2018 World Series Predictions, MLB Betting Picks

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2018 World Series Odds and Preview

By Steven Wisner

And then there were seven.

The number of teams still alive for the 2018 World Series title are dwindling as we are now a week into October baseball. The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics are already on the golf course and the Colorado Rockies just exited the postseason having been swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS.

Aside from Milwaukee, the other six teams that still have a pulse this season are still battling it out in the division series, but a couple squads, like the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians find themselves with their backs against the wall. If they can come back swinging—both literally and figuratively—they could built a bit of momentum for the next round, but that’s a longshot at best. Still, momentum plays big right now.

The picture is clearing up as we get deeper into October, but a number of questions still remain. Will we see a rematch of the 2017 World Series with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers? Can the Brewers continue to defy the odds? What will be the outcome of the first postseason series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox since 2004? Will the winner of that series have enough left to take the ALCS?

There’s still plenty to be decided, but with some much still up in the air, there’s one thing that’s clear: as the season winds down, if you’re looking to get some MLB futures action, BookMaker.eu is the place to go.

2018 MLB World Series Betting Odds at BookMaker:

Houston Astros +240

Los Angeles Dodgers +345

Milwaukee Brewers +375

Boston Red Sox +485

New York Yankees +530

Atlanta Braves +2750

Cleveland Indians +3500

ODDS BREAKDOWN

Right now, the chalk would indicate that we should expect a rematch of the 2017 World Series with the Astros taking the title for the second year in a row. Houston is the odds-on favorites with the Dodgers second. The Brewers, however, are close behind Los Angeles, making a huge jump with their Game 163 victory over the Cubs and their NLDS victory over the Rockies.

The Dodgers got their first push back from the Braves in Game 3 of their NLDS as Atlanta battled to keep the series alive at home. L.A. are still in a very good position. Even if the Braves can force a Game 5, they have their ace ready for a home game to advance.

The Astros, on the other hand, have made the Indians look bad. Cleveland’s potent bats have fallen silent against the Houston pitching staff. The rotation is amazing and the bullpen is very deep. What they’ve shown in a small sampling this postseason is enough to lift them up as the favorites.

Coming into the season, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were the odds-on favorites to win it all in 2018 after their epic seven game World Series last year. While some things change, some remain the same as they’re back atop the odds.

When the postseason began, Boston was another heavy favorite, but they’ve slipped, looking vulnerable in their series against the Yankees. Through the first couple games, the Boston versus New York series appears to be the most contentious division series matchup. Either team could come out of that series with plenty of momentum, but they could also come out very fatigued.

BEST LONGSHOT BET

The Brewers are no longer a longshot given. They’ve seen their odds climb considerably over the last week.

Both Atlanta and Cleveland would be worth watching if they’re able to climb out of their respective division series holes, but that seems unlikely. Given that, the Yankees—surprisingly enough—may be the best longshot bet.

New York has to get through Boston and Houston—or Cleveland—to even make it to the World Series. That’s got the odds depressed a bit, but the Yankees have looked like the better team against Boston through the first two games. They fought tough in Game 1 and beat up on the Sox’s second best starter in Game 2.

The Yankees ultimately have a lot of swing and miss in their offense, but they also have a ton of power and can put runs on the board with a single swing of the bat. It would be nice to have a more versatile offense, but the team can still score runs. The pitching is also a bit underrated. The bullpen is excellent and the rotation—as long as it’s pitching to its potential—is strong. J.A. Happ and C.C. Sabathia represent dependable veteran arms while Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino have the upside and ability to shut down the opposition, as long as they’re on their game.
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While the Yankees are an interesting longer shot pick, the Brewers may still be the best value. Their behind the Astros and Dodgers in terms of overall odds, but they’re red hot. A hot team in October is dangerous.

Counting their wins against the Cubs and Rockies so far this October, the Brewers have won 11 straight games. Their bullpen is their strength and as a unit they’ve been fantastic the last month. Christian Yelich is continuing to swing like an MVP and the rest of the lineup is producing, too. The starting pitching is a concern, but most starters are only asked to go one or two times through the order. The bullpen is good enough and deep enough to offer five—or even six—innings every day in October given the extra off days.

