2018 World Series Betting Futures Odds

Last Updated: 2017-11-02

2018 world series oddsFor 20 MLB fan bases, the 2018 season officially began on October 2. It was a different story for the 10 teams that made the playoffs. Their 2018 seasons started when elimination occurred. For the Houston Astros, it will be a few days before their 2018 season begins.

Sure, that’s not entirely true, as front offices have been preparing for the future for a while, but the page has officially turned and now we’re looking ahead to 2018 as well. Spring Training starts in just over three months and Opening Day is less than five months away with a late-March start to the season. That means that odds are already out for next year’s champion.

Our friends at BetOnline Sportsbook have hit the board with their 2018 World Series odds. These are sorted alphabetically and by rotation number, so take a look at where your favorite team is priced to be the next Fall Classic champion.

Arizona Diamondbacks +2000

Atlanta Braves +8000

Baltimore Orioles +5000

Boston Red Sox +1000

Chicago Cubs +750

Chicago White Sox +8000

Cincinnati Reds +10000

Cleveland Indians +750

Colorado Rockies +2500

Detroit Tigers +15000

Houston Astros +600

Kansas City Royals +6600

Los Angeles Angels +3300

Los Angeles Dodgers +450

Miami Marlins +10000

Milwaukee Brewers +2500

Minnesota Twins +3300

New York Mets +3300

New York Yankees +700

Oakland Athletics +10000

Philadelphia Phillies +8000

Pittsburgh Pirates +6600

San Diego Padres +15000

San Francisco Giants +3300

Seattle Mariners +3300

St. Louis Cardinals +2000

Tampa Bay Rays +5000

Texas Rangers +3300

Toronto Blue Jays +2200

Washington Nationals +1000

There will be a lot of player movement between then and now. With an enormous free agent class of high-priced talent coming out in 2018, it will be interesting to see how the offseason shakes out. Trades will be made. Free agents will be signed. Will the big-market teams be as active this winter or will they hold off until they have a shot to bid on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? Will they spend anyway any worry about it later?

We’ll have to do a little bit of speculating with who some of these teams will add if we’re going to get invested in the futures market now. Nevertheless, there are some teams that present some betting value as we look ahead to the Winter Meetings and the Hot Stove.

Cleveland Indians (+750) – The Indians are one of the best bets on the board because of how their division shakes out. Even with Minnesota’s appearance in the Wild Card Game, the Indians will be right there with the Dodgers in terms of division futures odds. Getting to the playoffs is the biggest part of the battle. The Indians will have to replace Bryan Shaw and possibly Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce, but they have one of the most creative front offices in baseball and a bit of an unexpected influx of available cash with a minority owner that joined the fray during the 2016 season. The Indians just had the best season ever for a pitching staff per Fangraphs in the midst of a massive power explosion. Everything lines up for them to return to the postseason and make some noise when they get there. You might be able to get a better price on the Indians depending on what the Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros do over the winter to improve, but this is still a decent number.

Chicago Cubs (+750) – Similarly, the Chicago Cubs have a pretty clear path to the postseason. The Brewers are going to be active this winter in terms of plugging their holes, but with the Cardinals and Pirates down a few pegs and the Reds still in the midst of a rebuild, the Cubs are pretty close to a lock to win the division and make the playoffs. That’s the biggest part of the battle, as mentioned with Cleveland. Washington (+1000) also falls in this category, but you already knew that.

Los Angeles Angels (+3300) – Let’s take some gambles now. Tying up money for about 365 days is a challenge and we need to get something back out of the investment. I would expect a massive hangover for both the Astros and the Dodgers. Those two pitching staffs were pushed to the brink. In Houston’s case, the lineup is young, but it may take some time to get back into the rhythm of the season. The Angels are a decent bet to take advantage. Garrett Richards will hopefully be healthy. The Angels still have the best player on the planet in Mike Trout, the best defender on the planet in Andrelton Simmons, and added Justin Upton. There is money in this market, so the Angels should be very active in securing pitching staff upgrades.

Milwaukee Brewers (+2500) – The Astros may have won the World Series, but the biggest winner was analytics. For the second straight year, a very savvy, progressive front office won the sport’s biggest prize. The Brewers have gone all-in on analytics and the players have bought in. Jimmy Nelson’s injury is a black mark, but Chase Anderson had a career year. Zach Davies got back on track. The lineup boasts a lot of athletic talent. Milwaukee will look for the right fits and should be a very active team. After all, David Stearns has turned over about 60 percent of the 40-man roster that he inherited and more changes are coming.

Finally, if you want a really big long shot…

Philadelphia Phillies (+8000) – Say what?! Believe it. The Phillies are in a fairly big market and the time might be right to spend. When it comes to prospect depth, Philadelphia is one of just a handful of teams that has what it takes to secure Giancarlo Stanton from Miami if the Marlins fire sale comes to fruition. Philadelphia has a bona fide ace in Aaron Nola. When it comes to the NL East, it is basically Washington and nobody else, given the state of the Mets and their team with a first-year manager. The Braves have a ton of young talent, but they also aren’t quite there and don’t have an ace. Gabe Kapler is an extremely positive manager with a love of analytics and the Phillies are going to be on the rise very soon. Kapler was in the front office of the Dodgers prior to taking the gig, so he has worked alongside Andrew Friedman and some other very smart people. This is probably a year premature, but this is a team to be on the lookout for in coming seasons.

