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 2018
Normally posted shortly after each playoff Champ is crowned, pro sports title betting lines offer a unique wagering option. Below, we have listed the Bodog 2018 MLB World Series Championship futures handicapping lines. Since the numbers change often, we will update this space regularly with Fall Classic picks and advice. Check back anytime for price updates on the Boys of Summer.
NOTE: For the first time since 1968 all 30 teams will be in action on Opening Day March 29, 2018.
MLB Futures Board Legend: Gain: Value Added Drop: Value Lost Unchanged: Steady
Latest 2018 MLB Fall Classic Futures Price Refresh: 7:00 PM ET December 15, 2017.
MLB Prediction Tracking: At Bat - Strike Out - Home Run
2017 MLB Winter Meeting Wrap: Winners & Losers 15/12/17
MLB 2017 Winter Meetings have wrapped up in Orlando, FL. While the real winners and losers will be determined during the regular season, some teams will enjoy the offseason more than others. Christmas came early for New York Yankees fans as the Bronx Bombers acquired reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. Aaron Judge and Stanton may surpass the 91 home runs posted by Willie Mays (52) and Willie McCovey (39) with the SF Giants in 1965 – the last time MLB teammates finish one-two in big flies.
Acquiring prized pitcher Shohei Ohtani, plus plugging infield holes with Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart, the LA Angels should be able to make a run at defending World Series Champion Houston in the NL West. Pitchers, middle relievers especially, have also been winners as they are signing contracts worth huge dollar figures. As reported by MLB TradeRumors.com, 16 relievers have signed contracts worth $180 million so far this offseason. That includes left hander Mike Minor who inked a three-year $28 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
Having a fire sale, similar to the blaze that gutted their 1997 World Series winning squad, Miami is now a shell of the 2017 squad as the Marlins also dealt Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. Combined, Stanton and Ozuna smashed 96 of the Marlins 194 home runs and accounted for 256 of Miami’s 743 RBI’s last season. Active bidders for Ohtani, Stanton and Ozuna, San Francisco has had a rough offseason. 2018 World Series futures lines will mellow some at Bodog now but we will be back with updates when they are warranted.
2018 MLB World Series Line Movement Updates
09/12/17 Stanton Joins New York Yankees
While the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are notable – the Boys of Summer are blasting home runs during a time they are normally slumbering. We have to admit that their scheduling is solid as the lull in the NCAAF National Championship chase, the NFL playoffs still five weeks, plus the NHL and NBA nearing just the halfway point of their schedule, why not grab the top headlines in sports. With Frank Sinatra’s Start Spreadin’ The News in the background, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the now the Bronx Bash Brothers.
A former Miami Marlins masher and a sophomore Bronx Bomber become the most feared same team sluggers since the Canseco and McGwire Steroid Brothers. In other big moves, the Los Angeles Angels won the Shohei Ohtan Sweepstakes. A stud in Japan, Shohei will be a pitcher every five days, a designated hitter a lot and will spend some time as an Angel in the outfield. Anyone looking for a 2018 American League stolen base proposition leader, Dee Gordon leaving South Beach and landing in Seattle is an extremely solid contender.
Changes on the Canada Sports betting 2018 World Series betting board are dramatic since our last update following the Houston Astros 2017 MLB Championship. The biggest move is New York claiming the top perch as the Yankees value fell from +1100 to +500 at Bodog. The Champs and Los Angels Dodgers remained tied but drop to second with a +600 price. It is kind of strange that the Cleveland Indians line dipped (+800 to +750) while Washington, as seemingly always do, went unchanged to round out the top five MLB title contenders.
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02/11/17 MLB World Series Opening Lines
Congratulations to the Houston Astros who are World Series Champions for the first time in their 56 year franchise history. We also send out props to the Los Angeles Dodgers who helped make the 2017 Fall Classic an exciting and spellbinding seven game set. Although the Boys of Summer now head into winter hibernation – bookmakers at top rated CSB online sportsbook have already posted lines on the 2018 MLB Championship. Forecasting an encore performance, Bodog linemakers have opened Houston (+500) and Los Angeles (+550) as top chalk claim the 2018 World Series title. We are already looking forward to MLB 2018 action.
Usual suspects are chasing the Astros and Dodgers as Cleveland (+750) and Washington (+1000) round out the first four chalk spots. The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, are tied as fifth favorites with a +1100 money line price at Bodog. Prices grow sharply after that though as the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals top the second tier with a +2200 MLB 2018 Championship line. Behind the eight-ball, already, the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres occupy the bottom of our futures board with highly inflated +10000 opening lines. Watch for MLB Championship odds updates during the offseason.
Opening Odds Pick: New York Yankees (+1100) 2-Units at Bodog (02/11/17)
Bodog Major League Baseball 2018 World Series Opening Prices
LIVE Major League Baseball Betting Lines
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Major League 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 respected bookmakers, 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.
2017 MLB Fall Classic Futures Odds Movement
2017 MLB World Series Game 7 Preview and Pick
Game 7 Prediction: LA Dodgers -1.5 (+135) ATS at Bet365 Final: Astros 5-1
Mimicking the amazing momentum shifts during the first five contests – it is fitting that Los Angeles survived their “do or die” showdown vs Houston with a clutch 3-1 win. With Houston up 1-0, and Verlander masterfully throwing darts through four frames, Game 6 was playing out as our research showed it should. Our enthusiasm waned when Houston had runners on second and third, with no outs, but failed to score in the top of the fifth. That was a momentum shift towards the hometown Dodgers who scored two runs in the sixth, plus one more in seventh, to send us to Game 7 Heaven.
