2016 MLB World Series Futures
With the 2016 season just underway, bettors and punters are looking to make strategic investments in many MLB franchises with the hope of acquiring a large sum of cash come October. Whether it is a cash out or full-term wager, there is exceptional value in many MLB franchises within this specific market. Here are some solid favorites to play on, an overvalued favorite to avoid and a dark horse that may yield substantial profits down the line.
New York Mets +850
The Mets are expected to be even better than last year. The Mets will have Matt Harvey for a full season, a more experienced trio of power pitchers in starters Noah Syndergaard, Stephen Matz and Jacob Degrom, and they will also return a secret weapon to bolster their starting rotation in Zach Wheeler who will be recovered from Tommy John Surgery. With the addition of Antonio Bastardo and Addison Reed, plus the return of stud lefty Josh Edgin, the Mets bullpen will also be far less porous compared to last year. The Mets are always a solid play given their proficiency in pitching.
Toronto Blue Jays +1200
The Jays are likely still irked by a heartbreaking end to their playoff run in 2015. The Jays are anchored by power hitters in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Now Toronto has added a lethal weapon to their arsenal: Troy Tulowitzki. These three will form perhaps the most lethal 3-4-5 in baseball and lead a potent offense that will be difficult to solve. With efficient pitching, the Jays can on be on their way to capturing an AL pennant.
Kansas City Royals +1400
The defending champions are affably priced as markets have little faith the Royals can retain their World Championship. However, the Royals have the blueprint to succeed for many years forward. The Royals are young, they play old-fashioned baseball and incorporate a style of play that can menace any team on any given day. This is a team that dominated the AL Central against teams like Detroit and Cleveland, teams highly-regarded but consistently fail to deliver even with premium personnel and lofty expectations.
Top Dark Horse:
The Baltimore Orioles got off to a sizzling start in 2015. The O’s will look to duplicate that success with a high-powered offense that rivals that of Toronto. The O’s feature sluggers Chris Davis and Adam Jones, complementing power with efficient hitting across their line-up. The Orioles have retained stud reliever Darren O’Day. Baltimore by no means is a team anyone should sleep on, especially given the fact they play in a division that is thin in pitching.
Top Overvalued Team:
Chicago Cubs +600
Jake Arrieta and John Lester. There isn’t a more feared duo of pitchers in baseball than these two. However, the Cubs have not a World Series in over a century. While Chicago has all the keys to unlock the doors they wish to open, you can’t be help but be distrustful of the Cubs as a favorite to win the whole thing. Chicago came in with a bang taking down Pittsburgh and St. Louis, the two best teams in terms of record in the MLB in 2015 and they would follow up by laying an egg against the Mets. The Mets swept the Cubs and this indicates that this team is liable for a let-down at any given point. While Chicago has a great chance to get to the Series, their price is overvalued to win outright and the market is catering to this notion.
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