Bob Duff |  Tue 12/09/2017 - 01:52 EDT

MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions

MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions
The Los Angeles Dodgers are Major League Baseball's best team this season. But where the Dodgers have lacked in recent years is carrying regular-season success into postseason play. Is this finally the year when the Dodgers won't be blue?

Who Will Win The World Series?

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On paper, the Los Angeles Dodgers are certainly clear favorites to capture Major League Baseball’s fall classic. Like the Chicago Cubs of a year ago, the Dodgers are embroiled in a World Series drought, last winning in 1988.

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Can this finally be the year for the boys in blue? Let’s break it down, based on odds provided by Bovada.lv:

Los Angeles Dodgers (+210)

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Runaway MLB leaders, is it possible that the Dodgers are getting better? Already with a 1-2 punch in the starting rotation of Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood, the Dodgers went out and acquired Yu Darvish at the trade deadline.

A deep lineup is paced by young sluggers Clay Bellinger and Corey Seager, and the bullpen is solid from both sides. Go ahead, try and find a weakness in this team. Don’t worry about their current slump. It won’t bring them down in the post-season. 

Houston Astros (+500)

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As the Dodgers did in the National League, the Astros took off and hid from the rest of the American League early in the season. They bolstered their pitching staff with the addition of former Cy Young Award and MVP winner Justin Verlander from Detroit. The only concern facing the Astros at the moment are nagging injuries to key players like Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers. Houston need to be healthy if they plan on winning their first World Series title.

Cleveland Indians (+550)

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The Tribe will be seeking to emulate the Kansas City Royals, who lost in the 2014 World Series but came right back to win it all in 2015. All the pieces are certainly in place for a team that squandered a 3-1 lead and lost the 2017 Fall Classic to the Cubs in seven games. One thing the Indians will have going for them should they face Houston in the playoffs. They owned Verlander when he was Tiger. Oh, and the Indians have won 19 games on the bounce!

Boston Red Sox (+800)

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The BoSox got into hot water for allegedly stealing signs from the Yankees, meaning the Patriots aren’t the only team in the area accused of cheating. The difference, of course, is that the Patriots win while cheating, inadvertent or not.  

Chicago Cubs (+800)

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Are the Cubs peaking at the right time? After a slow start, like a locomotive engine picking up steam, the Cubs are on a roll. Can they roll to successive World Series titles? That might be a tall order, but you shouldn’t count the defending champs out.

Washington Nationals (+800)

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Another team similar to the Dodgers and the Indians, the Nationals have sat on the cusp of greatness for a few years now, but can’t seem to climb over the hump. There’s so much talent on the team, from Max Scherzer to Bryce Harper to Steven Strasburg, that eventually you have to figure they’ll put it together at the right time. 

New York Yankees (+1600)

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Like Notre Dame football, there’s always going to be more action on the Yankees than they deserve, and this fall will be no different. A talented lineup paced by young starts Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez has the Bronx excited about their boys again. The Yankees are headed back to the top, and they will get there – just not this year.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks (+2000)

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If you like to play longshots and are looking for a legitimate outsider with a chance this fall, look no further than the Diamondbacks. A sneaky good team that no one has noticed because of how strong the Dodgers are in the NL West, Arizona will get a wildcard spot and be a legitimate threat in the NL playoffs.

Pick: Houston Astros (+500) over Los Angeles Dodgers

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