Despite a number of MLB odds favorites living up to their billings in the 2015 season, the baseball betting lines were largely dominated by darkhorse and underdog MLB online betting picks. The Washington Nationals, who had the shortest odds to win the World Series, followed into the recent trend of slumps by the favorites, failing to measure up to the expectations. Instead, it was the Kansas City Royals, who entered last season with +2500 odds to win the Fall Classic, that eventually won the World Series. The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers did not make it all the way to the Fall Classic, but they did earn surprising entries into the postseason despite being valued at a distant +10000 in the MLB betting boards to win the World Series.
Bold Super Early MLB Betting Predictions for the 2016 Major League Baseball SeasonWill the 2016 favorites falter once again at the expense of the underdogs? How about the individual player awards; are there any proven and rising stars that can be considered as solid locks? What of the regular-season win totals; which OVER/UNDER MLB picks offer the best value? Read on below to find out what our handicapper has to say in the bold MLB betting predictions below.
The Curse of the Favorites Will Stop the Cubs from winning the 2016 World SeriesBesides the ominous fact that the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 (that’s 108 damn years without the Fall Classic title), recent history has it that teams favored to win the World Series never do it. The 2009 NY Yankees are the last spring favorites to win it all. Since then, it has been a streak of disappointments for the teams with the shortest odds to win the World Series, as is detailed below:
- In 2010, the Yankees (+325 favorites to repeat as World Champions) lost in six games to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS after finishing second in the AL East
- In 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies (+350 spring favorite to win the Fall Classic) led the majors with 102 wins in 2011 (after also leading the MLB with 97 wins in 2010) but were upset in the NLDS by wild-card team St. Louis in five games
- In 2012, the Phillies once again opened as +550 favorites, only to post a disappointing 81-81 record that saw them miss the postseason. The Giants and the Tigers went on to meet in the 2012 World Series, where San Francisco (who opened the season at +2000 to win it all) swept Detroit to claim the title).
- In 2013, the L.A. Dodgers and the Washington Nationals were co-favorites at +750 to win the World Series. The Nationals missed the playoffs. The Dodgers, after winning the NL West and beating Atlanta in the NLDS, lost in six games in the NLCS to St. Louis. The Red Sox (who opened the season at +2800 to win the World Series) beat the Cardinals to win it all.
- In 2014, the Dodgers were installed as +700 spring favorites. They won the NL West again but were defeated by the Cardinals in four games in the NLDS. San Francisco (installed at +2500 in the spring) went on to win the World Series.
- In 2015, the Nationals were +650 World Series favorites after adding ace pitcher Max Scherzer in free agency. The Nats missed the playoffs with 83 wins. Kansas City (installed at +3300 to win the World Series at the start of the season) beat the Mets in five games in the Fall Classic.