Few moments in time compare to a “winner take all” Championship clash. As such, we are eagerly anticipating Game 7 of the World Series that goes at 8:20 PM ET on November 1, 2017. Tangibly ironic, Game 3 starters Yu Darvish vs Lance McCullers Jr. is the mound matchup. Darvish allowed four runs (1.2 IP) while McCullers gave up three (5.1 IP) during the Astros 5-3 win in Texas. At the first moment of distress, or if they are slated to bat in a crucial spot, the starters will get yanked as everyone is available to pitch in this match - including aces Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel.
Why LAD Win: Pitching & Home Cooking
Starters being available in relief, this might be a Battle of the Bullpens early, means the LA relievers edge is depleted some but Kershaw, Maeda and Jansen is solid relief. Los Angeles loses their slight advantage of “no DH at Dodger Stadium” as we don’t see many pitchers batting tonight. Despite winning Game 2 in SoCal, a major concern for the Astros is their woes on the road. Houston is 2-6 away from Minute Maid Park, with a .215 team batting average and a 5.96 team ERA, during the playoffs. The Dodgers are hitting .241 and their pitchers have a 2.91 combined ERA at home.
Predicting this matchup is how we feel about the weather. We have an idea of what to expect after researching the radar map, and we know we want sunshine, but don’t know what we’ll get until a new day plays out. Down (-365) during the Fall Classic, we still have a shot at cashing our Dodgers 4-3 (+375) pre-series futures bet. Since the Astros bats have slumbered some on the road, and even though they blew solid leads in Game 3 and 5 (two), we expect any early LAD runs to hold up here. We opened the Fall Classic favoring Los Angeles and we are backing the Dodgers to win Game 7.
Current MLB 2017 World Series Price Comparisons: 8:00 AM ET November 1, 2017
|World Series Odds|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||OTB TO -160||+225 TO -160||+225 TO -165||+240 TO -151|
|Houston Astros||OTB TO +135||-275 TO +140||-275 TO +145|| -300 TO +125
2017 MLB World Series Game 6 Preview and Pick
Game 6 Prediction: Houston Astros -1.5 (+150) ATS at Bodog Final: Dodgers 3-1
Following one of the wildest games in MLB history, Houston heads to Los Angeles with a 3-2 World Series lead. The Dodgers led 4-0 and 7-3 in this match but the Astros kept fighting back and posted a 13-12 ten-inning victory. This is a brutal blow to the Dodgers as they let leads slip away – despite having the best pitcher of this era on the bump. The top five in Houston’s batting order were superb in Game 5 as they had 12 hits, drew four walks and posted 12 RBI during 23 plate appearances. For the first time, since this series began, we feel our Fall Classic predictions are in a heap of trouble.
Dodger Stadium hosts this contest on Halloween Night at 8:00 PM ET on October 31, 2017. Game 2 starters go in Game 6 as LHP Rich Hill (12-8 ERA 3.32) faces RHP Justin Verlander (15-8 ERA 3.36) in the mound matchup. Hill has been vanilla in the MLB playoffs as he doesn’t have a decision and has allowed four runs, on nine hits, over 13 innings. Verlander has been lights out as he is 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA since joining Houston – including 4-0 (2.05 ERA) in the playoffs. The pitching matchup, plus the way Astros hitters are pounding the ball, points to the 2017 World Series ending here.
2017 MLB World Series Game 5 Preview and Pick
Game 5 Prediction: LA Dodgers (-145) Money Line at BetWay Final: Astros 13-12 (10)
Best-of-three battle anyone? Home-field advantage and momentum, plus Karma, all switched sides as LA posted a 6-2 Game 4 victory. That total is deceiving as the Fall Classic tying win was closer than the final score indicates. Houston’s bullpen was a pre-series red flag for us and that research paid off in the ninth inning. Ken Giles gave up three runs, then Joe Musgrove allowed two more, turning a 1-1 contest into a blowout. LAD supporters were happy to see stud rookie Cory Bellinger snap his 0-11 hitting drought as he went 2-4, with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored.
Game 5 first pitch flies at 8:20 PM ET on October 29, 2017 at Minute Maid Park. Dallas Keuchel vs Clayton Kershaw is a repeat of the Game 1 duel. While both aces were sharp, Kershaw’s one home run and three hits allowed was decidedly better than Keuchel giving up two round-trippers and six hits during the Dodgers 3-1 win in SoCal. If Kershaw continues his Cy Young and World Series MVP form, the Dodgers head back to LaLa Land with a commanding 3-2 lead. BetWay has the Dodgers listed as (-145) ML road chalk and, while we respect Kuechel’s stuff, we are cruising with Kershaw.
2017 MLB World Series Game 4 Preview and Pick
Game 4 Prediction: LA Dodgers +110 Money Line at SportsInteraction Final: Dodgers 6-2
Jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the 2017 World Series, Houston has won two straight after posting a 5-3 win during Game 3 of the Fall Classic. The Astros bats were hot again as the ‘Stros had 12 hits to just four by the Dodgers. Houston has out-hit Los Angeles by a 29-15 margin. If the trend continues – this series won’t make it back to SoCal. Game 4 goes at 8:20 PM ET on October 28, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in the Lone Star State. HOU RHP Charlie Morton (14-7 ERA 3.62) battles LAD LHP Alex Wood (16-3 ERA 2.72) on the bump. OVER on the 8.5 game total is tempting here.
