Mid-season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

Mid-Season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

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.

Mid-season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

TEAM OPENING ODDS CURRENT ODDS
Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 3-1
Houston Astros 12-1 9-2
Boston Red Sox 10-1 5
Washington Nationals 10-1 6
Cleveland Indians 12-1 7
Chicago Cubs 3-1 12
Arizona Diamondbacks 100-1 18
Colorado Rockies 60-1 20
New York Yankees 25-1 20
Kansas City Royals 30-1 20
St. Louis Cardinals 20-1 25
Milwaukee Brewers 100-1 30
Tampa Bay Rays 60-1 50
Seattle Mariners 25-1 60
Texas Rangers 16-1 60
Los Angeles Angels 100-1 100
Pittsburgh Pirates 30-1 100
Atlanta Braves 100-1 100
Minnesota Twins 100-1 100
New York Mets 12-1 100
Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 100
Miami Marlins 40-1 200
Chicago White Sox 60-1 200
Baltimore Orioles 20-1 200
Detroit Tigers 20-1 300
San Francisco Giants 16-1 500
Cincinnati Reds 100-1 500
Oakland Athletics 100-1 500
San Diego Padres 100-1 2000
Philadelphia Phillies 100-1 9999

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.