World Series Odds Update: Stable at the Top
The baseball season is less than two weeks old and not surprisingly little has changed on the World Series odds at the Bovada Sportsbook.
The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are still the World Series favorites at +450. The Cubs have started the season strong at 5-2 through their first seven games. With the young core of their World Series winning team including Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez all returning and expected to be around for years, the Cubs should remain the favorite or at least among the favorites all season long barring any major injuries.
Close behind the Cubs on the Bovada Sportsbook World Series futures are the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians, both at +550. The Red Sox started the season with one of their big guns, David Price, on the disabled list. Of course it's easier to deal with that when you have the reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and dominant southpaw Chris Sale also in your rotation.
The Indians are looking to take the next step after coming one win short of a World Series title last season. Cleveland got to the World Series with two of their top starters, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, injured. It will be interesting to see what Cleveland can do with their starting rotation intact and the addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
The only other team currently getting triple digit odds at the Bovada Sportsbook are the Los Angeles Dodgers at +900. The Dodgers' 4-4 start may be somewhat disappointing so far but with a rotation headed by Clayton Kershaw and a lineup led by Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pedersen, the Dodgers are the team to beat in the NL West.
The best value on the World Series odds right now look like the Washington Nationals at +1100 and the New York Mets at +1400.
Washington has been a World Series contender for a few seasons now, but has continually come up short in the postseason. Will the additions of Adam Eaton and Matt Wieters put them over the top?
The Mets' young rotation of power arms, Noah Sydergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, could be unbeatable in a playoff series if the Mets can get to October with all of them healthy.