Chicago’s lone NLCS win (3-2) was against Wood as he gave up three home runs during Game 4. Morton is making his fourth playoff appearance and, after he wasn’t sharp in the first two outings (9 runs over 8 innings) he allowed just two hits over five innings during the Astros 4-0 Game 7 ALCS win. Wood hasn’t faced the Astros since 2014 while Morton last faced the Dodgers in 2015 when he was in Pittsburgh. This is a near must win for Los Angeles as they try to even up the series and make it a best of three affair. Back the Dodgers with the +110 SportsInteraction money line.
2017 MLB World Series Game 3 Preview and Pick
Game 3 Prediction: LA Dodgers +1.5 (-180) ATS at BetWay Final: Astros 5-3
Down to a best of five, the MLB World Series shifts to Houston for the next three contests. LAD RHP Yu Darvish (12-12 ERA 3.86) will face HOU RHP Lance McCullers (7-4 ERA 4.35) when Game 3 fires up at 8:20 PM ET on October 27, 2017, at Minute Maid Park in Texas. A rarity during the regular season, the Dodgers bullpen let a 3-1 lead slip away during Game 2. Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen were both charged with one run and then Houston lit up Josh Fields and Brandon McCarthy for two runs each in the tenth and eleventh innings as Houston earned a 7-6 win and a SoCal split.
Darvish stuck out 14 and gave up two runs while helping the Dodgers to wins in Arizona (3-1) and Chicago (6-1) during the previous two series. McCullers struggled to a 6.92 ERA in September, after coming off the disabled list, but he has that number down to 2.08 over 13 innings during his three playoff appearances. The Astros batters woke up in Game 2, pounding out 14 hits, but they were also charged with 22 runners left on base. Tempted by the +120 money line price, we are taking the +1.5 (-180) BetWay run line and backing the Dodgers to fight back in the Lone Star State.
2017 MLB World Series Game 2 Preview and Pick
Game 2 Prediction: LA Dodgers -1.5 (+180) ATS at Bet365 Final: Astros 7-6 (11)
Thanks to a near-flawless performance by Clayton Kershaw, plus clutch home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, Los Angeles posted a 3-1 win to take Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. Game 2 is slated for 8:09 PM ET on October 25, with Rich Hill (12-8 ERA 3.32) facing Justin Verlander (15-8 ERA 3.36) at Dodgers Stadium. While still with Detroit, Verlander posted nine K’s and allowed two hits during a 6-1 win vs the Dodgers on August 20, 2017. Hill hasn’t faced Houston since posting 10 K’s and allowing one run in a 3-1 win on July 7, 2016, while playing for the Oakland Athletics.
Illustrating how close these teams are (bullpens aside) two mistakes by Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, and just one by Kershaw, was the difference in Game 1. Verlander, deservedly so, has been getting a ton of props but it’s wise to note that Rich Hill has posted 38 K’s while allowing five runs and 14 hits over his last 27 innings pitched. Houston hitters Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez are a combined 3-26 with 5 walks versus Hill. Bet365 has Los Angeles as -1.5 (+180) chalk for Game 2 and we are laying the line to back the Dodgers tonight.
2017 MLB World Series Game 1 Preview and Pick
Game 1 Prediction: LA Dodgers -1.5 (+125) ATS at Bet365 Final: Dodgers 3-1
Clayton Kershaw (18-4 ERA 2.31) vs Dallas Keuchel (14-5 ERA 2.90) opens the World Series at 8:09 PM ET on October 24, 2017. Kershaw last faced the Astros in 2015 and gave up one run over seven innings – Keuchel has never pitched against the Dodgers. Bet365 bookmakers have Los Angeles as 1.5 (+125) ATS and -170 money line chalk while the total is set at a tiny 7.0 (-125 U +105 O) runs. The Dodgers have a 61-24 record at home while the Astros are 54-32 on the road in 2017. We are laying the Bet365 -1.5 (+125) run line and backing the Dodgers to win Game 1 at Chavez Ravine.
Hot and Not: 2017 MLB World Series Preview
2017 World Series Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 (+450) and 4-3 (+375) at Bodog.
Heading to ”The Show” we congratulate AL Champion Houston and NL Champion Los Angeles on their well-earned Pennants. While it’s not the nostalgic Yankees vs Dodgers duel many were hoping for – this is going to be good. Two 100+ win squads, with stacked rosters that are both running hot, makes for an eagerly anticipated MLB World Series. As per our thoughts on January 17, 2017, the American League are pups against the National League for the Final Dance of the Fall Classic.
Despite being NL rivals from 1962 to 2012 (LAD 388-323) Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” is the Final Dance theme song, as these teams haven’t played each other since August 23, 2015. With 22 NL pennants and six MLB titles, the Dodgers, are back in The Show for the first time since they defeated Oakland 4-1 to win it all in 1988. The Astros make their franchise second appearance in the Fall Classic – the Chicago White Sox swept the ‘Stros (4-0) during their inaugural trip in 2005.
