MLB World Series Betting Odds
Betting Odds To Win World Series
Ranking The Best Options For The Fall Classic – The online betting odds for the World Series have essentially narrowed it down to a handful of teams as we head down the stretch towards the playoffs, and here are the teams that give you the best chance in your sportsbook.
Philadelphia Phillies – Pitchers have taken most of the attention over the past couple of seasons, and no team has more than the Phillies, whose offense is starting to come around and the pickup of Hunter Pence ahead of the trade deadline should be huge.
Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox may depend on their offense a little too much, but they have loads of it and Carl Crawford hasn’t even played well yet this season. The problem is the starting pitching: do you trust anyone outside of Josh Beckett and Jon Lester? Can the Red Sox bomb their way to another title?
New York Yankees – The Yankees are in the same boat at the Red Sox; tons of hitting and little starting pitching. C.C. Sabathia is a beast, but between Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett you have no idea what you’re going to get. The Yankees were surprisingly quiet at the deadline and that may come back to bite them.
Texas Rangers – The Rangers’ pitching has actually stepped up huge in 2011 and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they managed to leapfrog the Red Sox and Yankees thanks to their hurlers. The Rangers are also hardened by last year’s loss to San Francisco in the World Series, so they know what it takes, and losing Cliff Lee to Philadelphia isn’t as big a deal as previously thought. Texas may be a smarter MLB betting choice than either Boston or New York.
Atlanta Braves – The Braves are a darkhorse because of their stellar pitching and in Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, they have a one-two punch in the rotation that will hold them down when Tim Hudson retires. But Jason Heyward hasn’t been as productive in his sophomore season and the Braves may be missing one more big bat.
Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers swing big bats, but the pitching can be inconsistent, and it’s tough to put all the pressure on one guy, but a lot of Milwaukee’s fortunes if they make it to the postseason will depend on Zack Greinke, who has had issues with anxiety in the past and that is why he chose to play in Milwaukee instead of New York; how will he fare in the playoffs?
San Francisco Giants – Once again, the Giants are dangerous underdogs because of their pitching, which still holds up against anyone in the majors with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain leading the way, and Brian Wilson shutting the door. The Giants also picked up Carlos Beltran at the deadline to arm themselves with a bat, and that gives them the edge over the likes of Atlanta.
Detroit Tigers -You can’t stress how important pitching is nowadays, and the Tigers may have the best pitcher, right now, in Justin Verlander. But it gets shaky after the ace and that isn’t going to cut it against Boston, New York and Texas. Unless they can figure out how to start Verlander every second day, the Tigers shouldn’t be a threat for MLB betting players.
St. Louis Cardinals – St. Louis is a smarter bet than Detroit because they have Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia leading the pitchers, along with Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday at the plate. The Cardinals have gone through a lot on and off the field and it is a testament to their organization that they’re still in the hunt. They probably don’t have enough to win the World Series, but it wouldn’t be a horrible sports betting wager to lay a little. .