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2017 MLB World Series Odds & Picks

2017 MLB World Series Odds & Picks

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.

2017 World Series Odds
TEAM OPENING ODDS UPDATED ODDS
Chicago Cubs 3-1 7-2
Cleveland Indians 12-1 5
Boston Red Sox 10-1 7
Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 8
Washington Nationals 10-1 10
Houston Astros 12-1 10
New York Mets 12-1 12
San Francisco Giants 16-1 12
Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 25
Seattle Mariners 25-1 25
Texas Rangers 16-1 30
St. Louis Cardinals 20-1 30
Detroit Tigers 20-1 30
New York Yankees 25-1 30
Baltimore Orioles 20-1 40
Colorado Rockies 60-1 50
Kansas City Royals 30-1 60
Los Angeles Angels 100-1 60
Pittsburgh Pirates 30-1 60
Miami Marlins 40-1 80
Atlanta Braves 100-1 80
Tampa Bay Rays 60-1 80
Philadelphia Phillies 100-1 100
Arizona Diamondbacks 100-1 100
Minnesota Twins 100-1 100
Oakland Athletics 100-1 100
Milwaukee Brewers 100-1 300
Cincinnati Reds 100-1 300
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.

2017 MLB Opening Day Picks

2017 MLB Opening Day Picks

Will the Chicago Cubs kick off their defense of their 2016 World series title with a big victory over the NL Central division rival St. Louis Cardinals? Will the World Series runner-up Cleveland Indians do likewise against an offensive-minded Texas Rangers ballclub that won more regular season games than the Tribe a year ago?

Let’s find out the answers to both questions while examining some other Sunday and Monday openers.

2017 MLB Opening Day Picks

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay
When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1:10 PM ET
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: ESPN
Line: Tampa Bay +106
Total: 6.5

Analysis: The Yankees will hand the ball to right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 ERA) while Tampa Bay counters with right-hander Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA) and that’s not a good thing or the Rays seeing as how they were on the wrong end of a humbling 11-5 loss in Tanaka’s final start last season.

New York may not be a legitimate World Series title contender in 2017, but the Yankees are still far and away a better ballclub than the perennially rebuilding Rays. The Yankees have gone 8-0 in Tanaka’s last eight starts against the Rays, making the Yankees the easy pick to get the road win in their 2017 opener. Ply the Yankees and the Over to cash in twice!

Pick: New York 6 Tampa Bay 4

San Francisco at Arizona
When: Sunday, April 02 – 4:10 PM EST
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: ESPN2
Line: Arizona +111
Total: 7.5

Analysis: The Arizona Diamondbacks will trot out veteran right-hander Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA) and that would normally give the D-Backs a great chance to win. However, with Frisco going with staff ace lefty Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA) and the Giants looking to get back in the postseason in a big way, I like San Francisco to eke out  narrow road win in this NL West showdown. The Giants are 13-3 in their last 16 games against the D-Backs and 9-4 in Bumgarner’s last 13 starts against Arizona.

Pick: San Francisco 4 Arizona 2
 

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis
When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:35 PM ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
TV: ESPN
Line: Chicago -120
Total: 7

Analysis: Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) will take the mound for Chicago in his second opening day start for the Cubs opposite St. Louis Cardinals’ starter Carlos Martinez (16-9, 3.04 ERA).

While the Cardinals improved their roster and detracted from Chicago’s by adding versatile outfielder Dexter Fowler Jr. via free agency, I’m going to say the Cubs are the pick to get the narrow road win in their opener for one main reason – Chicago likely wants to send a message that they are going to go all-out to defend their World Series title in 2017.

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-0 the last time Lester made a road start in St. Louis last September and has gone 3-2 in five career road starts against the Cards. On the flip side of the coin, Carlos Martinez has lost two straight home starts against Chicago last season and was on the mound opposite Lester in St. Louis’ 7-0 drubbing in his last home start
against the Cubs.

Chicago is simply too loaded with talent and will outscore the Cardinals by two runs at the very least in this 2017 opener.

Pick: Chicago 4 St. Louis 2

L.A. Angels at Oakland
When: Monday, April 03 – 10:05 PM EST
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
TV: ESPN2
Line:L.A. Angels -115
Total: 8

Analysis: The Angels (74-88) and A’s (69-93) both underachieved in a big way last season, but I’m thinking the Halos could rebound in a big way in 2017 I they get any kind of decent pitching to go with the best player on the planet today in centerfielder Mike Trout.

The Angels will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 ERA) while the A’s counter with right-hander Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11 ERA). With both starting pitchers in this matchup being mostly mediocre, even on their best days, I like the Over 8 runs as my top pick.

These AL West division rivals have played Over their Over/Under Total in two straight meetings – and seven of the last 10 meetings overall. The last time Nolasco faced the A’s the Halos recorded an emphatic 8-1 home win while the last time Graveman took the mound for the A’s, Oakland was on the wrong end of a 8-6 road loss.

With both starters in this affair recording ERA’s last season over 4.00 and the Over going 10-3 in the last 13 meetings, I say keep it simple and play the Over – and if you must, back the better hitting Halos to win.

Pick: L.A. Angels 6 Oakland A’s 4