Chicago Cubs Still Favorite To Win World Series

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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The Las Vegas odds-makers still have faith in the World Series champion Chicago Cubs defending their title even after getting off to a 19-19 start thus far. The Cubs are 6/1 favorites in a futures wager currently as prognosticators are banking on the Cubs regaining their form as the season progresses. On paper, Kris Bryant and company would be a safe bet for anyone looking to get in on the action.

The upstart Houston Astros currently are the second seed paying 7.5/1 after playing to a win percentage of over .700 during the first 42 games of the 2017 campaign. The Astros and their larger than life superstar Jose Altuve of making short work of the competition and show no signs of slowing down. The resurgence of ace Dallas Keuchel has solidified the Astros rotation as the hurler is once again striking fear in opposition hitters.

The Cubs World Series dance partner from last season is perched in the third spot as an 8/1 favorite to make amends for last season’s October shortcomings. The Cleveland Indians have been treading water at a 20-19 as they wait for their big free agent signing in Edwin Encarnacion to get hot and put the team on his back. So far the slugger has failed to make consistent contact with his new team.

The Boston Red Sox are still showing optimism for the betting population at 9/1 with the talent to put up a bunch of wins in a hurry. It appears David Price could be close to returning from injury and would compliment Chris Sale as one of the best 1-2 punches in all the majors. The Bo-Sox are 20-18 but poised to still do some damage before the season comes to an end.

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My money prior to the season was on the Toronto Blue Jays who have made the postseason the previous two seasons however that is me betting with my heart, not my head. The Jays are still a 21/1 odd due to the horrendous start to the season they endured. Those odds could conceivably come down if the boys in blue from north of the border can start hitting up to their career norms.

Rounding out some of the other intriguing odds are the Washington Nationals 9/1, Los Angeles Dodgers 10/1, New York Yankees 11/1, St. Louis Cardinals 15/1 and the Colorado Rockies at 19/1.

If you like the long shots then focus your attention on the three bottom dwellers the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres are all 301/1 odds respectively. So a $100 wager on any of those three would pay you a return of $30,100. Not bad cake for a hundred dollar bet.

There is still a ton of baseball to be played as teams play out the 162 game schedule, so do your research, take some chances and place those futures bet. NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky famously quipped “You can’t score if you don’t shoot.” The same can be said when toying with you sports wagers.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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