Meet the MLB Betting Favorites Heading into 2015

Meet the MLB Betting Favorites Heading into 2015

Written by on April 1, 2015

If you’re an MLB betting enthusiast that is excited about the upcoming 2015 season and you’re looking to gather as much information as possible on the favorites to win this season’s World Series title, then you’ve come to the right place! Thanks to the expert MLB betting advice you’re going to get in this in-depth betting breakdown, you’re going to have an excellent idea of just which teams stand the best chances of actually cashing in on their season-long MLB Futures Odds and bringing home the bacon by winning the 2015 World Series. With Opening Day quickly approaching, let’s get down to the business at hand.

In Depth Look at the Odds to Win 2015 World Series

nationalsWashington Nationals +500

The Nationals won a whopping 96 games last season but saw their 2014 campaign come to an abrupt halt in the National League Division Series. Nevertheless, the Nats are now the odds-on-favorite to win the 2015 World Series after adding veteran hurler Max Scherzer to a starting rotation that was already scary good to begin with. Washington may have overpaid Scherzer by giving the 30-year-old starter a jaw-dropping 7-year deal worth $210 million, but now the Nats undoubtedly have the best starting rotation in all of baseball. If Ryan Zimmerman can make the adjustment to first base and both, Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper can stay healthy, Washington could very well win it all in 2015. Check out Washington’s 2015 projected starting rotation. Max Scherzer – RHP – 2014 Stats – (18-5), 33 G, 33 GS, 220 ⅓ IP, 3.15 ERA, Stephen Strasburg – RHP – 2014 Stats – (14-11), 34 G, 34 GS, 215 IP, 3.14 ERA Jordan Zimmermann – RHP – 2014 Stats – (14-5), 32 G, 32 GS, 199 ⅔ IP, 2.66 ERA Doug Fister – RHP – 2014 Stats – (16-6), 25 G, 25 GS, 164 IP, 2.41 ERA Gio Gonzalez – RHP – 2014 Stats – (10-10), 27 G, 27 GS, 158 ⅔ IP, 3.57 ERA

dodgersLos Angeles Dodgers +800

The Dodgers won an impressive 94 games this past season and looked like they were headed to a Word Series appearance – until 2014 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw gout pounded in the postseason (twice) by the St. Louis Cardinals that is. The Dodgers will have a bit of a different look in 2015 after adding veteran second baseman Howie Kendrick to give them some more pop in the batting order and veteran hurlers Brandon McCarthy, Dan Haren, Joe Wieland and Erik Bedard in an effort to improve a pitching staff that was mostly mediocre behind Kershaw last season. Overcoming the losses of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez may be a bit tougher than L.A. imagined.

angelsLos Angeles Angels +1200

After winning a whopping 98 games to take the AL West Pennant, the Angels were unceremoniously swept out of the postseason by the incendiary Kansas City Royals in 2014. Still, the Halos look like they’ll at least contend again in 2015 – if they can get some competent starting pitching (outside of Jered Weaver and Garrett Richards) to compliment the jaw-dropping talents of center fielder Mike Trout. Oh…and I’m not real impressed with their offseason additions of DH Matt Joyce, second baseman Josh Rutledge or pitchers Andrew Heaney and Ryan Mattheus.

cardinalsSt. Louis Cardinals +1300

If you love Major League Baseball, then you’ve got to respect the way the St. Louis Cardinals go about their business of building perennial title contenders. Not only did the Cards win 90 games and hold off a determined Pittsburgh Pirates team to win the NL Central by two games, but they also took the seemingly superior Los Angeles Dodgers and ‘unhittable’ Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw out behind the wood shed for an old-fashioned spanking in their NLDS matchup. St. Louis had an understated offseason but did acquire veteran first baseman mark Reynolds while retaining veteran right-hander John Lackey y exercising a team option for 2015. The bottom line with the St. Louis Cardinals is that no baseball betting enthusiast should ever put anything past this franchise.

red-soxBoston Red Sox +1400

Boston floundered like a fish out of water last season by going 71-91 to finish last in the AL East, but the BoSox expected to be a legitimate World Series contender in 2015 after making several offseason transactions to upgrade their roster and I believe they could challenge for supremacy in the American League.  

cubsChicago Cubs +1400

The Chicago Cubs added manager Joe Maddon in one of the biggest offseason transactions in all of baseball. The former Tampa Bay Rays leader is widely-regarded as one of the best in the business, but he’ll have his work cut out in trying to improve a ballclub that went 73-89 to finish dead last in the competitive NL Central last season. The Cubbies did add veteran left-hander Jon Lester to lead their starting rotation and they have one of baseball’s best young talents in third baseman Kris Bryant. Still, leapfrogging some of their NL Central rivals will be a tough task for the Cubs in Maddon’s first season at the helm.

marinersSeattle Mariners +1500

The Mariners had a surprisingly solid season in winning 87 games to finish third in the AL West, 11 games behind the division-winning Angels. Now, the M’s head into the 2015 regular season with serious postseason expectations after adding players like sweet-swinging Nelson Cruz and centerfielder Austin Jackson among others. Young hurler Taijuan Walker has looked absolutely dominant this spring, giving the Mariners at least four legitimate starting pitchers for the first time in ages. If Seattle’s bench holds up, Seattle could be back in the postseason for the first time in 13 seasons.

giantsSan Francisco Giants +1600

San Francisco may have won its third World Series title in the last five years by bringing home the bacon in 2014, but the Giants also took a couple of significant offseason hits this past winter, the most notable being the defection of underrated third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Frisco’s starting lineup and bullpen look solid enough right now, but I’m going on record right now to say that the Giants will struggle to score runs in 2015 with an offense I believe will be mediocre at best.

white-soxChicago White Sox +1800

Like their cross-town rivals in Chicago, the ChiSox went 73-89 in 2014. The White Sox narrowly avoided ending up in their division’s basement only because the lowly Minnesota Twins won just 70 games.  

padresSan Diego Padres +2000

The San Diego Padres won 77 games in 2014 to finish in third place in the competitive NL West, a whopping 17 games behind the Dodgers and 11 games behind San Francisco. Nevertheless, the Padres had the best offseason of any team in either league. San Diego brought in veteran outfielders Matt Kemp and Justin Upton while adding veteran catcher Derek Norris to a batting order that was sorely lacking in 2014. The Padres also added veteran starter James Shields to a starting rotation that had the second best ERA in the National League in 2014. At +2000, the Padres look like a great wager to win it all.

tigersDetroit Tigers +2200

The Tigers were impressive in recording 90 victories in 2014 to win their fourth straight AL Central crown, but Detroit will have to overcome the loss of dominant starter Max Scherzer if they want to reach the Promised Land in 2015. Of course, the Tigers still have Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the middle of their batting order, so scoring runs likely won’t be a problem. If Justin Verlander can rebound from a mediocre campaign and Alfredo Simon can pitch like he did in the first half of last season, the Tigers could win their fifth straight division crown, though they’ll definitely be tested in 2015, if not surpassed.