The Dodgers are a deep team, too, a chalkier pick in the NL, but don’t look over the Brewers at this point as momentum is a big piece to the puzzle in postseason baseball.

On the AL side, the Astros seem destined for another Fall Classic. This team is better than the one that won the World Series last year. The bullpen is incredibly deep, the rotation is stacked and the offense—even with the struggles of Carlos Correa—can matchup with anyone. Houston is still probably the safest bet. Teams don’t often go back-to-back for World Series titles, but teams aren’t typically as good as the Astros either.

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MLB Baseball Odds, Dodgers vs. Rockies Predictions

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Betting Series Preview

By Mike Rose

A huge series that could go a long way in deciding how the NL West shakes out is set to go down in the thin air of Coors Field through the weekend when the Colorado Rockies entertain the Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of a three game set. Los Angeles holds a slim 7-6 advantage in the 2018 rivalry, and has won four of the six overall skirmishes in this ballpark. The under has cashed at a 7-5-1 clip, but the over checks in 4-2 when the teams collided at Coors.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Dates: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

Los Angeles entered this series red hot having come out on top in eight of their previous 10 games. While they’ve emptied MLB bettors bankrolls at home, they’re nine games over .500 on the road ( -$127 ). LA’s won each of its last two road series since dropping three of four in this venue in early August.

Colorado drifted off the tracks at the end of August in losing four of its last six games, but stood undefeated din the month of September heading into Wednesday night’s home finale against the Giants. The Rockies only sit six games over .500 as a host ( -271 ) where the under has cashed at a surprising 39-25-2 clip.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, September 7, 2018, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Clayton Kershaw vs. Jon Gray

Clayton Kershaw once again looks to be his vintage self, and that’s bad news for all that gets in his way. It took a few starts for him to rediscover his stuff, but since he has, he’s more or less been awesome. Over his last three trips to the starting bump, Kershaw checks in 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Los Angeles has won seven of his last 10 starts as well as two of his last three on the road.

Gray has been the rock within the Rockies pitching staff since getting called back up from Triple-A where he most definitely took the time to rediscover his stuff. He’s 11-7 overall with a 4.70 ERA and 164:40 K/BB ratio through 153.1 total innings of work. The Rockies have won nine of his last 10 starts, but he got blown up in his lone appearance against LA for eight hits and 4 ER through 5.2 innings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, September 8, 2018, 8 p.m. ET ( ESPN+)

Walker Buehler vs. Kyle Freeland

Buehler has been the saving grace for a Dodgers pitching staff that’s suffered a multitude of injuries over the course of the regular season. The rookie checks in 6-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, and has led LA to wins in 11 of his 18 made starts. Though he didn’t record a win in his last three outings, he was nearly untouchable pitching to a 1.56 ERA while only allowing nine hits and 3 ER over 17.1 innings.

If Gray has been the Rock in the Rockies starting staff, Freeland has been the delivery man! all the kid has done is produce quality start after quality start doing so on 68 percent of his trips to the bump. Seven of his last eight outings have been of quality. Most importantly, he’s led Colorado to wins on the MLB odds nine of the last 10 times, but is yet to beat the Dodgers through a pair of 2018 starts.
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Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, September 9, 2018, 3:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Alex Wood vs. Tyler Anderson

As many injuries LA has had within its rotation, Wood is the only starting pitcher to log more than 140 innings of work this season. They’ve been productive innings as well with him the owner of an 8-6 record and 3.37 ERA through 144.1 innings. Unfortunately, his offense has only given him an average of 2.7 runs per game to work with over his last three starts of which he’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

It doesn’t look like the Tyler Anderson experiment is going to work in Colorado. His effort this season proves last season was an anomaly. The lefty stands 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 153.2 innings. While his ERA is over a run lower at Coors Field, he’s been tossing batting practice of late evidenced by the 23 hits ( 4 HR ) and 13 ER surrendered over his last 12.1 innings of work.

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Picks, Baseball Betting Odds

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MLB Betting Lines,  Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Odds

By Kyle Markus

The Los Angeles Dodgers have used a four-game winning streak to close the gap on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. The teams will face off in a critical four-game series this weekend in Los Angeles that could have a huge impact on the divisional title.

