With the start of the 2017 MLB regular season here, baseball bettors across the globe are looking for winning World Series picks. Keep reading for mine.
2017 MLB World Series Odds & Picks
Thanks to the expert insight that you’re abut to receive on a quartet of World Series title hopefuls, you’re going to have a great idea of which teams are offering the best value in their chase to bring home this season’s World series hardware.
Odds as of March 27.
|TEAM||OPENING ODDS||UPDATED ODDS|
|Boston Red Sox||10-1||7|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||10-1||8|
|New York Mets||12-1||12|
|San Francisco Giants||16-1||12|
|Toronto Blue Jays||14-1||25|
|St. Louis Cardinals||20-1||30|
|New York Yankees||25-1||30|
|Kansas City Royals||30-1||60|
|Los Angeles Angels||100-1||60|
|Tampa Bay Rays||60-1||80|
|Chicago White Sox||60-1||500|
|San Diego Padres||100-1||500|
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 World Series: Chicago Cubs 19/5
The defending champion Cubs (103-58) are the prohibitive favorites for a reason – and that would be because the once lovable losers are now loaded with elite talent. Reigning NL MVP winner Kris Bryant is still very young and will likely only get better moving forward and that is just plain old scary. The Cubs will also have the gifted Kyle Schwarber back for a full season and will almost surely get better production from outfielder Jason Heyward in his second season in Chi-Town. Chicago cruised during the regular season a year ago, but could have a bit tougher way to go in 2017. Still though, the Cubbies are the favorites for a reason.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 World Series: Cleveland Indians 7/1
The Indians (94-67) look like the ‘smart’ team to back in 2017 after they came up just short against the Cubs in the 2016 World Series. Cleveland added big-time hitter Edwin Encarnacion from Toronto to an already dangerous lineup that excelled despite not having a really big run-producing bat in the lineup. Cleveland will have the talented Michael Brantley back on the field after he missed virtually all of the 2016 season, following two very productive seasons for the Tribe and the Indians will have more than enough motivation, not to mention the fact that they may have the best manager in all of baseball in the widely-respected Terry Francona.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Washington Nationals 12/1
The Nats (95-67) still have a solid core group of stars featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy. Washington is counting on big things from young shortstop phenom Tre Turner and starter Tanner Roark and added veteran Adam Eaton, Matt Weiters and Adam Lind to help them get where they want to go this coming season.
However, the Nats will go only as far as Harper takes them in 2017 after a wildly inconsistent 2016 campaign that came on the heels of his jaw-dropping MVP season of 2015. Harper was limited to an uninspiring .243 batting average with just 24 home runs
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Los Angeles Angels 60/1
I know it’s hard to believe that the Angels (74-88) won a whopping 98 games and scored more runs than any team in baseball just three years ago, but it’s true. Unfortunately, the Halos have gone backward ever since and sank to just 74 wins in 2016.
Still, I like the Angeles as a longshot pick to challenge for the AL Pennant in 2017, even though it’s going to take someone other than gifted outfielder Mike Trout to get them where they want to go.
The Halos need to get some good production from veteran hurler Garrett Richards and certainly need more out of aging former MVL Albert Pujols after he hit a modest .268 with 31 home runs last season.
However, I do expect the Angels to be one of the better defensive teams in the league in 2017 and believe they could stun everyone in the American League if they get the pitching and batting help for Trout that they need.