Enjoyed by many, though still scoffed at by some, pro sports futures betting continues to gain mainstream acceptance in the wagering world. With proper preseason research, plus regular season tracking, Major League Baseball futures odds to win the World Series can lead major to bankroll building. Here we take a look at what’s required to successfully cash in on MLB Fall Classic Champions. Let’s play hardball.
World Series Futures 2017
Normally posted shortly after each playoff Champ is crowned, Championship betting lines offer a unique wagering option. Below, we have posted the SportsInteraction World Series futures 2017 title betting prices. Since the numbers change often, we will update this space regularly with Fall Classic picks and advice. Check back anytime for updated MLB Boys of Summer wagering odds.
Last SportsInteraction MLB Futures Update: August 16, 2017
MLB Hot and Not: Week 21 World Series Odds Update
First thing of note on our updated World Series futures table is the eight teams that are off the board at SportsInteraction. There are 46 days left on the MLB regular season schedule and, while no teams are “mathematically” eliminated, some squads are so far out of the race that they think they are in first place. The 2010, ‘12 and ‘14 WS Champion San Francisco Giants will be the first team officially punted as their “elimination number” is now down to just six. Several teams will join the “Off The Board” ranks in the coming days.
Of the remaining contenders, the Los Angeles Dodgers (+225) continue to dozer their way to the best record in baseball. The Boys in Blue are 30-6 since July 1, 2017, and they are 84-34 overall on the season. While the Dodgers will capture the NL West Penant for the fifth year in a row – some postseason success would be nice as they have won just two of their last six playoff series. We’re not sold on second chalk Houston (+500) or our preseason Chicago Cubs pick, but our Washington and Boston tickets are still very much in contention.
MLB 2017 World Series Future Lines Movement
MLB Trade Deadline World Series Update 01/08/17
With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline now in the history books, the chase to the MLB postseason is officially in full flight. As is often the case at trade-deadlines, the rich got richer as the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals and Cubs all beefed up. Los Angeles and New York appear to be the biggest winners as they both got The Guy they were gunning for in pitchers Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray respectively. Provided they are all healthy come October, the Dodgers are now sporting a playoff rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Darvish.
New York is in a fierce battle with Boston for first in the American League East. It remains to be seen if the Bronx Bombers did enough to bolster their squad. The Cubs and Nationals both added arms to their rotation and should win their respective divisions. Houston, who have a monster lead in the AL West, were surprisingly quiet at the trade deadline and one has to wonder if their current crop of pitchers is enough to advance as the AL World Series representative. Although we don’t have a ticket on the Dodgers, we still like our Cubs, Nationals and Red Sox Fall Classic futures bets.
MLB All-Star Break World Series Odds Update 10/07/17
Reaching the 2017 MLB half-mile pole, and with baseball stadiums dark for the first time since Opening Day in April, today we look at the most current World Series futures odds at SportsInteraction. The lines have changed since our Week 12 update, as the Astros (+450) top chalk price dipped while the Dodgers (+500) and Red Sox (+650) moved past defending Champion Chicago (+700). Still dealing with bullpen and injury issues – Washington hasn’t had a price change in a few weeks as the Cubbies join them as fourth overall favorites.
Cleveland (+750) is the last triple-digit squad while the Yankees (+1400) and Diamondbacks (+2000) continue to see their prices inflate. The lines really balloon after that though with the Rookies at (+2800) plus the Royals and Brewers at (+3300). Sitting 5.5 games out of first in the NL Central, tied with the Cubbies and trailing the Brewers, at (+5000) St. Louis is a dog with a chance. Once off-the-board but back on prior to the All-Star break, something that rarely happens with NFL futures odds, San Diego and Philadelphia are tied with a gaudy (+250000) World Series worst winning line. They aren’t worth one Loonie of your bankroll.
MLB Week 12 World Series Futures Odds Update 16/06/17
Teams have finished stockpiling for the future as the 2017 MLB Entry Draft is now complete. Considered a “quiet draft” there were not any notable trades during the process. As per usual, being as these selections won’t make an MLB impact for another two or three years, the Draft had little to no affect on the World Series futures odds posted in the table above.
