MLB 2018: World Series Odds, Future Bets, Preview, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
Future Bet Options for 2018 World Series
February 6, 2018
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We’re a little over a month away from the 2018 MLB season from taking place, which means you should start studying up on things and getting ready for what is a grind of a sport betting wise. But before we start crunching numbers and capping games every single day, we’re going to take a look at MLB future bets. Locking some of these in before the season starts is sometimes when you can get the most value. Nothing worse than seeing odds drop when a team you liked gets off to a fast start. For me, I like betting some longer shot teams, as I want a decent payout if my money is going to be tied up for seven months. Longer odds also give you a chance to hedge and guarantee profit later in the year.
Enough talking, here are five MLB world series dark horses and future bet teams I’m looking at before the season begins.
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Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are that legit world series contender that gets little love from oddsmakers when you consider where others teams are at. Yes, I know the Nats run through their division and then fall on their face come playoff time, but you can’t ignore the fact this is arguably the most balanced team in baseball. Last season, the Nationals were fifth in runs scored (819) and sixth in team ERA (3.88). It really doesn’t get much better than that, and you know the Nationals will be willing to add a piece or two, as this could be their last real chance to get the job done with Bryce Harper being an impending free agent. A starting pitcher could be added at some point. Either way, the Nats are too balanced of a team to be laying +1000 odds (Betonline).
San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants have nowhere to go but up after winning just 64 games and scoring the second fewest runs (639) in baseball last season. One, it’s a even year, which gives Giants’ fans hope. The Giants were also one of the more aggressive teams this offseason, adding Austin Jackson, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. The outfield additions will help the defense in a major way, and there’s less pressure now on Buster Posey and Brandon Belt to do everything offensively. There’s also guaranteed more victories with a healthy Madison Bumgarner and Mark Melancon, and the outlook improves more if Johnny Cueto can return to form. The San Francisco Giants are a playoff contender, making odds of +3250 (5dimes) worth a play.
Oakland Athletics - Remember when I mentioned big odds open the door to hedging later in the year? You can get the Oakland Athletics with +20000 (5Dimes) to win the world series. Somebody must not have told oddsmakers that the A’s are not a bottom feeder team and could be a playoff candidate in the American League if things go right. The Oakland Athletics finished last season winning 10 of their last 14 games and are one of the better offensive teams in the AL after finishing fifth with a .755 OPS and fourth in the majors with 234 homers. The Oakland offense should be even better with the addition of Stephen Piscotty and getting a full season from Matt Olson. Oakland made additions to its bullpen, but this is a team that had an EA of 4.67, which was 23rd in baseball and isn’t going to cut it. If the A’s are going to be a playoff team, the pitching obviously has to improve. With all that said, there’s talent on this Athletics roster and some surprises could be in store, making 200-1 odds worth a longshot play and a chance to hedge later.
Los Angeles Angels - Everybody is talking about the addition of Shohei Ohtani, which should help the Los Angeles Angels both offensively and in the pitching department. But let’s not ignore the additions of Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart, two guys who not add depth to the batting lineup but also improve the defense. The Angels will also have a full season of Justin Upton, and all of those add ons tremendously improve a lineup that has the best player in the game in Mike Trout. The Angels should make significant strides after scoring just 710 runs last year, which was 22nd in baseball. The concern is the Angels have no real ace on their pitching staff, but even then, they finished with a 4.20 ERA last season, which was 12th in baseball and good enough to put them in the playoff conversation. The Angels are interesting, and I like having odds of +2800 (5Dimes) in my pocket.
New York Yankees - I like making cases for long shots and try my best to stay away from the popular public picks that aren’t paying out big numbers. But you can get the New York Yankees to win the world series with +500 odds just about anywhere. Get it while you can, as it’s only going to drop. The Yankees had the second best offense in baseball last year, scoring 858 runs and 241 homers, and that was before they added MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Playing in all the small parks in the AL East, Stanton could truly hit 80 or more bombs this season and give the Yankees one of the most historic offenses ever when you add Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius. The offense is deadly and the pitching staff is respectable with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Luis Severino, and a deep bullpen that has an unhittable closer in Aroldis Chapman. The Yanks were second in runs scored last season and fifth in team ERA, getting one game away from a world series berth. It’s going to be a fun year in New York, as this is the most balanced and complete team in baseball.