World Series Odds: Which Losing Teams Should You Bet on?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still the favorites to win the 2015 World Series (7/1 odds). Big shocker, right? L.A. has the best pitcher in the game in Clayton Kershaw, one of the best offenses and they reside atop the NL West with a solid 37-26 mark.
The Dodgers are pretty darn good, and if they make a big trade for another ace before this summer’s deadline, they just might get even deadlier. Of course, the favorites don’t always win in baseball, as seemingly every year some random team that barely gets into the playoffs makes a wild run.
Who might that be this year? It’s probably anyone’s guess, but it’s fairly safe to say we can write off the likes of the Phillies and Brewers. Those two are destined to finish 2015 as the two worst teams in baseball, and there’s no one dropping their jaw over their World Series odds (1000/1 and 500/1, respectively).
That being said, there could still be some teams that the MLB world deems bad at the moment, but could turn things around and make one of those crazy, random runs in the MLB playoffs.
We’re not predicting the future or even saying any of our five picks will make the playoffs, but if you want to put down a crazy bet on a bad team that could shock the world, you might want to consider these five clubs:
Note: Criteria for list was to have odds worse than 30/1 to win this year’s World Series.
Boston Red Sox (33/1)
Why not the Bo Sox? It’s not even that they really have the talent to turn around and make a big run, but everytime we think they’re dead they seem to get back on track. Boston still has some nice offensive pieces to work with, while their main problem all year has been a woeful defense. If they can swing one of these rumored trades they’ve been said to be working on (for a Cole Hamels, etc), it’s not crazy to think they could climb the standings.
After all, if there’s one thing we’ve learned with MLB baseball, it’s that getting into the playoffs is half the battle. They’re in last place in the AL East, yet just eight games out of first. They’d need a hot run, but it would take less than you think for this team to suddenly be a playoff contender.
Cleveland Indians (33/1)
Cleveland has a litany of bats and one of the best pitching rotations (although it’s top-heavy) you’ll find. It’s a mystery why they still keep losing, but for some reason they can’t lock games down on their home field.
Regardless, the talent is absolutely there for them to turn into a true contender, and they’re just 6.5 games out of first in the ultra competitive AL Central. It wouldn’t be easy, but if they can just be a little more consistent, we could hear a lot more about them a couple months from now.
Texas Rangers (33/1)
Josh Hamilton is hurt again but when healthy he’s part of a Rangers offense that really mess defenses up (289 runs scored). Texas leaves a lot to be desired defensively, but if they can swing a trade for another pitcher and close out close games, they could be a real threat. In fact, they might have the best World Series odds on this list, considering they’re already just 2.5 games out of first in the AL West.
Atlanta Braves (100/1)
Atlanta isn’t a very scary team on paper when it comes to defense (284 runs allowed), but they’ve packed a pretty consistent punch offensively. They’re below .500 but are just 3.5 games back from first in a very tough NL East division and could make a run at some point this year.
It’s quite arguable the Braves don’t have the pitching or defense to be a serious contender, but they certainly have the offense to compete with just about anyone. If they can swing a trade to land another ace, they could be in business.
Miami Marlins (150/1)
Miami is probably your best bet if you’re just going for broke and aren’t putting much thought into it. The Reds and Rockies have the same odds, but at least on paper Miami has a more complete pitching staff and the talent on offense to put up more runs than they have been.
It’s beyond clear the Marlins have been a disappointment, but many thought they had the arms and bats to make some noise this year. They’re probably right where they should be at this point, but they hypothetically still have the talent to make a turn around.
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