Chicago Cubs fans might want to start looking at October airfare to Boston now, because that’s where they’ll be defending their title in 2017. Oddsmakers have weighed in, and with the regular season about to begin, the Cubs and Boston Red Sox are considered co-favorites to win the World Series.
That prediction comes courtesy of Bovada. The Cubs and Red Sox are going off at 9/2 to begin the season.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, either. The Cubs are the reigning world champs, and remain incredibly deep and talented even after losing Dexter Fowler.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, made the biggest move of the offseason, picking up Chris Sale in a blockbuster trade. He gives Boston an elite trio at the top of the rotation once David Price returns. Combine that with Boston’s talented lineup, and you have the makings of a championship contender.
The Cleveland Indians, who pushed the Cubs to Game 7, aren’t far behind. Bovada lists Cleveland and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 9/1 to win it all.
Just because those teams are favored doesn’t mean they’ll actually get there, though. Here’s a list of Bovada’s latest odds in case you feel confident in your sleeper:
The usual suspects sit at the top, though that’s not exactly a bad thing. Bovada did have the Cubs as World Series-favorites entering last season, and they were right about that.
For what it’s worth, our staff at Yahoo Sports agrees with Bovada’s current odds. Three of our experts picked the Cubs to repeat, two think the Indians will break their drought and one believes Boston will take home the hardware.
The list gets a bit more interesting after the first nine teams. The New York Yankees have 25/1 odds to win the World Series. It’s considered a rebuilding year for the club, but things could change quickly if their young talent produces earlier than expected.
The Baltimore Orioles always seem to beat their projections, but Bovada remains skeptical here. At 33/1, they have the same odds as the Kansas City Royals, another team known for surpassing their win totals.
If you’re looking for a decent long-shot, you might want to consider the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is coming off a down year, but they have a lot of talent. If Andrew McCutchen rebounds and Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow live up to the hype, Pittsburgh could easily be a major contender by October.
After that, things start looking bleak. The Tampa Bay Rays are projection darlings once again, so you might like them at 100/1, but a bet on any other team that low is probably unwise.
Then again, we are entering the first season after the Cubs did the impossible and actually broke their curse. If a franchise frequently called the “lovable losers” can win the whole thing, any team can. That includes the Cincinnati Reds.
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