Best MLB Championship Prop Bets for 2018
2018 World Series Odds
Beginning with the end in mind is a strategy that can net serious profits for the sports bettor with enough foresight and patience to make a longterm investment. Bovada currently lists odds on all 30 MLB teams from the favored LA Dodgers at +500 to the longest shot Miami Marlines at +50,000.
Other Notable Teams
- New York Yankees +550
- Houston Astros +550
- Chicago Cubs +750
- Washington Nationals +800
- Cleveland Indians +850
- Boston Red Sox +1200
- San Francisco Giants +2000
- St. Louis Cardinals +2000
- Arizona Diamonbacks +2500
- Los Angeles Angels +2800
- New York Mets +2800
Among the shorter-priced teams, the Dodgers (+500) and Nationals (+800) are long overdue to cash in on their potential. Both National League squads have entered the last several seasons as media darlings while failing to live up to those lofty expectations in the postseason. While both organizations look poised to make another playoff run in 2018, bettors have a right to be skeptical about taking either team to win the World Series.
I can’t find many reasons to knock the reigning champion Astros (+550), but keep in mind that there hasn’t been a team to repeat as World Series champions since the Yankees won three consecutive titles from 1998-2000. Speaking of the Yankees, it’s hard not to be bullish about their offseason acquisition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who hit 59 homers last season, joins an outfield that already includes Aaron Judge who went long 52 times last season as a rookie. The pair will be MLB’s first duo of 50+ HR hitters since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris played for the Yanks in 1962.
The Yankees also have a dominant bullpen that allowed them to play Houston down to the wire in last year’s American League Championship Series. With first-year manager Aaron Boone leading the Yankees this year, the franchise could be energized by the new blood. I’ll lean towards the Yankees to win the World Series in 2018. The Yanks are heavily-favored to win the AL East at -150, so the only value that exists if you like the boys in pinstripes is to take them to win the whole thing.
League & Division Championship Odds
Prop betting odds by league and division usually require a bettor to find a spot where the favorites are vulnerable. I’ve already sort of nixed the chances of the Dodgers and Nationals, so considering that they are the top two choices to win the National League at +250 and +350 respectively, I believe there’s value in picking the NL Champ in 2018.
The New York Mets (+1200) are an intriguing possibility despite posting a 70-92 record last year. When healthy, the Mets have a solid lineup that includes sluggers Todd Fraizer and Yoenis Cespedes to go with a starting rotation that has two of the games most dominant arms in Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard. I also see value in taking the Mets to win the NL East at +400.
In the NL Central, it would be no surprise to see the Cardinals (+350) knock off the Cubs. Call it superstition, but I’m still sort of waiting for the Cubs to revert to their form of yesteryear and certainly cannot endorse them at -225 odds to win the division.
In my mind, the best teams in baseball certainly reside in the American League. In the National League, things could get interesting as the Dodgers, Nationals and Cubs all have vulnerabilities. Any way you slice it, the baseball season is upon us and that’s reason enough to get excited.
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