2018 World Series Odds: Boston is the Favorite, Houston Heating Up
Boston, the most effective team in baseball, is the favorite to win the 2018 World Series. The Red Sox have been the class of the organization this period, answering every test placed in front of them, consisting of the most recent test – injuries to their starting rotation.
The Red Sox are +350 to win the World Series with less than a month remaining in the regular season. Defending champion Houston sits at +400 while recent finalists the Chicago Cubs (+650) and L.A. Dodgers (+650) round out the top four.
RED SOX SEEM TO IMPROVE EVERY DAY
Boston leads the American League in OPS since the beginning of August at .802. The only team in MLB with a better mark is Milwaukee at .804. The Red Sox have all but locked up first overall in the American League and will play the winner of the American League wild-card game in the ALDS.
It may sound simple, but the ability to win the World Series hinges on a team’s ability to participate in the World Series. In 2018, Boston holds records of 8-5 vs the New York Yankees, 2-4 vs Oakland, and 4-3 vs Seattle – the three teams in the running for the two wild-card spots.
HOUSTON IS HEALTHY AND WINNING
The Houston Astros were World Series favorites for most of the season but hit a wall when they were bitten by the injury bug around the all-star break. Now that guys are back in the lineup and they are a relatively healthy group coming down the stretch, Houston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games entering a big weekend series in Boston.
Bettors should keep an eye on this series as it could provide a glimpse into who really has the best team in the American League. In what could very well be an ALCS preview, the odds are quite likely to reflect the results of this series on Monday morning when the dust settles.
PICKING A WINNER FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE ISN'T EASY
While we’re pretty positive who the five playoff teams will be in the American League, things are much more unclear as we come down the stretch in the National League and that is reflected on the World Series oddsboard.
There are eight teams who could legitimately claim the five playoff spots with nothing clinched or nearly clinched in the senior circuit. The Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers, Braves, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Cardinals could all very well win the NL pennant but three of them are going to miss the playoffs entirely.
The Cardinals have been the best team in the league since the beginning of August, winning games and crushing the baseball. Chicago has been hot and cold, much like the Dodgers. The Braves have an unreliable pitching staff. Basically, all eight teams have shortcomings that will likely be exposed in the Fall Classic.
I think we’ll see a team from the American League win the World Series, either Houston or Boston.
Full 2018 World Series odds below:
2018 WORLD SERIES ODDS
Boston Red Sox +350
Houston Astros +400
Los Angeles Dodgers +650
Chicago Cubs +650
New York Yankees +950
Cleveland Indians +1000
Oakland Athletics +1400
Colorado Rockies +1400
Atlanta Braves +1500
Milwaukee Brewers +1600
St. Louis Cardinals +1600
Arizona Diamondbacks +1800
Philadelphia Phillies +3300
Seattle Mariners +9000
Washington Nationals +12500
Odds as of September 6 at Bovada
Original source: https://www.oddsshark.com/mlb/mlb-odds-world-series-futures
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