LA Dodgers Fall Classic Keys To Victory
Apart from a brutal 1-16 slide (Aug 26 – Sept 11) the Dodgers (104-58) were the cream of the MLB crop this year. Despite scoring just 770 runs (12th OA), Los Angeles was fourth with a +198 RF/RA differential as their 580 runs allowed was second to Cleveland (564) and much better than Houston (700). LA owned the best regular season starters ERA (3.39) and fourth best (3.38) relievers mark. The Dodgers are 13-1 with Clayton Kershaw (7-1) Rich Hill (4-0) and Yu Darvish (2-0) on the bump in recent playoff games. A nice mix of power and finesse – Dodgers starters edge Houston’s hurlers.
When the starters hold up, teams are in big trouble when the Dodgers trot out their bullpen as it is deep and talented. Though they haven’t made any “game on the line” appearances in the playoffs yet, seven LAD relievers have posted 32 strikeouts and they’ve allowed just two runs, on twelve hits, over 28.2 innings pitched. Arguably not as deep, from top to bottom as the Astros, the LA Dodgers bats have been solid (and clutch) with a .273 BA that has scored 48 runs (13 HR) over eight games. Led by Justin Turner (12) twelve different Dodgers have driven in at least one run in the postseason.
Houston Astros Fall Classic Keys To Victory
Not without struggles of their own, Houston went 11-17 in August, the Astros fired out to a 61-29 record and a playoff berth was never in question after that. The ‘Stros 101-61 record was second to Cleveland (102-60) in the American League and Houston finished 21 games clear of the LA Angeles in the AL West Division. A solid pitching staff got a lot better when Houston lured veteran stud Justin Verlander away from Detroit on September 1, 2017. The Astros are 9-0 in games Verlander has pitched in and he has allowed eight runs over 58.2 innings since joining the Houston rotation.
A deep batting order helped the Astros plate a 896 runs during the regular season – 38 more than the second place New York Yankees. Jose Altuve led the way, as his .346 batting average was tops in the Majors while teammate Josh Reddick was tenth with a .314 average. No other team had two hitters in the top ten batting average list. That said, some Houston hitters have slumped slightly in the playoffs as their .282 regular season team batting average is down to .247 during the playoffs. Astros relievers concern us as they have a 5.03 playoff ERA – the Dodgers have a 0.94 bullpen ERA.
2017 MLB Championship Series Preview 12/10/17
Pretenders have now been ushered to the sidelines and the Final Four contenders for the 2017 World Series are ready to roll. Congratulations to the New York Yankees and Houston Astros who will battle in the American League Championship Series and the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers who will square off in National League Championship Series. The Yankees and Astros open the ALDS on October 13 at 8:08 PM ET in Houston while the Cubs and Dodgers begin the NLCS on October 14 at 8:08 PM ET in SoCal. We LOVE Rocktober!
There is new top chalk as, for the first time in months, Los Angeles has been pushed off the World Series top favorite perch at the BetWay online sportsbook. Houston heads into the League Championship round as (+187) favorites while the Dodgers (+200) are a very close second. Chicago (+350) and New York (+400) are the underdogs as neither squad has home field advantage during the ALCS and NLCS. Although we feel the Dodgers are the cream of the crop, we are sticking with our Cubs and Yankees World Series predictions at this point.
Championship Series Summary: Streaks, winning or losing, can snowball and we are in an avalanche with our playoff series picks. Feeling like we faced Justin Verlander in the Division and League Championships, we had a ton of strikeouts heading into the 2017 MLB Fall Classic with an 0 for 6 series record. Understanding some will be eagerly anticipating our call on the Houston vs Los Angeles series, so they can bet the opposite way, we will preview and predict the Astros vs Dodgers 2017 World Series duel on Monday, October 23, 2017.
Division Series MLB Playoffs Update 05/10/17
Happy ALDS First Pitch Thursday! Following WILD American and National League Wild Card contests, won 8-4 by New York vs Minnesota and 11-8 by Arizona vs Colorado, the Division Round series open today. Boston is in Houston to get the ALDS underway at 4:00 PM ET and then New York visits Cleveland at 7:30 PM ET on October 5, 2071. Is anyone wondering how the high-scoring play-in games affected the MLB World Series Championship futures lines?
Status quo is the short answer as the top ten held steady. Price changes a plenty is the long reply as Bet365 left the Dodgers and Indians tied with a (-333) ML but bumped up Houston’s third chalk (+450 to +500) value. Though we are not sure why, Washington (+700) Boston (+750) and Chicago (+750) all lost 50 units of value. Tied with +1400 longshot odds, prior to their Wild Card wins, New York (+950) and Arizona (+100) both leaked significant sawbucks.
Long Shot With A Shot: New York Yankees (+950) Bet365 Sportsbook Money Line.
Wild Card Series Futures Update 03/10/17
Welcome to the 2017 Major League Baseball race to the World Series! Following 2,430 regular season matches, involving 30 teams, ten squads remain standing. That number will quickly be reduced to eight after the Yankees vs Twins and Diamondbacks vs Rockies Wild Card contests play out on October 3 and 4 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Chase Field in Arizona respectively. Apart from Cleveland (+350 to +333) moving into a top chalk tie with Los Angeles (+300 to +333) price moves were the only changes since our Week 27 update.
Sharp down the stretch, Houston (+500 to +450) enters the postseason as the third favorite while Washington (+700 to +750) lost some value but the Nats are alone in the fourth chalk position. With their lines unchanged at Bodog, Boston and defending Champion Chicago enter the Fall Classic fray with a +800 money line. Wild Card game hosts, Arizona and New York, saw their odds (+1400) hold steady while Minnesota (+3330) and Colorado (+4000) both lost value as their prices plummeted to a new low of +2800 at the Bodog sportsbook.
