We are unofficially two months into the MLB season and there have been a few surprises in baseball. The Indians, Dodgers and Nationals are struggling a bit out of the gate. The Mets came out red-hot but have since come back down to earth. Atlanta is leading the NL East when many thought they were a year or two away. We have the Mariners leading the AL West over the defending champion Astros despite only having a +16 run differential to Houston’s +130.
If you missed your chance to jump on these teams early, don’t fret. There is still good value to be had with these World Series future bets. Not only can these teams get to the dance, they also make for some decent hedging opportunities, should they make the MLB’s second season.
Odds provided by The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook Mobile App as of 6/3/18
The lineup has been great this year and I believe the pitching behind Verlander and Cole will catch up. Dallas Keuchel will need to learn how to navigate deeper into games and lower that 3.65 ERA. If he can do that, then Houston has three top flight starters for the postseason. Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton have been solid. Look for the Astros to stay afloat during the summer months, beef up the bullpen before the deadline and win the West again this year. This one isn’t the greatest value but they are the best roster top to bottom in the bigs.
This team has played incredibly well and seems to get forgotten about ALOT…
Once they get Shelby Miller and Robbie Ray back from injury, they should have a solid rotation again. Goldschmidt, Lamb and Peralta have carried this team and when Souza Jr and Pollock return, this lineup becomes incredibly formidable. Losing Taijuan Walker stinks but they will survive. The NL West is VERY average and Arizona is leading it in spite of their rash of injuries. They will be in the hunt come September.
This “rebuilding” Tigers team finds itself with something to play for each day. The AL Central as a whole is very terrible but guess what… Someone’s got to win it! Cleveland hasn’t shown in the first couple months that they can’t run away with it, regardless of being the most talented team in the division. Looking at a roster of old guys with massive contracts and young guys with no experience, it would have been easy to mail it in this season. This team seems to play with a lot of pride. Having a favorable schedule in May wasn’t too hurtful either. They are 7th in the league in batting (.259) and are averaging about 4.4 runs per game, good enough for 9th in the MLB. 200/1 for a team that’s only 2 games out of 1st? Sign me up!
Many thought this young nucleus was a year or two away from competing in this division especially with the Nationals talent and the Phillies upgrades. I thought Freddie Freeman was going to be traded by the deadline. He still might if their hot start cools off but for now, Freeman and Markakis are enjoying great starts to the season. The call up of top prospect Ronald Acuna has paid dividends and their veteran pitching staff has performed well. One of my favorite players in the league, Kurt Suzuki, has hit a respectable .268 with 7 dingers from the catcher position. They have also played well against their divisional opponents, going 25-14 against the NL East with 19 more games against Miami and the Mets. If they can’t win the East, then I see them stepping into a Wild Card slot.
Because if you give me 5000/1 on anything, I’ll torch off Five Bucks…