With the 89th annual Midsummer Classic in the books, the American League’s 8-6 win in 10 innings may just offer a preview of things to come.
At the All-Star Break, with teams having played through nearly 100 contests on their 162-game schedule, the AL seems to hold the inside track to winning the 2018 World Series. Only three teams have topped the 60-win plateau thus far, and the trio – the Boston Red Sox (68-30), Houston Astros (64-35), and New York Yankees (62-33) – all hail from the AL.
Accordingly, the latest odds on winning the Fall Classic – as posted by online sportsbook Bovada – have the AL’s holy trinity atop their futures betting board.
And as defending World Series champions, it’s the West-leading Astros who hold the top spot at (+400), followed by the archrival Red Sox and Yankees at (+450) in the East.
The AL’s dominance extends further than these uber talented super-teams though. Of the only six teams offering better than 12 to 1 on a title, four come from the AL with the Central-leading Cleveland Indians (52-43) priced at (+1200).
Over in the NL, only the West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43) and the Central-leading Chicago Cubs (55-38) can be backed for better than 12 to 1.
The Dodgers – who lost a thrilling seven-game set against Houston in last year’s World Series – offer the NL’s best odds at (+650).
The Cubs – who finally broke their championship curse in 2016 with a memorable Game 7 victory over Cleveland – are next on the NL slate at (+700).
From there, seven teams are clumped together between (+1500) and (+2500), but these dark horse contenders offer a few tantalizing possibilities.
The Philadelphia Phillies (53-42) and Atlanta Braves (52-42) have marched in lockstep toward the NL East lead, and fittingly, both upstarts are priced at (+1500). Neither team was supposed to be this close to competing according to the usual rebuilding schedule, but with new managers and rosters chocked full of young talent one or both will be a bear to get through in a postseason series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (53-44) have survived the extended injury losses of All-Stars like A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb, and Robbie Ray to stay within a half-game of the Dodgers out West. And in fact, it’s been the D-Backs (+2000) on top of the division all year, with only a later charge by L.A. coupled with an offensive swoon in the desert combining to put the Snakes in second place.
But with ace Zack Greinke looking like his old lights-out self, lefty starter Patrick Corbin flashing ace stuff of his own, and slugger Paul Goldschmidt pacing the team at the plate – Arizona could be poised for a second straight playoff appearance.
The bookmakers at Bovada have removed six teams from the board – the Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers – but you can find a full list of World Series odds on the 24 remaining contenders below:
2018 World Series Odds on Bovada
|Team||World Series Odds on 7/19/18|
|Boston Red Sox||+450|
|New York Yankees||+450|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+650|
|San Francisco Giants||+2500|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+5000|
|Los Angeles Angels||+30000|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+70000|
|New York Mets||+90000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+90000|
|San Diego Padres||+90000|