Breaking down the latest MLB World Series odds on the eve of the playoffs

Joe tells you who to keep an eye on as the postseason looms

Joe Fortenbaugh
October 02, 2017 - 5:17 pm

The 2017 Major League Baseball postseason gets underway Tuesday in New York as the Yankees (-240) and righty Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) play host to 34-year-old Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA) and the surging Minnesota Twins in the first of this year’s two Wild Card play-in games.

On Wednesday, Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (-170) will welcome division-rival Colorado and Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA).

In regards to the Wild Card, this is the sixth year since MLB altered its postseason format to include the play-in game. In the previous five seasons, the road team has gone 7-3 with favorites posting a 7-2 record (the 2014 American League showdown between the A’s and Royals went off as a pick ‘em with no favorite or underdog).

Additionally, of the ten Wild Card winners since 2012, five have advanced past the Divisional Series, with two going all the way to the World Series (the 2014 Kansas City Royals and 2014 San Francisco Giants).

Below is the updated odds list from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

If anything, I’d keep a real close eye on Houston at 6/1 and would consider a serious wager on the Astros to win their Divisional Series matchup with the Boston Red Sox.

Odds to win the World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers: 5/2

Cleveland Indians: 9/4

Houston Astros: 6/1

Boston Red Sox: 9/1

Chicago Cubs: 10/1

Washington Nationals: 10/1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 14/1

New York Yankees: 14/1

Colorado Rockies: 30/1

Minnesota Twins: 50/1

Odds to win the American League Pennant

Cleveland Indians: Even Money

Houston Astros: 13/5

Boston Red Sox: 9/2

New York Yankees: 6/1

Minnesota Twins: 22/1

Odds to win the National League Pennant

Los Angeles Dodgers: Even Money

Washington Nationals: 7/2

Chicago Cubs: 4/1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 6/1

Colorado Rockies: 12/1

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