There were plenty of price moves since our last update (10/06/17) however, as most of the lines did gain some value. That includes the Houston Astros (+400 to +500) and Chicago Cubs (+500 to +550) who retained the first and second chalk spots. Those jumps are due primarily to both teams stumbling to a mediocre 4-6 record over their last ten contests.
Holding steady with a (+700) price, Washington has been joined by Boston and Cleveland in a tie for third chalk on the MLB World Series futures board at SportsInteraction. With a two-game lead on Baltimore in the American League East, the New York Yankees (+1000) switched places with the Los Angeles Dodgers (+1200) as fourth and fifth favorites.
Despite having the second and third best records, Colorado (+1400) and Arizona (+2500) sit behind seven and nine teams respectively. At the low end of the World Series spectrum, Philadelphia and Atlanta have both hit the (+50000) mark while the San Diego Padres are the first squad to reach a (100000) price and sit last on our MLB Championship odds list.
MLB Week 11 World Series Futures Odds Update 10/06/17
Ahead of the MLB Draft, which will run from June 12 to June 14, let’s take a look at the updated 2017 World Series futures odds at SportsInteraction. While it doesn’t carry the panache and over the top hype, that comes with the NFL and NHL drafts, the baseball entry draft is key to the future for Major League Baseball teams. Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays, who are finally starting to play up to their MLB 2017 preseason expectations, have two first round picks in the #22 & #28 spots. That should help the Blue Jays stockpile some talent as major changes are expected in the Great White North during the upcoming off-season.
While the football and hockey drafts can change futures odds dramatically, before and after the selection process, current on field play has more of an impact on baseball futures lines. That is evident in this update, as red-hot Houston has bumped defending champion Chicago off the top favorite perch. The Astros price dropped from +550 to +400 while the Cubs line inflated slightly from +450 to +500 at SportsInteraction. Battling the ‘Stros and Colorado Rockies, for top spot in the Majors, Washington (+700) has moved from fifth to third World Series chalk. We will update these futures lines once the 2017 MLB Entry Draft is complete.
MLB Week 10 World Series Futures Update 29/05/17
Quoting Susanna Hoffs “Time it goes so fast, When you’re having fun”. That is certainly true when one considers the Boys of Summer have played 1/3 of their season. Since our Week 6 update, when the top 19 squads shared a gap of 4.5 games in the MLB overall standings, things have changed as that spread is 11.5 now. Not dramatic, but World Series odds have shifted as well. After minor price moves, the top seven teams continue to jockey for position on the SportsInteraction futures board. Defending Champion Chicago is still top chalk but the Cubs line has gained value as it went from (+350) to (+450) over the past few weeks.
Houston, who currently own a MLB best 35-16 record, has cruised past Cleveland (25-23) on the CSB baseball futures board. The Astros are now top chalk from the American League as the ‘Stros (+550) are second favs while the Indians (+700) have dropped to third. Seventh overall in the MLB standings, Boston’s price ballooned (+650 to +800) as they dropped into a fourth place tie with Washington. The LA Dodgers (+1200 to +1000) and New York Yankees (+1300 to +1200) swapped sixth and seventh positioning. Led by Clayton “K King” Kershaw, the National League SoCal Crew have the best team ERA (3.25) in the majors right now.
CSB Futures Advice: Feeling the Nationals will solve their bullpen woes eventually – we have added Washington (+800) with a 200 unit futures bet to win the 2017 MLB Fall Classic.
MLB Week 6 World Series Futures Odds Update 30/04/17
Has near complete parity arrived in Major League Baseball? That’s a fair question to ask as the top 19 teams in the league are separated by just 4.5 games in the standings. It’s even more than fair when one considers that the seventh best team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, is sporting a mediocre 15-11 record. The latest SportsInteraction MLB futures lines have the Chicago Cubs on top with a (+350) ML price – despite the fact that the defending champions have opened their season with a sluggish 13-10 record. The Cubs didn’t have ten losses until Game #37 on May 17, 2016, last season. We still like the Cubbies to pull it together in the National League and defend their World Series title as they are the deepest MLB team.
