Swinger's Picks: 2014 World Series & 2018 World Cup

Swinging Johnson

Monday, July 14, 2014 3:13 PM GMT

Germany vanquished Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win the 2014 World Cup but what do the betting odds say about their chances in 2018? Also, what are the odds for the World Series champs to win again?

Simply the Best
The Germans never lost a match during their run through the 2014 World Cup and will be remembered as much for their complete annihilation of Brazil in the semi-finals as they will be for their championship victory over Argentina. Germany was soccer’s version of the San Antonio Spurs, a confluence of harmonious team players, whose adherence to a brilliant teamwork overwhelmed the preternatural play of one historic superstar in LeBron James. In this case Germany’s strength at all positions and unusual depth was simply too much for even a player of Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s ilk.

Germany paid off for all those who decided that -165 in World Cup betting odds was not enough to deter them from laying the lumber by placing their soccer pick on and celebrating right along with all those in Deutschland. Many believed the Germans were a team of destiny the moment they trotted off the field in their 7-1 throttling of Brazil and they were right. Lionel Messi copped the MVP for the tournament but the Golden Ball he took home was just a consolation prize compared to the honor of bringing home granddaddy of all trophies to one’s countrymen.

 

Odds on 2018
We will give you a preview, though this is by no means a complete list, of what the oddsmakers and pundits are dealing for World Cup odds four years from now courtesy of Bet365.com.

Germany +450

Spain +700

Brazil +700

Argentina +800

France +1100

Netherlands +1400

Italy +1400

Belgium +2000

England +2000

Colombia +2500

Portugal +3300

Russia +3300

Chile +4000

Uruguay +5000

USA + 5000

Croatia +6600

Switzerland +8000

Mexico +8000

Ukraine +8000

Turkey +8000

Serbia +10,000

Sweden +10,000

Japan +15,000

 

As you can see the usual suspects are all at the top of the food chain once again and perhaps, regardless of your country of origin, we can all take heart that our nations will be dueling on the field of play rather than on the field of battle.

 

Defending MLB Champs Coming Alive?
The Boston Red Sox have underwhelmed and disappointed both fans and sports bettors alike who have hitched their wagon to this fading star. All but Jon Lester will be getting a reprieve from the All-Star festivities and as they pack up for a few days before returning on Friday to face the Royals at Fenway.

As of this moment Bet365.com is dealing sports picks for the Red Sox at 50-1 to win the World Series while Paddy Power is even less convinced of their chances to repeat as World Champs with MLB odds of 80-1. While I am not suggesting that either bookmaker will get cleaned for offering these disappointing defenders at such alluring odds, I will state the obvious and tell you that a second half is looming to be far happier in Fenway.

When the Sox jettisoned A.J. Pierzynski to bring up Christian Vazquez as their catcher of the future, out went a reported malcontent that did little to infuse the lineup with the pop they needed at a position not known for it. Then came along Mookie Betts into the fold from the minors as well as Brock Holt getting a regular shift at third base. The results have seen Boston win four out of five games since their surly catcher was run out on a rail and has Red Sox Nation believing that this 43-52 record is more an aberration than a season lost at the All-Star break.  If Boston’s 11-0 whitewashing off Houston Sunday night is any indication of what’s to come – the Red Sox may not be out of it quite yet!