Holding Boston and Chicago tickets, bought at +450 on Opening Day, plus Washington who were secured with a +800 ML price on May 29, we have three Belles at the Ball. Having three of the ten World Series contenders is good but we will lose one of them as the Cubs and Nationals will square off in the NLDS. Concerned about Cleveland, who are the hottest team in hardball right now, we have added the Indians (+333) with a two-unit wager. Stick with us as we will preview and predict every series leading up to the MLB Championship.
Week 27 World Series Futures Update 28/09/17
Last Call Everybody! With 26 weeks down, and one to go, time is running short to get in on pre-playoff World Series odds. Heading into the final eight days, of the regular season, five of six Division Pennant winners and two of the four Wild Card spots are secured. Defending Champion Chicago can clinch the NL Central as early as today (25/09/17) as Milwaukee and St. Louis both have a tiny two-game elimination number. New York (AL) and Arizona (NL) will host Wild Card games – who they play may not be decided until the final day of the season.
Foreshadowing a possible Dodgers vs Indians World Series showdown, Bodog has Cleveland and Los Angeles posted in a top chalk (+350) tie on their MLB Fall Classic futures board. Back on a roll, with an 8-2 run over their last ten games, Houston (+525) is the third favorite. Our current Championship picks, Boston and Washington (both +750) and Chicago (+800) round out the top six contenders. Being as we have a chance to win with the Cubs ($500) Red Sox ($500) and Nationals ($1,200) we are going to kick back and savour the final week action.
Week 26 World Series Futures Update 18/09/17
Brass tacks. That’s what we are getting down to in Major League Baseball as Week 26 of MLB 2017 is upon us. With just 14 days remaining on the slate, the Dodgers, Nationals, Indians and Astros have all punched their tickets to the Fall Classic party. Boston leads the ALE by three games over New York and defending Champion Chicago has a four game edge on the pesky Brewers. The Yankees and Twins currently own the two American League Wild Card berths while the Diamondbacks and Rookies occupy the two National League play-in spots.
Red-hot streaks have been a story this season as several teams have experienced winning runs. Los Angeles (NL) were the pacesetters, following a 39-8 tear, but the Dodgers are just 5-17 over their last 22 contests. Arizona is 20-6 since August 21 and they are positioned to host the NL Wild Card game. Hotter than anyone, Cleveland has been ripping up the AL as the Indians just won 22 straight and the Tribe are 24-1 since August 24. That run has moved the defending AL Champs into a +300 ML World Series top chalk tie with the Dodgers.
Week 25 World Series Futures Update 10/09/17
Rapidly rolling towards the end of the 2017 MLB regular season – there are 21 days left on the schedule. Though many of the Division playoff races have been decided - the AL East, NL Central and the four Wild Card battles are still very intense. The Red Sox are up 3.5 games on the Yankees in ALE while the Cubs own a two game lead over the Brewers and Cardinals in the NLC. Eight teams still have a shot at the two AL Wild Card spots while four squads are fighting it out in NL. Both of those races won’t be decided until the final week of the season.
Congrats to the Washington Nationals who are first team to clinch a playoff berth. Despite being in, the Nats price remains at +800 which is the same line we bet in May. Although they have lost ten straight, the LA Dodgers remain as top chalk with a stingy +250 World Series line. Houston and red-hot Cleveland (+500) are now tied as second favorites while Boston sits alone in third with a +750 odd at Bodog. Confident the Red Sox and Cubs will soon join the Nationals at the Fall Classic dance – we like where we sit with our World Series futures bets.
Week 23 World Series Futures Update 31/08/17
Pretenders dropping like flies is the mantra of our MLB Week 23 World Series futures odds update. With SportsInteraction pondering their next odds update, we turn to Bodog and find that 11 of the 30 MLB teams have been scrubbed from their baseball betting board. While a few erased teams still have a “mathematical” playoff shot – they can start planning for the MLB 2018 season. That includes Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays who have fallen 8.5 games out of the AL Wild Card race. We still like our Cubs, Red Sox and Nationals preseason calls.
Position and prices changes were also plentiful as almost every team, including front running Los Angeles Dodgers (+225 to -220) had their line moved one way or the other. Houston (+500) held steady as second favorites and we would be remiss if we didn’t say that we are pulling for the good people in the Gulf Region affected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe and recover quick! The biggest Fall Classic riser since our last update was Kansas City (+2500 to +6600) while the LA Angels odds slipped from +8000 to +5000 at at the Bodog sportsbook.
Week 21 MLB World Series Odds Update 16/08/17
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 toasted 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 Pennant 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 are not sold on second chalk Houston (+500) or our preseason Chicago Cubs pick, but our Washington and Boston tickets are still very much in the running.
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 both squads got The Guy they were gunning for in pitchers Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray respectively. Provided they are all healthy, when October rolls around, the Dodgers are sporting a rock solid playoff pitching rotation that will feature all-world ace Clayton Kershaw plus 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, who have struggled during the MLB playoffs recently, we 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.
Staying 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 claim 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.
Though they have missed the playoffs six of the last seven years, 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.
