Usual Suspects in MLB: 2018 Might Look a Lot Like 2017

Monday, March 19, 2018 4:37 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 4:37 PM UTC

With the 2018 MLB season starting next week, let’s look at the possible World Series matchup odds for the favorites in each league. We'll even offer a conventional and longshot pick for this niche futures market.

<h3 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" title="MLB Betting Forum">MLB: 2018 World Series Finalists Futures Odds</a></h3><p>Betting in futures markets can often be an exercise in eliminating teams, and with only a handful of teams having a realistic chance to get to the 2018 World Series, being as honest as possible about a team’s chances is paramount in a bettor’s decision-making process. With a marathon 162-game schedule, rosters that are constantly changing, and variables such as injuries and “bad seasons,” one can see why trying to choose the American League and National League winners can be so hard.</p><p>Nine different teams have competed In the past five World Series, with each league sending different teams to the Fall Classic each season except for 2014 and 2015, when the Kansas City Royals represented the American League.</p><p>So what teams legitimately have the best chance of making it to the Series this year? The <a href="" title="MLB Odds">MLB odds board</a> has the New York Yankees and defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers — representing the two biggest markets in the U.S. — as the favorites. <a href="">BetOnline</a> prices a Yankees-Dodgers matchup at 12/1 odds, with a 2017 repeat of the Dodgers and Houston Astros at 14/1 (+1400) in its “Name the Finalists” futures market.</p><p>Opening Day is March 29. The postseason is scheduled to begin October 2, and Game 1 of the World Series is October 23.</p><p><img alt="world series baseball GIF by MLB" src="" style="height:271px;width:480px;" /></p><h2>World Series Matchup Odds</h2><p>Perhaps four teams from each league have a realistic shot to win a pennant -- the Astros, Yankees, Cleveland Indians (+400 to win pennant, <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>) and Boston Red Sox (+545) in the AL; and the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs (+375 to win pennant), Washington Nationals (+390) and San Francisco Giants (+1350) in the NL. Here the World Series matchup odds for the favorites in each league: </p><p>Boston Red Sox-Arizona Diamondbacks +8000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Atlanta Braves +32500</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Chicago Cubs +3000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Cincinnati Reds +32500</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Colorado Rockies +10000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Los Angeles Dodgers +2500</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Miami Marlins +75000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Milwaukee Brewers +6600</p><p>Boston Red Sox-New York Mets +6600</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Philadelphia Phillies +25000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Pittsburgh Pirates +25000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-San Diego Padres +40000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-San Francisco Giants +8000</p><p>Boston Red Sox-St. Louis Cardinals +6600</p><p>Boston Red Sox-Washington Nationals +3000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Arizona Diamondbacks +5000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Atlanta Braves +22500</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Chicago Cubs +2200</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Cincinnati Reds +22500</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Colorado Rockies +6600</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Los Angeles Dodgers +1800</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Miami Marlins +50000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Milwaukee Brewers +5000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-New York Mets +4000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Philadelphia Phillies +17500</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Pittsburgh Pirates +17500</p><p>Cleveland Indians-San Diego Padres +27500</p><p>Cleveland Indians-San Francisco Giants +5000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-St. Louis Cardinals +4000</p><p>Cleveland Indians-Washington Nationals +2200</p><p>Houston Astros-Arizona Diamondbacks +4000</p><p>Houston Astros-Atlanta Braves +17500</p><p>Houston Astros-Chicago Cubs +1800</p><p>Houston Astros-Cincinnati Reds +75000</p><p>Houston Astros-Colorado Rockies +25000</p><p>Houston Astros-Los Angeles Dodgers +1400</p><p>Houston Astros-Miami Marlins +40000</p><p>Houston Astros-Milwaukee Brewers +3300</p><p>Houston Astros-New York Mets +3300</p><p>Houston Astros-Philadelphia Phillies +15000</p><p>Houston Astros-Pittsburgh Pirates +15000</p><p>Houston Astros-San Diego Padres +22500</p><p>Houston Astros-San Francisco Giants +4000</p><p>Houston Astros-St. Louis Cardinals +3300</p><p>Houston Astros-Washington Nationals +1800</p><p>New York Yankees-Arizona Diamondbacks +4000</p><p>New York Yankees-Atlanta Braves +17500</p><p>New York Yankees-Chicago Cubs +1600</p><p>New York Yankees-Cincinnati Reds +17500</p><p>New York Yankees-Colorado Rockies +5000</p><p>New York Yankees-Los Angeles Dodgers +1200</p><p>New York Yankees-Miami Marlins +40000</p><p>New York Yankees-Milwaukee Brewers +3300</p><p>New York Yankees-New York Mets +3300</p><p>New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies +12500</p><p>New York Yankees-Pittsburgh Pirates +12500</p><p>New York Yankees-San Diego Padres +22500</p><p>New York Yankees-San Francisco Giants +4000</p><p>New York Yankees-St. Louis Cardinals +3300</p><p>New York Yankees-Washington Nationals +1600</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Baltimore Orioles +12500</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Boston Red Sox +3000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Chicago White Sox +20000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Cleveland Indians +2200</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Detroit Tigers +50000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Houston Astros +1800</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Kansas City Royals +20000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Angels +4000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Minnesota Twins +10000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-New York Yankees +1600</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Oakland Athletics +20000</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Seattle Mariners +6600</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Rays +12500</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Texas Rangers +12500</p><p>Chicago Cubs-Toronto Blue Jays +6600</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Baltimore Orioles +10000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Boston Red Sox +2500</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago White Sox +15000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Cleveland Indians +1800</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Detroit Tigers +40000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros +1400</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Kansas City Royals +15000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Los Angeles Angels +3300</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Minnesota Twins +8000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Yankees +1200</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Oakland Athletics +15000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Seattle Mariners +5000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Tampa Bay Rays +10000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Texas Rangers +10000</p><p>Los Angeles Dodgers-Toronto Blue Jays +5000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Baltimore Orioles +40000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Boston Red Sox +8000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Chicago White Sox +50000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Cleveland Indians +5000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Detroit Tigers +150000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Houston Astros +4000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Kansas City Royals +50000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Angels +12500</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Minnesota Twins +27500</p><p>San Francisco Giants-New York Yankees +4000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Oakland Athletics +50000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Seattle Mariners +20000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Tampa Bay Rays +35000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Texas Rangers +40000</p><p>San Francisco Giants-Toronto Blue Jays +20000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles +12500</p><p>Washington Nationals-Boston Red Sox +3000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Chicago White Sox +20000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Cleveland Indians +2200</p><p>Washington Nationals-Detroit Tigers +50000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Houston Astros +1800</p><p>Washington Nationals-Kansas City Royals +20000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Los Angeles Angels +4000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Minnesota Twins +27500</p><p>Washington Nationals-New York Yankees +1600</p><p>Washington Nationals-Oakland Athletics +50000</p><p>Washington Nationals-Seattle Mariners +6600</p><p>Washington Nationals-Tampa Bay Rays +12500</p><p>Washington Nationals-Texas Rangers +12500</p><p>Washington Nationals-Toronto Blue Jays +6600</p><p><strong>Free “Name the Finalists" Futures Pick:</strong> Astros-Dodgers 14/1 (<a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>)</p><p><strong>Free “Name the Finalists" Futures Longshot Pick:</strong> Yankees-Giants 40/1 (<a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>)</p>
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