The MLB season is still very early despite coming up on two months of regular season play. However, most teams have played between 35-40 games – which is a nice chunk of the season. So the good news for anyone who placed a MLB odds wager on the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox is that there is still a large majority of games to be played.
And to be fair, all of those teams aren’t exactly floundering. Many players start the season slow and pick it up as the warmer months draw closer. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the early season surprise teams are going to stick around for the rest of the season. What teams would have the best odds to reach the World Series, and, taking it one step further, actually win it?
Excluding teams like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, the teams with the best odds would be the early season surprises. Here are a few teams that you might consider playing a wager on before their the sportsbooks start to catch on and change the odds.
New York Yankees: This is an exciting, youthful team that has plenty of offense. However, does GM Brian Cashman need to make a move for a true ace pitcher? It would seem so after the latest bad start from Masahiro Tanaka.
Minnesota Twins: Following their loss to the Cleveland Indians (5/14/17) the Twins are tied in the win column with the favored Indians – despite having two fewer losses. Sano and Buxton, Kepler and Rosario are are the top dogs for the Twins, but they will have to prove they can beat the best and not just the basement dwellers of the MLB. Stay tuned…
Cincinnati Reds: The Reds are currently 2.5 games out in mid May following a strong start to the season. Still, if this team can get any type of pitching going, there is no reason to believe that they could be a threat as the season continues. This team plays good defense, has power at the plate and a good bullpen. If the pitching overall can come together, the rebuilding process for the Reds will have sped up dramatically.
Arizona Diamondbacks: This was an preseason trendy pick as a darkhorse team that is currently only three games out of first place in the NL West. If the Diamondbacks could force even a one-game playoff, they would have to like their chances with ace, Zach Greinke, on the mound. Overall, the D-Backs pitching has been stellar and currently have a plus 28 run differential. Adding a catcher could do this team wonders – and possibly a shortstop. This is a team that has all the tools to be there at the end.