2017 American League Futures Line Movement
American League Championship Preview and Prediction
New York vs Houston ALCS Prediction: Yankees (+160) Money Line at Bet365
Let’s get it on! Welcome to the 2017 American League Champions Series Everybody! With apologies for our Boston and Cleveland ALDS picks, here we preview the Houston vs New York ALCS. Ahead of schedule, during a post Derek Jeter era remodelling phase, a nice mix of young talent, savvy veterans and solid pitching has powered the Yankees to the ALCS. Brimming with confidence, after mashing Minnesota and cruising past Cleveland, there’s a lot to like on the Bronx Bombers squad. If the NYY starters hold up – Houston has a problem.
Rebuild complete, after tanking with a 162-324 overall record from 2010 to 2013, Houston is back in the ALCS for the second time in three years. The Astros bashed Boston 3-1 during their ALDS series and have been home and cooling since 9/10/17. A near mirror image of the Bronx Bombers the ‘Stros can light up the scoreboard as they led the Majors with 896 runs scored – the Yankees were second with 858. We prefer the Astros starting pitching but we favor the New York bullpen. To win the ALCS – Houston needs to score early in the matches.
Opening at Minute Maid Park in Texas, this best-of-seven series (2-3-2) gets going on at 8:08 PM ET on October 13, 2017. Friday the 13th just prior to Halloween eh? We have never liked the lower seeded team getting three games at home, preferring a 2-2-1-1-1 format, but it is what it is. We brought the Yankees into our World Series fold, prior to the ALDS, and we liked what we saw during their comeback over the defending AL Champs. Staring pitching is slight concern but we are backing the Boys from the Bronx at +160 with one-unit at Bet365.
NLCS Summary Houston Wins 4-3: Although their wait was not as long as the one Los Angeles Dodgers fans have endured, Houston is heading back to the World Series for the first time since the 2005 MLB season. Morphing from the Bronx Bombers, into the Baby Bombers, New York bashed the Astros in the Big Apple but their bats fell silent in the Lone Star State. The ‘Stros were outscored 19-5 at Yankee Stadium but won the four matches at Minute Maid Park by a 15-3 count. The Fall Classic Final opens on October 24, 2017, in SoCal.
Latest American League Championship Futures: Final Odds Update October 21, 2107
|American League Championship|
|Astros Win ALCS 4-3||-150||-141||-145||-150|
|Yankees: Eliminated @||+121||+130||
|Indians: Eliminated @||+150||+150||+175||+160|
|Red Sox: Eliminated @||+800||+800||+800||+800|
|Twin: Eliminated @||+1300||+1200||+1400||+1600|
MLB ALDS Previews and Predictions 05/10/17
Strap in everybody as bats are already booming in the MLB playoffs. With morning dawning on the American League Division Series, we eagerly anticipate the fireworks still to come. After the Yankees 8-4 trashing of the Twins, ALCS Championship prices have shifted some. Cleveland (+162) is unchanged as best priced overall chalk at BetWay. Houston (+240) gained a dime, Boston (+325) lost a quarter and New York’s line fell from +950 to +475.
Boston vs Houston ALDS Pick: Boston Red Sox (+130) ML at BetWay
Cranking up the ALDS, Boston (93-86) is in Houston (101-61) to open a five game (2-2-1) set. These teams didn’t meet until June and the Astros won the season series 4-3 by a 35-28 margin. That includes Houston going 3-1 vs Boston, by a 22-15 count, during the final four days of the season. The Stro’s can mash as they had a better batting average (.282 to .258) scored more runs (896 to 785) and committed less fielding errors (76 to 107) than the Sox.
Boston had a better team ERA (3.70 to 4.12) but Houston adding Justin Verlander tilts the table some. The Red Sox also had the second best bullpen ERA (3.15) in baseball, behind Cleveland (2.98) while Lone Star State relievers posted a combined 4.27 ERA. Chris Sale (17-8 ERA 2.90) lead the Majors with 308 K’s and he gets the call in Game 1 vs Verlander (15-8 ERA 3.36) who went 5-0 (1.06 ERA) after he moved over from Detroit to the Texas.
Series Summary Houston Wins 3-1: Hello AL Champion Series bound ‘Stros = Sox, see you on March 29, 2018. Uh, Houston didn’t have a problem launching Boston into the offseason orbit as Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve posted ten RBI and the Astros beat the Red Sox 24-18. Down 0-2 Boston battled back, with a 10-3 Game 3 win at Fenway Park, but Houston sealed the deal with a 5-4 Game 4 victory. The ALCS begins in Cleveland if the Indians defuse the Bronx Bombers or in the Lone Star State if New York can fight back from a 1-2 series deficit.
New York vs Cleveland ALDS Pick: Cleveland Indians (-200) ML at Bodog
Fresh off of what turned out to be an 8-4 blowout win, over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card contest, New York heads to Cleveland to battle in the ALDS. The Yankees and Indians were strangers for most of the year and then they met seven times in August. The Tribe were a tough out for the Bronx Bombers as they claimed a 5-2 season series victory, including a three game sweep in the Bronx, outscoring the Yankees by a 31-20 count.
Both teams score a ton of runs, as New York (858) was second overall while Cleveland (818) plated the six most runs this season. The Indians (.263) batting average was a shade better Yankees (.262) but New York had a big edge (241 to 212) in home runs. Cleveland starters put up the best ERA (3.30) in the Majors, New York (3.72) was sixth overall, and the Tribe also owned a better bullpen as they posted a 2.89 ERA compared to Yankees 3.34 mark.
