2018 World Series betting is just about to heat up. Pre-season World Series favorites, like the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees, have garnered plenty of action. But, like what happens around this time every year, a few teams shake up the 2018 World Series odds.
Check out who those teams are.
Surprise MLB Teams that are Shaking Up the 2018 World Series Odds
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Every season, teams like those listed below throw a wrench into World Series Odds. Teams like those below weren’t supposed to challenge for the Fall Classic. Yet, here they are, in contention. Let’s do a deeper dive into each team.
2018 World Series Odds: +1200
At 12 to 1 on MyBookie, the Braves are a legit contender to win the NL Pennant and the World Series. Where did this come from? Only two seasons ago, Atlanta was arguably the worst team in Major League Baseball. Now, the Braves lead the NL East over the Washington Nationals. The Braves are doing it without a true ace. Atlanta does rank fifth in team hitting, though.
The Braves team batting average is a healthy .259. Atlanta’s 98 home runs ranks fourth behind Boston, Houston, and Seattle.
2018 World Series Odds: +1000
The Brew Crew fought the Chicago Cubs until the very end for the NL Central Division last season. By a game and a half, Milwaukee is in first place in the NL Central over the Chicago Cubs. That could all change quickly, which is why the Cubs are at +800.
But, Milwaukee wasn’t supposed to lead the NL Central at any point this season. Most baseball analysts had the Brewers in third place behind the Cubs and Cardinals. Plenty of baseball bettors believe in Milwaukee as evidenced by their 10 to 1 odds on MyBookie.
2018 World Series Odds: +1500
Here’s another NL team whose odds have been cut down significantly since the beginning of the season. What’s up with Philadelphia? Atlanta was one of the worst teams in MLB a couple of seasons ago. Philly has been one of the worst teams in MLB in what feels like a decade.
This season, the Phillies do have an ace in Jake Arrieta. Not only that, but as of July 6, they’re second in the NL East Division with a 47 and 37 record. Philadelphia’s ascension has caused World Series Odds to go so whacky that pre-season +800 choice Washington’s odds are now at +1800.
2018 World Series Odds: +750
The Mariners are the only AL team that shows up on the list. Anybody who said that they knew Seattle would pose a challenge to World Series Champion Houston winning the AL West Division is lying.
The Mariners are only a game and a half behind the Astros in the AL West. Seattle can not only score, the team batting average is .260 and they’ve hit 105 home runs, but they can also pitch. The bullpen ranks eleventh in ERA with a 3.75. The starting rotation ranks twelfth in team ERA with a 3.87.
Both James Paxton and Wade LeBlanc are legitimate ace pitchers. Felix Hernandez, Mike Leake, and Marco Gonzalez all have winning records. Gonzalez’ ERA is 3.64. That’s why the Seattle Mariners odds have dove to less than +800. They’ve got a great rotation that they back up with a decent bullpen.