With Major League Baseball Spring Training Games set to begin Friday February 24th let’s take a look at the current odds to win the 2017 World Series.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs favored by +375 odds. The Cubs won 103 games during the regular season and ran away from in the NL Central division by 17 ½ games. Young stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo leads the team at the plate. They couple that with a strong pitching staff which includes Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.
Second in the wagering are the Boston Red Sox at +550 odds. Boston won the AL East a year ago but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Big Papi David Ortiz retires but they add veteran arm Chris Sale to the rotation.
The Cleveland Indians are getting support at +600 odds. A strong starting staff was key to the Indians winning the AL Central.
The LA Dodgers have made the playoffs for five straight season but no World Series appearances to show for it. LA has odds of +900 odds. LA lacked clutch pitching in the playoffs. The starting staff was decimated by injuries and now all are back in a crowded starting rotation for LA.
Some notable longshots in the betting are the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays who return each +2500 odds. Both the Rangers and Blue Jays have a balance of strong pitching and hitting. Texas finished with the best record in the American League regular season posting 95 wins.
Other longshots in the wagering include the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates who return +5000 odds. Pittsburgh was a major disappointment last year with a 78-83 record. The team missed the playoffs but worse was the fact the team was rumored to be shopping their best player Andrew McCutchen is what appeared to be a cost cutting measure. Kansas City lacked the production from the starting staff to repeat as World Series champions. They finished a disappointing 81-81 and missed the playoffs last season.