Series Summary New York Wins 3-2: With an impressive comeback, after being down 0-2 in their best-of-five ALDS vs Cleveland, New York will meet Houston in the American League Championship Series. The Bronx Bombers are full marks for their ALDS win as they posted three hard fought wins (1-0, 7-3 and 5-2) over the Indians. New York becomes the tenth team to claw back from a 0-2 deficit in MLB Division Series history. The Astros owned the Yankees in the regular season but we will be back with our full ALCS preview on 12/10/17.
American League Wild Card Preview and Picks 03/10/17
AL 2017 Wild Card Call: New York Yankees -1.5 (-125) at BetWay - Final 8-4 NYY
Rocktober Indeed! For at least the next eight days, and possibly 18 straight days, sports fan will be treated to a high energy dose of fantastic Major League Baseball playoff betting action. The latter number comes into play if any Division and League Championship series go the maximum. That’s possible when considering the Crews that are vying for a World Series berth. It all gets going today, October 3, 2017, when Minnesota visits the Big Apple to face New York at 8:00 PM ET in the “one and done” American League Wild Card contest.
Skippers Paul Molitor and Joe Girardi are sending RHP Ervin Santana (16-8 ERA 3.28) and RPH Luis Severino (14-6 ERA 2.98) to the bump tonight. The Twins went 3-3 during Santana’s six September starts (13 earned runs over 34 innings) while the Yankees went 5-0 over five games Severino (7 earned runs over 30 innings) started last month. New York posted a 4-2 season series record, that included a three-game September 18-20 sweep in the Bronx, and they scored 858 runs to the Twins 815 overall. Led by the big bats of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Co. plus the better bullpen, the Bronx Bombers are thick chalk at home tonight.
LIVE Update 8:38 PM ET: Yo Yo Ma! Our world is getting rocked in the Bronx as Minnesota has jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead over New York. Wild Card games are packed with pressure and Luis Severino did not have his stuff tonight. Luis lobbed up 29 softballs and gave up two home runs, plus a double, single and a walk, before getting yanked with a 81.0 ERA. Runs often come in bunches and we will see if Yanks can pick up their roasted pitcher. If the score holds up, our decision will be a slight hit to the bankroll, Joe Girardi’s call will end the Yankees season. Yikes! Watching the LIVE lines, we may trim this bet with a hedge later.
LIVE Update 9:00 PM ET: Wild for a reason eh? Thanks to a walk, a single, and a Didi Gregorius rope shot into the right field bleachers, we’re knotted at 3-3 after the first inning.
Game Summary: Start spreading the news, the Yankees are headed to Cleveland. Living up to the Wild Card moniker New York eliminated the Minnesota Twins 8-4 to advance to the American League Divisional Series. We are happy we held ground and waited for the Bronx Bombers bats to kick in. The Yankees used five pitchers, as starter Luis Severino left after recording just one out and giving up three runs in the first inning. How that affects New York in a five game series remains to be seen. We will be back with previews and picks for both of ALDS matchups prior to Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros battle on October 5, 2017.
AL Championship: Preseason Futures Preview 17/01/17
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. Once the Boys of Summer morph in the Men of Rocktober, we see the AL as underdogs vs the NL during the 2017 World Series.
2017 National League Futures Line Movement
National League Championship Preview and Prediction
Chicago vs Los Angeles NLCS Prediction: Cubs (+137) Money Line at BetWay
Polishing off Washington and Arizona in the NL Division Series, Chicago and Los Angeles are set to square off in the National League Championship Series. After posting a combined 390-257 record over the past two MLB regular seasons, that equates to a sparkling .620 winning percentage, this Cubs vs Dodgers series pits the two best teams in baseball battling for a World Series berth. How it will play out on the field is still to be seen but this a classic battle of a team stacked with heavy bats facing a squad that is loaded with top-notch pitching.
Racing out to a 61-29 record at the 2017 MLB All-Star break, Los Angeles closed the regular season with an MLB best 104-58 record. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses though as the Dodgers endured an 11-game losing streak in September that ended with a 5-3 win over San Francisco Giants. That victory also clinched Los Angeles a playoff berth. LA closed strong (8-2) and then swept the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-0) in their NLDS series. Pitching is the strength of the SoCal Crew as they posted the second best ERA (.3.38) in the Majors.
Anything but smooth sailing, Chicago battled all season to earn a seat at the playoff party. The Cubs were just 43-45 at the All-Star Break and they trailed Milwaukee by 5.5 games at that point. Beginning their playoff push, the Cubbies went 13-2 during the second half of July and finally put away a scrappy Brewers Crew as the Champs clinched the NL Central on September 27, 2017. Chicago leaned heavy on hitting as they finished fourth overall with 822 runs scored – 52 more than the 770 runs plated by the Dodgers. Let’s get it going!
NLCS Summary Los Angeles Wins 4-1: Congratulations to Los Angeles as they crushed Chicago in the 2017 NLCS. The Dodgers added an exclamation point to their 4-1 series win as they clubbed the Cubs 11-1 in Game 5. We painted ourselves into a corner with Chicago right out of the gate this season and then we flip-flopped (the wrong way) with them in the MLB playoffs. Apologies for those picks. A silver lining is having New York Yankees tickets that are still alive. The Dodgers will host Game 1 of the World Series on October 24, 2017.
