MLB Betting Favorites Dominating the Early Action
With the 2016 MLB regular season now in full swing, it’s time to take a look at just how each of the ‘favorites’ to win the 2016 World Series are faring against their season-long futures MLB odds. While some favorites are playing up to their full capabilities, others are falling short of their expectations and some are just plain ‘ugly’ baseball so far. Thanks to the exert betting analysis that you’re about to get, you’ll have a great idea of just which of these contenders stand the best chances of bagging the 2016 World Series title. Okay, with thoughts of boosting the annual MLB betting bankroll in mind, let’s get started!
A Look at the MLB Betting Favorites Dominating the Early Action
Season Opening 2016 World Series Odds – Current Odds: The Favorites
|Team||Season Opening Odds|
San Francisco Giants
New York Mets
Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
The Cubs (25-6) have been even better than expected so far this season and have the look of a team that will not be denied! Chicago has shown its ability to win anywhere by going 12-3 at home and 13-3 on the road. More importantly, the Cubbies rank a stupendous first in scoring (6.2 rpg) and first in defense (2.9 rpg). In addition to Jake Arrieta’s perfect 6-0 start and insane 1.13 ERA, the Cubs have also watched starters Jason Hammel (4-0, 1.85 ERA) and Jon Lester (4-1, 1.96 ERA) get off to absolutely phenomenal starts this season.
The Mets (20-12) have also recorded winning home (9-6) and away record (11-6) so far as they rank ninth in scoring (4.3 rpg) and a stellar second in runs allowed (2.9 rpg). Noah Syndergaard, a revitalized Bartolo Colon and underrated Steven Matz, all have ERA’s under 3.00.
Right now, Washington (20-13) looks like they’ll contend all season under widely-respected manager Dusty Baker and it’s easy to see why. The Nationals rank eighth in scoring (4.4 rpg) and third in runs allowed (3.2 rpg) despite the fact that Max Scherzer is off to a mediocre 3-2 start with a high, 4.60 ERA after seven starts.
Kansas City (15-17) has struggled lately, mostly because they’re struggling to put runs on the board, ranking a modest 12th by putting up 3.5 runs per game. Still, with an elite defense and excellent pitching staff, K.C. is ranked seventh in runs allowed (4.1 rpg) and looks like they’ll be legitimate contenders for the third straight season despite currently sitting in third place in the AL Central.
San Francisco is in third place in the NL West (17-18) right now, but make no mistake about it…with an offense that is ranked sixth in scoring (4.6 rpg) and a defense that is ranked 10th in runs allowed per game (4.8), I expect the Giants will be legitimate contenders for their division title at the very least – and if they get into the postseason – they could surprise.
Red Sox 14/1
The BoSox (20-13) are in second in the AL East just percentage points behind Baltimore, but with David Ortiz (.321, 9 HR, 29 RBI) playing like a spry 20-year-old, this team could surprise. The good news is that Boston ranks second in all of baseball in scoring (5.5 rpg). Still, I say be careful BoSox nation, because the pitching staff has been mediocre at best despite ranking 11th in runs allowed (4.4 rpg).
The Dodgers (17-16) are ranked a respectable 10th in scoring (4.2 rpg) and an impressive fourth in runs allowed (3.8 rpg). Staff ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.04 ERA) and unheralded right-hander Kent Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA) has been an absolute revelation!
Cardinals and Pirates
In the cases of the St. Louis Cardinals (25/1) and Pittsburgh Pirates (20/1), both NL Central division hopefuls are playing decent baseball, but nothing to write home about. Right now, it looks like the Cards (17-16) and Bucs (17-15) will be extremely hard-pressed to beat out either Chicago, New York or even Washington for the NL Pennant.
Blue Jays 14/1
The Jays (18-17) are in a tight four-way race for first place in the AL East and could contend all season long with an offense that is ranked ninth in runs per game (4.0) and a defense that ranks third in runs allowed (3.5 rpg).
New York (13-18) was on the list of ‘favorites’ to start the season, but right now it’s pretty evident that the Bronx Bombers are pretty mediocre all the way around. The Yankees are ranked 11th in scoring (3.8 rpg) and 10th in runs allowed (4.4 rpg).
You may not know who the hell second baseman Rougned Odor or right fielder Nomar Mazara are, but Texas (19-15) is off to a good start because of the young pair. Odor is hitting a team-high .309 with seven home runs and 21 RBI while Mazara is hitting .301 with four long balls. Five Rangers have already recorded at least 30 hits, so this team could simply bash its way to a division crown – if not much more.