2018 World Series Odds Update – September 11 Edition

Written by on September 11, 2018

With around two weeks left in the current MLB Regular Season, the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have solidified their positions as 2018 World Series odds favorites. Check out World Series odds and analysis.

2018 World Series Odds Update – September 11th Edition

  • Boston Red Sox             +350
  • Houston Astros             +400
  • A. Dodgers             +650
  • Chicago Cubs             +650
  • New York Yankees             +950
  • Cleveland Indians             +1000
  • Oakland Athletics             +1400
  • Colorado Rockies             +1400
  • Atlanta Braves             +1500
  • Milwaukee Brewers             +1600
  • Louis Cardinals             +1600
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +1800
  • Philadelphia Phillies +3300

Who’s got the better shot at the 2018 World Series Glory? Red Sox or Astros?

As of Sep. 10, Boston’s got the best record in MLB at 98-46. Houston has the second best record in MLB at 90-54. The Red Sox have dominated the AL East Division while Houston struggled to keep Seattle at bay in the first half of the season and have struggled to keep Oakland at bay in the second half of the season. Although the Stros haven’t yet closed the book on the Athletics, Houston might be the team to back to repeat as World Series Champions. With two weeks left, Houston has gone 18-18 in the second half. Glass half empty baseball fans say that the Astros aren’t the same team that they were in the first half of the season. Glass half full baseball fans point to Houston’s struggles and say that unlike Boston, Houston’s battle-tested. I’m more of a glass half full guy when it comes to the Houston Astros. If they keep Oakland from upsetting them and taking the AL West, I think the difficult games set them up for another World Series run.

Which +650 team offers more value in the 2018 World Series odds? Cubs or Dodgers?

Both made huge moves for a World Series run. The Dodgers traded for Manny Machado.  So far, so good because Machado bats .301, has hit 33 home runs, and has batted in 90 runs. The Cubs went the opposite way. Instead of acquiring a crazy good bat, the Cubs acquired one of the best post-season pitchers in recent memory, Cole Hamels. The Cubs went 6-0 in the former World Series MVP first 6 starts. Since then, the Cubs have gone 0-2. Does that mean trading for Hamels was a bad idea? Not at all. The Cubs back their starting rotation up with the 4th best bullpen in MLB. Chicago’s BP is 32-17 this season. Cubs’ relievers post a 3.36 team ERA. The Cubs are only a game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the Central Division. Doesn’t sound promising but it’s more promising than the Los Angeles Dodgers who are 1.5 games behind the Colorado Rockies. That, and Chicago’s excellent bullpen, makes the Cubbies a better play at +650 than the L.A. Dodgers.

What double-digit odds team has the best shot at winning the World Series?

Last season’s World Series favorite, Cleveland, must battle either the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox at some point during the playoffs.  The Tribe is a throw out. Oakland is good enough, but like Cleveland, they must beat Houston or Boston to make it to the World Series. Colorado doesn’t have the pitching, which leads me to believe Atlanta’s got the best shot to win the World Series at double-digit odds. The Braves should win the NL East Division. They’re only 3 games behind the Cubs for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs while like what Chicago did by acquiring Hamels, Atlanta bolstered their rotation by acquiring Kevin Gausman. Atlanta’s gone 5-2 in Gausman’s 7 starts in a Braves’ uniform. All 5 starting pitchers in Atlanta’s rotation have sub-4.00 ERAs. Atlanta’s bullpen isn’t great, but with a rotation like that, manager Brian Snitker can mix and match. The Atlanta Braves are the play if you’re looking to back a double-digit dog.
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