2017 World Series Odds & PicksNoah Williams
With the start of the 2017 MLB regular season just a week away, baseball fans and betting enthusiasts everywhere are jumping for joy in anticipation of the new season. Better yet, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on the season-long MLB Futures odds to win the 2017 World Series, thanks to the expert analysis and accompanying free picks that you’re about to get. Don’t forget to check out the NL and AL futures odds & picks.
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2017 MLB World Series Odds & Picks
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 World Series: Chicago Cubs 7/2
Not only did the Cubs record the best record in all of baseball last season (103-58), but more importantly, Chicago has the look and roster of a team that looks like it will contend for the foreseeable future.
Chicago is absolutely loaded with young talent, starting with 2016 NL MVP winner Kris Bryant (.292. 39 HRs) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (109 RBIs) among others. The Cubs lost outfielder Dexter Fowler, but will have Kyle Schwarber back on the field in 2017 after he missed virtually all of 2016 and they’re expecting even bigger things out of 24-year-old postseason star Javier Baez.
If Chicago gets some quality pitching from their quartet of veteran starters, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey, they could run away with the NL Pennant. If not, they could struggle, even with their loaded roster.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 World Series: Boston Red Sox 6/1
Boston went 93-69 last season to win the AL East title before losing to Cleveland in the ALDS, but the BoSox are expected to contend again in 2017 after adding gifted starter Chris Sale, first baseman Mitch Moreland and right-hander Tyler Thornburg.
The Red Sox will have to overcome the retirement of David Ortiz and that will be a difficult task, seeing as how Big Papi led the Red Sox in homers (38), doubles (48), RBI (127), on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.620).
However, Boston’s offense should still be able to put some runs on the board seeing as how they led the majors in runs scored and OPS last season and still features gifted hitters like Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and rookie of the year candidate Andrew Benintendi.
If the Sox get some quality pitching from their ‘Big Three’ of Sale, AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the gifted but inconsistent David Price, they could very well win the 2017 World Series.
The Value Bet To Win The 2017 World Series: Texas Rangers 16/1
The Rangers won 95 games last season to bag the AL West division crown and have the talent to repeat, if not surpass their one-and-done postseason run from last season.
Texas re-signed Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy and added savvy veteran Mike Napoli to help fill the void of losing Mitch Moreland, Ian Desmond and Carlos Beltran.
However, the Rangers will only go as far as their pitching takes them (again) and they really need gifted Japanese superstar Yu Darvish to stay healthy after he was limited to just 17 starts last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow. If Darvish can get back to throwing the ball like only he can, he could join veteran Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA) to give the Rangers one of the best one-to combinations in all of baseball.
The Longshot To Win The 2017 World Series: Kansas City Royals 40/1
The Royals are back to being underdogs, but that’s okay, they actually love being overlooked. Kansas City returns a good core of their 2015 World Series team in Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, and Alcides Escobar and they also made some nice offseason additions by trading all-Star closer Wade Davis for Chicago Cubs outfield Jorge Soler while also moving speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson for Mariners starter Nathan Karns.
Kansas City suffered a massive loss back on January 22 when gifted young starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in his home country of the Dominican Republic, but they signed Chicago Cubs starter Jason Hammel to a two-year deal after he went 15-10 with 3.83 ERA in 2016.
The Royals also added outfielder Brandon Moss to fill the void left by Kendrys Morales who signed earlier this off-season with the Blue Jays. If Kansas City’s starting pitching shines and they can get a lead to their incomparable bullpen more often than not, the Royals could surprise in a big way in 2017.