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Odds to Win the 2018 World Series: May Betting Futures Update

As the month of April ends, each team in Major League Baseball (MLB) has put just under 30 games in the books – enough of a sample size for oddsmakers to start making adjustments.

When opening odds on the 2018 World Series champion were initially posted back in February, online sportsbook Bovada had the Los Angeles Dodgers as narrow (+500) favorites to finish their title chase off. After all, the boys in blue were one victory away from winning it all last November, before falling in Game 7 to the Houston Astros – who were listed at (+550) six weeks ago.

With two dozen or so games to go on, the AL West leading Astros (19-10) now enjoy favorite status at (+500). Meanwhile, as the Dodgers (12-15) have tumbled to fourth place in the NL West, their World Series odds (+1200) have slid in kind.

L.A. begins a pivotal four-game series in the desert today, but if they’re not careful against the West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks (19-8), their playoff aspirations may dry up before the All-Star Break. The Dodgers trail the D-Backs by a whopping 7 games already, and a loss in the opener will put them further out of first than L.A. has ever been at the end of April since the Divisional era began in 1969.

Accordingly, Arizona has climbed steadily up the odds board, moving from (+2500) dark horses to (+850) – the third best odds in all of baseball.

Standing between the D-Backs and Astros at the moment, per Bovada anyhow, are the Boston Red Sox (20-7). Having opened up a slim 2-game lead over the New York Yankees (18-9) – while putting up a gaudy +59 run differential in the process – Boston sits at (+650) to win its fourth World Series of the 21st century.

That’s quite a bump from their (+1200) opening odds, and Boston has effectively traded places with New York, after the Bronx Bombers opened at (+550) and slipped to (+900).

Another major mover in the right direction plays across town from the Yanks, as the New York Mets (17-9) have staked themselves to a 1.5-game lead in the NL East. The Mets opened in the middle of the betting pack at (+2800), but an 11-1 start has helped propel them to (+1000) odds within only a month.

While their regional counterpart struggles in Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Angels (16-12) are turning Anaheim into a hotbed for baseball fans, media, and bettors alike. They still have work to do, trailing the Astros by 2.5 games in the AL West, but the emergence of Shohei Otani – dubbed the “Babe Ruth of Japan” – has taken the game by storm. With Otani bringing ace stuff to the mound, while also smacking prodigious dingers in his role as DH, the Angels have moved to (+1400) after opening at (+2800).

As far as the teams that may have already torched their World Series tickets, the Chicago White Sox (8-18) and Baltimore Orioles (8-20) are among the most negative movers.

The White Sox trail by 6 games in the AL Central, and after opening at (+10000), they’ve plummeted to (+50000) longshots.

The Orioles are cellar-dwelling in the top-heavy AL East, moving them from (+10000) to the bottom of the board at (+75000).

Less than 20 percent of the schedule has been played out, so early season line movement can certainly be a mirage, but tracking the risers and fallers can be useful for futures bettors in search of an edge.

The full table of odds on winning the 2018 World Series, both at opening and as currently offered by Bovada, can be found below:

2018 World Series Odds on Bovada

Team World Series Odds on 2/8 Team World Series Odds on 4/30 Movement
Los Angeles Dodgers +500 Houston Astros +500 -50
Houston Astros +550 Boston Red Sox +650 -550
New York Yankees +550 Arizona Diamondbacks +850 -1650
Cleveland Indians +800 New York Yankees +900 +450
Washington Nationals +800 Cleveland Indians +950 +150
Chicago Cubs +1000 New York Mets +1000 -1800
Boston Red Sox +1200 Chicago Cubs +1100 +100
San Francisco Giants +1800 Los Angeles Dodgers +1200 +700
St. Louis Cardinals +2000 Los Angeles Angels +1400 -1400
Arizona Diamondbacks +2500 Washington Nationals +1600 +800
Los Angeles Angels +2800 St. Louis Cardinals +2000 N/A
New York Mets +2800 Milwaukee Brewers +2500 -1500
Minnesota Twins +3300 Toronto Blue Jays +2500 -2500
Milwaukee Brewers +4000 Colorado Rockies +3000 -2000
Seattle Mariners +4000 San Francisco Giants +3000 +1200
Toronto Blue Jays +5000 Minnesota Twins +3500 +200
Colorado Rockies +5000 Philadelphia Phillies +3500 -6500
Tampa Bay Rays +10000 Pittsburgh Pirates +5000 -5000
Chicago White Sox +10000 Seattle Mariners +5000 +1000
Atlanta Braves +10000 Atlanta Braves +7000 -3000
Texas Rangers +10000 Detroit Tigers +15000 -5000
Baltimore Orioles +10000 Oakland Athletics +17500 +7500
Kansas City Royals +10000 Tampa Bay Rays +20000 +10000
Oakland Athletics +10000 Texas Rangers +25000 +15000
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000 Chicago White Sox +50000 +40000
Philadelphia Phillies +10000 San Diego Padres +50000 +40000
Cincinnati Reds +10000 Baltimore Orioles +75000 +65000
San Diego Padres +10000 Kansas City Royals +75000 +65000
Detroit Tigers +20000 Cincinnati Reds +75000 +65000
Miami Marlins +20000 Miami Marlins +75000 +55000