The second half of the 2017 MLB Season starts on Friday, July 14. Will the teams that were hot in the first half of the season remain hot in the second half? I’m not so sure. Below, I write about the L.A. Dodgers, who were on fire to end the first half. I also make my picks for the smart, and longshot play to win this year’s World Series.
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Mid-season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series
|TEAM||OPENING ODDS||CURRENT ODDS|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||10-1||3-1|
|Boston Red Sox||10-1||5|
|New York Yankees||25-1||20|
|Kansas City Royals||30-1||20|
|St. Louis Cardinals||20-1||25|
|Tampa Bay Rays||60-1||50|
|Los Angeles Angels||100-1||100|
|New York Mets||12-1||100|
|Toronto Blue Jays||14-1||100|
|Chicago White Sox||60-1||200|
|San Francisco Giants||16-1||500|
|San Diego Padres||100-1||2000|
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers 3/1
The Dodgers should be the favorites. The key is how Alex Wood continues to pitch. If Wood is as hot in the second half as he was in the first half, the odds on L.A. should continue to slide. Wood went 10-0. He also recorded a 1.67 ERA and a .89 WHIP in the first half. Clayton Kershaw is good. The bullpen is ranked second in ERA.
There are a ton of reasons to like the L.A. Dodgers. But, this is baseball. What are the chances of Wood remaining hot? They aren’t that great. I’ll look elsewhere.
The Insider Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Boston Red Sox 5/1
Chris Sale is on his way to another Cy Young. The Red Sox ace has a 2.75 ERA, an 11-4 record, and a .90 WHIP. He can pitch 7 or 8 innings every night.
The key for the Red Sox is pitcher David Price. Price was hurt for most of the first half of the season. When he returned, he started slow, but in his last couple of starts before the All-Star Break, he was terrific. He didn’t yield an earned run against Texas on July 4. On July 9, he yielded only 2 earned runs. If Price can get even better, the Red Sox are going to be tough to beat. The bullpen is solid while they bat about as well as anybody in MLB.
The Long Shot To Win The 2017 World Series: Kansas City Royals 20/1
Watch out for the KC Royals. The team that won the World Series only 2 years ago is now only 3 games behind last year’s AL Pennant winner, Cleveland. Can the Royals make up enough ground to win the division? Yes, they can. KC’s line-up is starting to get hot with Mike Moustakas hitting homers in 3 out of the last 5 KC games before the All-Star Break.
Not only that, but Jason Vargas is having a career year as a pitcher. Vargas had a 2.62 ERA, a 12-3 record, and a 1.15 WHIP in the first half. If Vargas remains hot, KC should be right there. 20 to 1 odds aren’t bad on a team with World Series experience.