Updated 2018 World Series Odds – June 5th Edition
2018 World Series Odds – Favorites
Houston Astros 5/1The 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 6/1No 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 6/1The 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 10/1The 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 10/1Washington (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