Will the 2018 World Series odds favorite Houston Astros become the first team to win back-to-back World Series titles since the New York Yankees three-peat from 1998-2000? Can the AL runner-up Bronx Bombers bash their way to this year’s title after coming up agonizingly short in last year’s ALCS? Will the Boston Red Sox be able to keep up the eye-opening play we’ve seen from them this season to beat out both of their AL counterparts or will the Chicago Cubs recapture the magic that saw them win it all in 2016?
Is it possible that some title contender with longer odds, like the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians or Los Angeles Dodgers could upset the entire apple cart to bag this year’s championship trophy?
If you’re an MLB fan and betting enthusiast that is looking to find out which teams are offering the best value against their MLB futures odds to win the 2018 World Series, then you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve got some expert analysis on all of the aforementioned World Series title hopefuls that is going to help you maximize your futures odds wager on the 2018 World Series winner. With a full slate of MLB action going down live in the MYBookie sportsbook today, let’s get to it.
Updated 2018 World Series Odds – June 5th Edition
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2018 World Series Odds – Favorites
Houston Astros 5/1
The defending champion Astros (37-24) are looking damned good right now, even if they are a game behind Seattle in the AL West. Houston ranks sixth in scoring (4.93 rpg) and first in team ERA (2.82), WHIP (1.03), strikeouts (632) and quality starts (46). With pitching like that, there’s little doubt that they’re going to really contend once October rolls around.
Boston Red Sox 6/1
No one saw it coming, but the Boston Red Sox (41-19) have been the best team in baseball this season and by now, I think most everyone knows it’s not a fluke start. Boston is ranked second in scoring (5.33 rpg), first in team batting average (.266), second in OPS and second in home runs (88).
Defensively, Boston is ranked ninth in team ERA (3.62), second in strikeouts (587) and fourth in quality starts (29). J.D. Martinez has been the best offseason addition of any team outside of the Angels’ addition of Shoehei Ohtani. Mookie Betts is playing outstanding and both, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello have pitched like Cy Young contenders.
New York Yankees 6/1
The Yankees (38-18) are bashing their way into significance this season by ranking first in scoring (5.61 rpg), seventh in team batting average (.257) first in OPS (.807) and first in home runs (94). Pitching-wise, the Yanks have also ranked an encouraging sixth in WHIP, fifth in strikeouts and sixth in quality starts, so there’s that as well.
Chicago Cubs 10/1
The Chicago Cubs (33-23) were my pick to win the National League before the start of the season and I’m still on board with that seeing as how the lovable Cubbies are ranked a stellar third in scoring (5.23 rpg), second in team batting average (.266), third in OPS and second in team ERA (3.18).
Washington Nationals 10/1
Washington (33-25) has been slow out of the gate this season, but the Nats are ranked third in team ERA (3.20), second in WHIP (1.11), fourth in strikeouts (573) and third in quality starts (33). Despite ranking sixth in home runs (75) Washington is only ranked 17th in scoring (4.24 rpg). Still, with one of the best pitching staffs in the game, I say Washington is a very legitimate contender for the NL pennant.
2018 World Series Odds – Contenders
- Cleveland Indians 12/1
- Los Angeles Dodgers 14/1
- Milwaukee Brewers 14/1
- Atlanta Braves 16/1
- Seattle Mariners 16/1
Cleveland is ranked fourth in scoring (5.02 rpg), but just 21st in team ERA (4.34). If the Tribe can improve their pitching, they could contend for the AL pennant. I don’t see it happening for the Dodgers (29-30) this year, but the Milwaukee Brewers (37-23) bear watching if they can keep up their impressive pitching which ranks seventh in team ERA (3.52).
The Atlanta Braves are also looking quite legitimate right now with an offense that ranks fifth in scoring (4.95 rpg) and a team ERA that is ranked eighth (3.61).
Seattle is succeeding in a big way this season despite ranking a modest 14th in scoring (4.32 rpg) and 13th in team ERA (3.82). Despite those figures, the M’s also rank sixth in team batting average (.257), fifth in WHIP (1.20) and seventh in quality starts (28).
Seattle has gotten a bunch of quality campaigns thus far out of players you’ve likely never heard of including young outfielder Mitch Haniger and unheralded shortstop Jean Segura.