A trio of American League squads, Cleveland (+600) Boston (+650) and Houston (+700) plus National League rep Washington (+850) round out the new top five favorites. Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays have fallen off the map as their last place 7-17 start has dropped the Jays (+1200) preseason line all the way down to (+3300) which is probable still too high. The Diamondbacks were the biggest movers in this segment as their (+7500) 21st overall odds have dropped down to a (+2200) money line. With over 130 games to be played, seven teams have already been written of at SportsInteraction as those teams World Series line is (+10000) or greater. If you bet on baseball – Do it at CSB recommended sportsbooks.
MLB 2017 Opening Day World Series Futures Update
Spring training has done very little to affect the 2017 MLB Opening Day World Series futures betting odds since our last update on February 17, 2017. As defending Fall Classic Champs, the Chicago Cubs head into the regular season as co-favorites with the Boston Red Sox with a +450 money line. The Cubs and Red Sox are both stacked. Reigning American League pennant winning Cleveland Indians sit third with a +800 price. The Los Angeles Dodgers (+1000) and Washington Nationals (+1100) round out the top five Championship chalk.
Despite missing the playoffs six of the last seven seasons, the LA Angels made the biggest move since our last update as the Halos odds dropped from +7500 to +4000. Detroit and Seattle have seen their price drop from +3300 to +2800. Forecast to battle for the MLB basement, Cincinnati and Milwaukee with a +20000 ML own the biggest Fall Classic winning line. It is difficult to argue against Chicago and Boston and we have placed two unit MLB futures wagers on the respective NL and AL chalk to win 2017 World Series Championship.
MLB Preseason Betting Odds 17/02/17
World Series futures are often posted eleven months prior to the Fall Classic, but betting lines become sharper once the Boys of Summer begin migrating to South Florida and Arizona for MLB Spring Training. Jetting in from countries across the globe – the middle of February is a busy travel period for hardball players. Following two weeks of team meetings and workouts, the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues get fired up and a month of preseason betting action begins. Whether it’s due to player holdouts, injuries, a hot stud looking like a dud, or a team uncovering possible “diamonds in the rough” MLB Championship odds shift regularly as MLB Opening Day approaches. Fans of hardball are encouraged to check out the future lines posted at the top online sportsbooks on the Canada Sports Betting recommended list below.
American League Outright Odds
At or near the top of MLB futures boards for years now, Boston is in a familiar spot as top American League World Series chalk. The offseason addition of stud pitcher Chris Sale helped push the Red Sox ahead of 2016 AL Champion Cleveland as the Indians sit second. Toronto is close a “now or never” year as the Blue Jays come in as third favorites. A Lone Star State twosome, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, are fourth and fifth Junior Circuit chalk and they will make the AL West a tough division to play in. We see the AL as underdogs versus the NL during the 2017 World Series.
National League Outright Odds
Projecting to be better than they were in 2016, when they won their first World Series since 1908, Chicago is top National League chalk and tied with Boston as co-favorites. What’s not to like? The Cubs are still stacked with pitching, speed, and bats up and down their order. The only thing we see derailing the North Side train is possible wear and tear on starters Jon Lester and John Lackey. Back in familiar territory, the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied as Senior Circuit second favorites. SF Giants and NY Mets round out the top five list. Check back anytime for up to date World Series futures odds. These MLB game day odds update in real-time all day long.
MLB Baseball Futures Bets Explained
Forecasting how teams will fair over a 162 game MLB regular season can be challenging. That said, if we look at World Series futures bets the same as an in-season match, some valuable information can be gleamed. Like backing a hot point-guard in the NBA, a strong goaltender in the NHL, or a G.O.A.T. quarterback in the NFL, baseball betting should begin with pitching. That includes starters and relievers as studs consistently working strong innings won’t get a team very far if the bullpen is always imploding. The Giants and White Sox were familiar with that pitfall during the 2016 season.
Beyond that, a bump that’s stacked with All-Stars isn’t enough if a team can’t push runs across the plate so selecting a squad with solid sticks is also important. From there, looking over the season long schedule, researching the division and league teams play in, plus the projected Win Total prop numbers at SportsInteraction, can help with the decision making process. Once the selections are made, head over to one of these CSB recommended sportsbooks to place your wager quickly and securely. We will back with our MLB Championship futures predictions prior to Opening Day.