. The Astros are a 5/1 selection to go all the way after closing strong with 14 victories in their final 17 games, and they open the postseason against the Boston Red Sox, champions of the tough AL East and an 8/1 pick to win their fourth crown in 15 seasons. The Astros and Red Sox closed the campaign against one another, and begin their ALDS down in Houston this Thursday.
After ending their long Fall Classic drought last year, the Chicago Cubs will try and become the first back-to-back Series winner since the 1999-2000 New York Yankees. Chicago struggled at times this year, but managed to win the NL Central and is an 8/1 choice to win again. That puts the Cubs just slightly behind NL East champ Washington on the betting board, the Nationals coming in at 7/1 to win the franchise’s first MLB crown. Those two sides get started on Friday with Games 1 and 2 pf their NLDS taking place in the nation’s capital.
Yankees Always A Postseason Threat
Though their paths to the World Series are more arduous, we cannot discount any of the four Wild Card entries. Indeed, it was just three short years ago that we saw two such sides match up in the 2014 Series as the Giants beat the Royals in an exciting 7-game clash. The Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks get to host the play-in games this week, each of those squads carrying 12/1 to 14/1 payoffs to go all the way.
Their initial opponents are the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies, neither of them expected to even sniff the postseason when the year began. Minnesota claimed the second AL Wild Card one season after losing 103 games, Colorado making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
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Season: 83-85-4 (+1.63)