We have hit the mid-point in the 2017 MLB season. The Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers already have their eyes set at the post-season. All three will be wearing division crowns unless something crazy happens in the next two and a half months.
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The rest of the playoff cast is in flux. Between Boston, New York, and Tampa Bay, someone will win the AL East at the wire. Cleveland, Minnesota and Kansas City hope to string together a few wins to seperate themselves from the pack. They have been uncomfortably swimming a little above the .500 pool all season. And would someone please notify the Cubs that the season is half over?
2017 Mid-Season MLB World Series Odds & Picks
The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers 3/1
The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t have many weaknesses. Not only do they have the best record in the Majors, but they have a thirsty fan base and a team that has the swagger. They are hungry for a World Series title.
The Dodgers have the best-run differential in the MLB with +163. Their offense is loaded thanks to the rookie Cody Bellinger, who has helped the team post a 52-18 record since coming up from the minors.
Their pitching staff might be the only issue if you want to be picky. Pitchers Alex Wood, Rich Hill, and Brandon McCarthy don’t exactly have track records for long term consistancy. But ace Clayton Kershaw is looking for a 4th career CY Young award. The LA pitching corp is tops with a combined ERA of 3.15. The team is tied for first with 43 defensive runs saved. Weaknesses? They don’t seem to have any.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 World Series: Washington Nationals 6/1
Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon is as good of a batting order as you will get in the National League. The Nats made up most of the NL All-Star game lineup.
On the mound, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg could be the league’s best one-two pitching punch. If the relievers and closers can get their act together after blowing 14 saves so far this season, then the Nats are the team to beat.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Chicago Cubs 12/1
Are we just going to sit here and let the Cubs at 12/1 odds to win the World Series pass by? Entering the season, they were the favorites, and everybody was ready to crown them as back-to-back Champs. It seems the Cubbies are still suffering from a championship hangover that they can’t shake.
The Cubs enter the second half of the season trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 5.5 games in the NL East division. They have the team to make up that difference. If they fall short, they will make a dynamo wild card team. At 12/1 this is the perfect time to make a run for Chicago. The 12/1 value is simply too hard to pass up.
- Houston Astros 9/2
- Boston Red Sox 5/1
- Cleveland Indians 7/1
- Arizona Diamondbacks 18/1
- Colorado Rockies 20/1
- New York Yankees 20/1
- Kansas City Royals 20/1
- St. Louis Cardinals 25/1
- Milwaukee Brewers 30/1
- Tampa Bay Rays 50/1
- Seattle Mariners 60/1
- Texas Rangers 60/1
- Los Angeles Angels 100/1
- Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1
- Atlanta Braves 100/1
- Minnesota Twins 100/1
- New York Mets 100/1
- Toronto Blue Jays 100/1
- Miami Marlins 200/1
- Chicago White Sox 200/1
- Baltimore Orioles 200/1
- Detroit Tigers 300/1
- San Francisco Giants 500/1
- Cincinnati Reds 500/1
- Oakland Athletics 500/1
- San Diego Padres 2000/1
- Philadelphia Phillies 9999/1