The halfway point of the 2018 MLB Season is just about here. Let’s take a look at updated World Series odds as well as predictions for both the AL and NL.
Updated MLB Odds to Win the 2018 World Series, Predictions for AL & NL
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First, we’ll look at odds and make predictions on the National League. Then, we’ll turn our attention to the American League.
Updated 2018 National League Odds
- Arizona Diamondbacks +1000
- Chicago Cubs +1100
- Milwaukee Brewers +1100
- L.A. Dodgers +1200
- Washington Nationals +1200
The odds imply that if any team from the National League wins this year’s World Series it will be either the D’Backs, Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, or Nationals. Of those teams listed above, the squad with the best shot are the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The reason the D’Backs are the favorites is because they rank third in MLB in Team ERA. With a team ERA of 3.38, Arizona is almost guaranteed to keep games close until their bats can get warm. Does that make Arizona is my prediction to win the World Series from the National League? Not even close.
I like AZ to win the NL West. But, the team that should rise to the top in the NL and win the pennant are the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, who took home the World Series a couple of seasons ago, is only 2.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central Division.
The Cubs finally have it together after a terrible May. They should ride that to a World Series appearance this season.
Updated 2018 American League Odds
- Houston Astros +250
- New York Yankees +300
- Boston Red Sox +400
- Seattle Mariners +800
The American League isn’t as deep in terms of teams that could win the World Series as the National League is. However, the four betting interests at single-digit odds to win the World Series from the AL are all at lower odds than any team in the NL.
Which team has the best chance at a World Series berth? The AL favorite Houston Astros. It makes sense to go against the Astros this year because it’s rare that a team repeats as World Series Champions.
But, Houston has the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Justin Verlander, Dallas Kuechel, and Gerrit Cole are ace pitchers. Lance McCullers Jr. is close to an ace pitcher. Charlie Morton is 10 and 1 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Yep, ace pitcher.
That means Houston has 4 starters in their starting 5 that are ace pitchers. The fact that they can hit it out of the park on almost any pitch also gives them an upper hand over the Yankees and Red Sox.
Let the dynasty begin!