With the first pitch of the MLB post-season being thrown on Wednesday night, Adam Baylis provides a run through of the latest World Series betting...
To Win the World Series:
- Cleveland Indians [4.6]
- Los Angeles Dodgers [5.2]
- Houston Astros [6.0]
- Washington Nationals [8.0]
- Chicago Cubs [8.4]
- Boston Red Sox [8.6]
- New York Yankees [13.0]
- Arizona Diamondbacks [20.0]
- Colorado Rockies [30.0]
- Minnesota Twins [44.0]
*Exchange Odds correct as of 15:00 Monday 2 October
The six month, 2,430 game regular season has been confined to the archives and we're left with a field of ten embarking on the long and winding road to the World Series at the end of October.
This week's Wild Card games see the Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees and the Colorado Rockies head to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Betfair Sportsbook has the Yankees favourites to progress @ 5/12 and Arizona @ 4/7 to brush aside Colorado.
Since its inclusion in the playoff structure, five different teams have gone on from wildcard spots to win the World Series, the Yankees are the shortest of this year's candidates at [13.0] and that could be considered value given the strength of their bullpen and the potential offense that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez bring to the plate.
Last year's World Series winners the Chicago Cubs [8.4] return to the post-season but haven't quite hit the heady heights of their Commissioner's Trophy winning campaign. That being said, they go into the NLDS against the Washington Nationals [8.0] possessing much better pitching depth than last year and Jon Lester's seven strikeouts against Cincinnati last week will buoy Cubs fans after enduring a relatively stop-start few months.
The National League's top seeded Los Angeles Dodgers are vying for market favouritism at [4.6] and were it not for a barren run of form at the beginning of last month - losing 16 out of 17 games - they'd likely be a lot shorter. While they finished the regular season strongly, sweeping the Padres and winning two of three against Colorado there'll be question marks against a team that once seemed destined to go all the way.
Over in the American League, the Cleveland Indians [4.6] and Houston Astros [6.0] will likely meet in the ALCS. The Indians are 17/10 on the Sportsbook to emerge as American League Champions. The Boston Red Sox could present some issues for the Astros but Houston's stacked lineup - George Springer, Jose Altuve & Justin Verlander to name but a few - should see them through.
While they continue to build what could end up being a Golden State Warriors-esque empire, there's a feeling that this could be Cleveland's year. Their late summer 22 game unbeaten streak was historic but they need to demonstrate that their improved pitching staff is the key to writing the wrongs of last year's World Series loss to the Cubs.
You can watch all of the MLB post-season action, from the first pitch of the AL Wild Card game through to the last hit of the World Series on Betfair Live Video.