Latest National League Championship Futures: Final Odds Update October 19, 2107
|National League Championship|
|Dodgers Win NLCS 4-1||-5000||OTB||-2000||-1667|
|Cubs Eliminated @||+1000||OTB||+800||+800|
|Nationals: Eliminated @|| +300
|Diamondbacks: Eliminated @||+1400||+1600||+2500||+1600|
|Rockies: Eliminated @||+1200||+1400||+1250||+1200|
MLB NLDS Previews and Predictions 05/10/17
Chicago vs Washington NLDS Pick: Nationals (-130) ML at Bet365
Confused as to why, four games of the ALDS will be completed before the first pitch of the National League Division Series is fired. Weird, but I digress. NLDS action opens with a beauty as Washington is hosting Chicago at 7:30 PM ET on October 6, 2017. The Nationals (97-56) controlled the NL East, virtually from Opening Day, while the Cubs scratched and clawed all season before clinching the NL Central on September 27. This battle may go the distance.
Washington won the season series (4-3) by splitting a four game set at home in June, by a 22-15 margin, and then took two of three contests in Chicago by a 17-13 count in early August. There isn’t much separating these teams across the board as they put up strikingly similar numbers during the regular season. The Cubbies are battled tested, after winning the NL Pennant last season, but we see the Nationals as the better team top to bottom here.
Series Summary Chicago Wins 3-2: After scoring 20 combined runs, during the first four matches of this series, Chicago and Washington lite up the night sky in the District during the Cubs 9-8 Game 5 series clinching victory. It was another run of postseason futility for the Nationals who are now 0-4 in the NLDS since they arrived in the US Capital. Meanwhile, the Cubbies remain alive to defend their 2016 World Series title as Chicago heads to Southern California to battle the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Arizona vs Los Angeles NLDS Pick: Dodgers Win 3-1 (+290) at SportsInteraction
Despite struggling late, Los Angeles posted an MLB best 104-58 mark and won the NL West by eleven games over Arizona. The Diamondbacks head into this series after lighting up the desert sky during an 11-8 win over Colorado in the NL Wild Card contest. Very familiar with each other, the D-Backs won the season series (11-8) as they outscored the Dodgers by a 99-71 count. Those numbers include a 6-3 record at home and 5-5 mark on the road.
Arizona had an edge on offense in runs scored (812-770) batting average (.254 to .249) and slugging percentage (.445 to 437) during the regular season. Los Angeles finished with an MLB best starting pitcher ERA (3.39) and the fourth best bullpen ERA (3.38) though Arizona (3.61 and 3.78) was close in both categories. Sending Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish to the bump gives the Dodgers a short series edge and the LA bullpen is lights out.
Hedge Alert 09/10/17 @ 8:30 PM ET: Zack Greinke vs Yu Darvish, plus ARI running hot at home, means a Game 4 is possible here. That said, we have an example of a possible hedge, for those so inclined. A Los Angeles sweep punts the 3-1 series win ticket which returns 290 if the Dodgers win in four. While a Game 5 is still in play, 110 on the Dodgers (-110) Game 3 price returns the original investment if Los Angeles wins tonight or on Tuesday. The original return gets clipped (290 to 180) but that’s the cost of following a slightly “safer” path.
Series Summary Los Angeles Wins 3-0: With the Dodgers first to the NL Championship Series party, we bid adieu to a scrappy Diamondbacks Crew that ran into a squad that keeps getting hotter. The Dodgers completed a sweep in Arizona and we hope everyone was able to hedge their 3-1 series tickets. The numbers point to a rout - the NL West Champs won by a 20-11 margin. Los Angeles now awaits the winner of the Cubs vs Nationals series that Chicago leads 2-1. The best-of-seven NLCS opens in SoCal on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
National League Wild Card Preview and Picks 03/10/17
NL 2017 Wild Card Call: Arizona Diamondbacks -1.5 (+130) at BetWay Final 11-8 ARI
Setting up the remaining postseason path, the NL Wild Card match goes Wednesday night in the desert. Arizona is back in the playoffs for the first time since losing 3-2 to Milwaukee during the 2011 NLDS. The Diamondbacks (93-69) scuffled some as they closed their season on a 6-7 run. Since All-Star OF Carlos Gonzalez was the only player on the team, the Rockies don’t remember their 3-1 loss to Philadelphia in 2009 NLDS. The Rockies (87-75) took a 52-39 record into the All-Star break but stumbled to a 35-36 mark in the second half.
Arizona and Colorado carried a +2200 World Series line into the regular season but they roll into the postseason tied with a +2800 MLB Championship price at Bodog. Trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers (by 7.5 and 9.5 games) both teams were focused on the Wild Card race heading out of the Mid Summer Classic. Aces are on the hill as Zack Greinke (17-7 ERA 3.20) who was 2-1 with a .229 ERA during five starts vs Colorado, battles Jon Gray (10-4 ERA .367) who went 2-1 with a .264 ERA vs Arizona. In Zack we trust as we align with Arizona.
Game Summary: While we’ll LOVE IT forever, baseball betting is a rollercoaster of emotions eh? Arizona and Colorado played a Wild Card barnburner as the Diamondbacks eliminated the Rockies with an 11-8 victory tonight. Although our Arizona ATS ticket was up 6-0 after the third inning, it was down by a half run after the top half of seventh (6-5) and eighth (8-7) innings. A D-Backs three-run eighth put us into the winner circle. After bagging both play-in contests – it’s nice to head to the MLB Divisional Series with a little extra jingle in our jeans.
NL Championship: Preseason Futures Preview 17/01/17
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. Bookmark this page and surf back anytime for MLB Fall Classic odds updates.