 

-END OF NOVEMBER 2, 2017 UPDATE-

 

It doesn’t take long for oddsmakers to look ahead. Once a season ends, the next season begins and that’s why oddsmakers at BetOnline Sportsbook have put out 2017 World Series futures odds. The offseason schedule for Major League Baseball means that there is a lot of time for teams to make transactions to position themselves for more success in 2017. GM Meetings are in Scottsdale, Arizona November 7-10. Free agency starts November 8. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The collective bargaining agreement for the MLB and the MLBPA expires on December 1, so that will be a very interesting set of negotiations. It shouldn’t have any betting impact, but both sides have a lot of work to do to come up with something agreeable to everybody. The Winter Meetings take place December 5-8 in Washington D.C. and a ton of rumors and transactions go down that week. Another wrinkle to the offseason this year is the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 7 with play in Tokyo and South Korea. That’s always a concerning period for teams whose players go to play for their respective countries.

So, a lot of things still need to be sorted out, but there’s some value out there in the World Series market. We’ll update these odds throughout the season as players change locations, but here’s a list of the 2017 World Series prices from BetOnline Sportsbook:

Arizona Diamondbacks +10000

Atlanta Braves +15000

Baltimore Orioles +2000

Boston Red Sox +800

Chicago Cubs +350

Chicago White Sox +5000

Cincinnati Reds +15000

Cleveland Indians +1000

Colorado Rockies +6600

Detroit Tigers +2800

Houston Astros +1600

Kansas City Royals +3300

Los Angeles Angels +8000

Los Angeles Dodgers +900

Miami Marlins +6600

Milwaukee Brewers +10000

Minnesota Twins +10000

New York Mets +1200

New York Yankees +2000

Oakland Athletics +10000

Philadelphia Phillies +15000

Pittsburgh Pirates +3300

San Diego Padres +15000

San Francisco Giants +1400

Seattle Mariners +2200

St. Louis Cardinals +1800

Tampa Bay Rays +6600

Texas Rangers +1600

Toronto Blue Jays +1600

Washington Nationals +1000

Before we look at some of the value teams, let’s talk about futures betting. The goal is always to turn a profit. You want to pick out a playoff team and hope that they can get to the dance and win the Division Series. Even if they don’t, if they have a big enough price and the opponent has a reasonable Division Series price, you can still gain a modest profit. If you pick the winner, that’s obviously the best outcome, but you have to be ready to hedge and you have to try to put yourself in a position to hedge.

Here are some teams that carry some 2017 World Series futures value right now:

Cleveland Indians (+1000) – The reigning American League champions took the best team in baseball to Game 7 and to extra innings in the World Series. They did it without two top-30 starters (by fWAR or xFIP, whichever you prefer) in Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar and without Michael Brantley. They’ll get those three guys back and additional revenue from season ticket purchases and three playoff series should mean some more aggressive moves in the offseason. The biggest reason to like the Indians is that they don’t have a lot of competition in the AL Central Division, so they should be right back in the playoffs. Getting there is the biggest step in the futures market because it all becomes a crapshoot once your team gets in. The Indians won’t have any significant losses, even if Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli walk because both guys were horrible in the second half of the season.

St. Louis Cardinals (+1800) – We’re getting an awful friendly price here on the Cardinals, who won 86 games and missed the wild card game by one victory. The Cardinals are in the same division as the heavily-favored Chicago Cubs, hence the value on the price here. Lance Lynn returns from Tommy John surgery and the Cardinals are usually one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason. There isn’t a lot out there in the form of impact free agents, but the Cardinals have never shied away from spending money and they won’t this winter either. They perennially have a strong farm system and will have a full year of Alex Reyes at the big league level. They have the currency needed to make some trades, but they also have a strong, young core group of players. The bullpen could use a little bit of work, but the Cardinals are definitely a team that could make it into the postseason as a wild card and have the chance to make some waves.

Seattle Mariners (+2200) – The Mariners need to spend some money on some starting rotation upgrades and need to make some more improvements defensively, but they are in a great position overall. The Texas Rangers are top-heavy in the rotation with Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, but depth is a major problem. The Rangers are known for spending wildly in free agency, so maybe they make some moves, but this is a team that won 95 games with a +8 run differential and one of the best records ever in one-run games. That’s not sustainable. By extension, the Houston Astros at +1600 may also have a little bit of value, but Seattle’s six dollars more attractive. This is Year 2 with the new front office and manager Scott Servais, so the needle is pointing up for the Mariners.

Detroit Tigers (+2800) – If you want to take a little bit of a gamble, the Detroit Tigers have some quality young pitching that could keep developing here this season. Guys like Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd, and Daniel Norris join Justin Verlander to form a rotation that could really step up and be among the league leaders in the American League. Miguel Cabrera, JD Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Justin Upton should keep this offense at a high level. The bullpen is a mess and the manager is terrible, but the Tigers shouldn’t have much competition outside of the Indians, so they could sneak in with a wild card spot or, if things go bad enough for Cleveland, a division title.

Tampa Bay Rays (+6600) – The longest shot worth consideration is the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays were nine games worse than their Pythagorean Win-Loss record, which is a standings metric based on run differential. The Rays got a bad first half from Chris Archer and it really buried them, but this is a rotation with Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly, and Blake Snell. Better fortunes on the injury front could seriously turn this team into a contender. They found some things in the bullpen with Alex Colome and Erasmo Ramirez. Scoring runs is and will always be the problem in this economic climate, but the Rays are always creative and could figure out some ways to climb back into contention.

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