Odds & Picks To Win The World Series

Who Will Win the 2015 MLB World Series?

Early October means that it’s time to take a look at the teams with a shot to win the 2015 World Series. Toronto, Kansas City and St. Louis leading the Vegas Odds to win the 2015 World Series all appear capable on paper to take home the top prize. But, do they have enough after a deep dig down into their rosters and starting rotations?

Odds On Who Will Win the 2015 World Series

  1. Toronto Blue Jays 3/1 – The Blue Jays go into the MLB Playoffs having lost 5 out of their last 6 games. They actually had the advantage over Kansas City for home field throughout the AL Playoffs, but failed to close the deal on that. Will they close the deal on a World Series win?  Two aces in David Price and Marcus Stroman and the future AL MVP in Josh Donaldson says that they will.

  2. Chicago Cubs 12/1 – Anthony Rizzo has turned into one of the top players in baseball. Their chances of winning the World Series actually depends on how well number two ace Jon Lester performs. Jake Arrieta starts this Wednesday against Pittsburgh. He’ll no doubt shut down the Bucs. Will Lester do his part against the Cardinals?  If he does, these guys could definitely beat any other team in the NL and end up facing Toronto in the Fall Classic.

  3. St. Louis Cardinals 5/1 – The Cardinals always find pitching from somewhere. They’ve got a decent rotation led by John Lackey. The rotation might not be as good as Toronto’s two aces, though. Not only that, but who is going to step up and help out Matt Carpenter?  He led the team in home runs at 28 and RBIs at 84. Lack of production at the plate could doom the Cards in the playoffs against the Cubs.
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers 6/1 – P Clayton Kershaw hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12.2 innings pitched. He’s rounding into form at the right time. Zack Greinke should win the NL CY Young Award. But, where’s the bullpen?  Also, Adrian Gonzalez leads the team in hits, OBP, BA, home runs and RBIs. That’s a lot of pressure to place on Gonzo.

  5. Kansas City Royals 5/1 – It’s tough to look past the Royals because they were so good last season. But, the ace this year, Johnny Cueto, isn’t any better than their ace last year, James Shields. In fact, Cueto has looked downright bad in games. Without Cueto finding his best form, the Royals won’t go far in the playoffs. The Royals are also having trouble with their vaunted bullpen.
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1 – If the Pirates manage to take down Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Wednesday, they have a great shot against the Cardinals. Pittsburgh plays St. Louis tough. At 12 to 1, they’ve got a serious chance if they can just get by Arrieta, which won’t be easy to do.
  7. Houston Astros 16/1 – Yes, pitcher Scott Kazmir hasn’t been very good since coming over via trade, but Dallas Kuechel is the real deal. Kuechel pitches against the Yankees in the AL Wildcard Game on Tuesday. He should shut down the Yankees. If he does, expect the ‘Stros to give Kansas City all that they can handle in the AL Divisional Playoffs.
  8. New York Mets 6/1 – The Mets probably don’t have the bats to contend with some of the better hitting teams in the playoffs. They could make a run due to Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard’s pitching, but after that, things might get tough for the team from Queens.

  9. Texas Rangers 12/1 – The pitching is suspect. Texas’ ace, Cole Hamels, has allowed 23 hits from 76 at-bats to Toronto. Nobody else in the Rangers rotation can handle Toronto either. The Blue Jays should sweep Texas in the AL Divisional Playoffs.
  10. New York Yankees 14/1 – Their starter in Tuesday’s AL Wildcard Game, Masahiro Tanaka, doesn’t have a good history in limited at-bats versus the ‘Stros. Without Tanaka winning that game for the Yankees, the Bronx Bombers will be out of it before the real playing even starts.

Now the MLB series-by-series schedule:

American League Wild Card Game

Who: Astros vs. Yankees
Where: New York
When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8:00 pm ET
TV: ESPN

National League Wild Card Game

Who: Cubs vs. Pirates
Where: Pittsburgh
When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8:00 pm ET
TV: TBS

American League Division Series

Who: Rangers vs. Blue Jays
Where: Games 1, 2, 5 in Toronto; Games 3, 4 in Texas
When: See chart below
TV: See chart below

American League Division Series

Who: AL Wild Card winner vs. Royals
Where: Games 1, 2, 5 in Kansas City; Games 3, 4 in Houston/New York
When: See chart below
TV: See chart below

National League Division Series

Who: Mets vs. Dodgers
Where: Games 1, 2, 5 in Los Angeles; Games 3, 4 in New York
When: See chart below
TV: See chart below

National League Division Series

Who: NL Wild Card winner vs. Cardinals
Where: Games 1, 2, 5 in St. Louis; Games 3, 4 in Chicago/Pittsburgh
When: See chart below
TV: See chart below

Thursday, Oct. 8 ALDS Game 1: AL Wild Card winner at Royals
ALDS Game 1: Rangers at Blue Jays
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
Friday, Oct. 9 ALDS Game 2: AL Wild Card winner at Royals
ALDS Game 2: Rangers at Blue Jays
NLDS Game 1: NL Wild Card winner at Cardinals
NLDS Game 1: Mets at Dodgers
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
TBS
TBS
Saturday, Oct. 10 NLDS Game 2: NL Wild Card winner at Cardinals
NLDS Game 2: Mets at Dodgers
TBS
TBS
Sunday, Oct. 11 ALDS Game 3: Royals at AL Wild Card winner
ALDS Game 3: Blue Jays at Rangers
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
Monday, Oct. 12 *ALDS Game 4: Royals at AL Wild Card winner
*ALDS Game 4: Blue Jays at Rangers
NLDS Game 3: Cardinals at NL Wild Card winner
NLDS Game 3: Dodgers at Mets
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
TBS
TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 13 *NLDS Game 4: Cardinals at NL Wild Card winner 
*NLDS Game 4: Dodgers at Mets
TBS
TBS
Wednesday, Oct. 14 *ALDS Game 5: AL Wild Card winner at Royals
*ALDS Game 5: Rangers at Blue Jays
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
FOX, FS1 or MLBN
Thursday, Oct. 15 *NLDS Game 5: NL Wild Card winner at Cardinals
*NLDS Game 5: Mets at Dodgers
TBS
TBS

*If necessary; LDS times TBD

For the planners, mark your calendars. The ALCS begins on Friday, Oct. 16th. The NLCS on Saturday, Oct. 17th. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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