The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team left that’s yet to win a World Series, but the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won it all since the 1980s. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros both have a World Series title in the last five years with Boston winning in 2013 and Houston just last season. One of these four teams will be the champion in 2018.
The division series round didn’t yield many great moments, with two series ending in sweeps and the other two only going four games. We should be in for some more memorable moments through the rest of the month.
We’ve been spoiled by great playoff drama the last two years, including back-to-back seven game World Series. Can we make it three in a row? We will see, but first we must see who will make it all the way to the Fall Classic.
With only four teams remaining, there are no longer any great under-the-radar options or odds to cash in on, but there’s still money to be made. If you’re looking to get some MLB futures action, look no further than BookMaker.eu.
2018 MLB World Series Betting Odds at BookMaker:
Houston Astros +140
Los Angeles Dodgers +280
Boston Red Sox +400
Milwaukee Brewers +400
The Astros are the odds-on favorites to win it all. They were second in baseball in wins in the regular season and have shown a potent offense in October.
Houston’s pitching is where it really stands out. The Red Sox pitching isn’t nearly as deep. Houston’s bullpen pitched to a 3.03 ERA in the regular season, the best in baseball. They’ve built on that here in October. The rotation was also the best of the best at 3.16.
The Dodgers had the second-best starter ERA in baseball this year and the bullpen ranked well, though not quite as well as either Houston or Milwaukee. Los Angeles also has, perhaps, the deepest roster of position players after acquisitions of Manny Machado, Brian Dozier and David Freese midseason.
It’s not a surprise the Dodgers have the second-best odds. The issue holding them back, however, is that the team underperformed on the year. They only won 91 games, fewer than every other team in still alive. They also have a shakier bullpen than the ERA would suggest.
Kenley Jansen is as good as it comes in the ninth innings. The team also has some starters in the pen now to deepen it, but is that enough?
When Jansen was down in this season the team struggled. The bullpen needs the closer to be elite, calling into question the crop of arms Dave Roberts has at his disposal.
The bullpen is also a question for the Red Sox. Boston won more games than anyone in the regular season, but Alex Cora already showed his lack of trust in the relief corps in the ALDS, using both Chris Sale and Rick Porcello out of the pen in a rather easy four-game series.
To add insult to injuries, Sale’s velocity was down in his last start and spent a night in the hospital for illness. The Sox need Sale to win.
The last of the four teams, the Brewers, have serious questions in the rotation where they’re piecing together three and four innings at a time before turning the ball over to the bullpen. They may have the total pitching to win it all, but until someone is able to win a World Series relying too little on the rotation, they remain a longshot.
BEST LONGSHOT BET
There really isn’t a longshot anymore. The longest odds now are +400 for the Red Sox and Brewers. Both could conceivably win the World Series. Boston’s done in two more times since breaking the Curse of the Bambino in 2004. They’ve got experience and a great offense. That could lead the team to the promised land.
Of the two teams, however, the Brewers are probably the better bet. Milwaukee have already won a game in the championship series. They also have the better bullpen compared to the Dodgers, giving them a clearer path to the World Series than the Boston.
With an offense as strong as the Brewers’ offense, a deep bullpen and a rotation that’s pitched well despite the names taking the ball, Milwaukee has a complete team.
They’re also the hottest team and that’s the team that often gets the ring. They won 12-straight before the Dodgers took Game 2 of the NLCS. If the Brew Crew can bounce back from the loss and keep the momentum going as the series shifts to Los Angeles, they have all the ingredients to win it all.
The Red Sox and Astros could certainly win the World Series, but the Dodgers and Astros are favorites in their respective leagues for a reason. And the Astros are rightfully favored ahead of the Dodgers.
Houston is clearly the safest bet. Unless you put a lot down, however, you don’t stand to make much from betting on the Astros, but they’re certainly best positioned to walk away with a ring.
This is much the same team that won the World Series last year exception the rotation now has Gerrit Cole and the bullpen is infinitely better than the one A.J. Hinch juggled a season ago.
The Astros have the best bullpen and best rotation of all the teams in baseball. Their offense can matchup with any team. The Astros have no real hole. That makes them the best option of a group that also includes three teams with noticeable issues.
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