The Colorado Rockies are also right in the mix of this three-team race, but the Dodgers and Diamondbacks look to have superior clubs. Los Angeles has the best collection of talent but Arizona has been ahead in the standings of late. If the Diamondbacks can salvage a split they will feel extremely good about their chances but the Dodgers can overtake them with a series win in MLB wagering.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Rich Hill; Zack Greinke vs. Clayton Kershaw; Patrick Corbin vs. Hyun Jin-Ryu; Clay Buchholz vs. Walker Buehler

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks TV Coverage: None

The Dodgers have a run-differential of plus-125, which is the best in the National League. They have a record of 71-61, which is less impressive than the run-differential would suggest. However, Los Angeles is pretty healthy at this point and playing well, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it go on a hot streak down the stretch.

The Diamondbacks are 72-59 on the year and just a touch ahead of both Los Angeles and Colorado in the standings. They might not have a bunch of superstars but this is a solid team from top to bottom and the race for the National League West should go down to the wire.

Starting Pitchers

Ray is 3-2 on the season with a 4.73 ERA. He has a WHIP of 1.46 and has failed to pitch as effectively as 2017, when everything came together for Ray. He has 111 strikeouts in 85.2 innings so the pure stuff is there but Ray must be able to harness it. He is a better pitcher than the ERA would suggest. Hill is 6-4 with a 3.50 ERA. He threw six shutout innings last time out and is the more predictably successful starter. The Dodgers have the advantage in this one.

The second game of the season should be a dandy. Greinke is 13-8 on the year with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Greinke threw 6.2 shutout innings last time out in a victory over the Mariners and figures to put together a solid outing. It needs to be because Kershaw is still the most talented pitcher in the major leagues. He has dealt with injuries on the season but is 6-5 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The D-Backs’ offense has been up and down all year and figures to struggle in this one.

Corbin has been very good for the Diamondbacks with a 10-5 record and a 3.15 ERA. He has 207 strikeouts in 168.1 innings pitched and has twirled five straight quality starts. Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He has only started nine games on the season but has looked good in them and will aim to keep it rolling.

Buchholz will start the series finale for the Diamondbacks. He was in the minor leagues early in the season but has put together an incredible year with a 7-2 record and a 2.07 ERA after seven shutout innings last time out against the Giants. Buehler is 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP so this pitching matchup should be a good one.
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Each side is rolling out talented starting pitchers in each game, so expect runs to be at a premium throughout this series. The Dodgers will be the favorites to win it because they are at home, but the Diamondbacks have a good team and should be able to hang in each matchup.

Many of these games should go back and forth and in the end the series will end with a split, which the Diamondbacks will be elated to take in MLB odds.

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Pick: Diamondbacks split the series with the Dodgers at BookMaker.eu
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Score Prediction: Dodgers and Diamondbacks win two games apiece

 

MLB Baseball Betting Odds, Phillies vs. Nationals Predictions

Phillies vs. Nationals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Seven games out in the NL East and 6.5 out in the NL Wildcard chase, it’s do or die time for the Washington Nationals who entered this crucial series with the Philadelphia Phillies a game under .500 for the season. As for the Phillies, they’re currently in better shape than tonight’s opponent but have hit a rough patch recently. However, Gabe Kapler’s squad has held the upper hand in the 2018 rivalry taking six of the 10 overall meetings which includes splitting the six games played in DC.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Stephen Strasburg
Phillies vs. Nationals TV Coverage: MLB Network

That two game series with Boston was enough to take the bite out of the Phillies who fell flat on their faces over the weekend in New York where they dropped three of five to the Mets. That’s simply inexcusable for a team in the thick of both the pennant and Wildcard chases with only five weeks remaining in the regular season.

Since sweeping the Marlins in an extended four game series at the beginning of August, Philadelphia has yet to win a series since losing two of three to both Arizona and San Diego, splitting with Boston and most recently stinking the joint out at Citi Field where they got bludgeoned 24-4 in the series opener. This series is a huge test for a Phillies squad that’s gotten the job done at home ( 41-22 ), but been taken advantage of on the road ( 27-34 ).

Would someone please put the Nats out of their misery already? After dropping back-to-back series on the road to the Cubs and Cardinals, you would’ve thought they’d take care of business back home against last place Miami. In true Nationals fashion, they went on to drop two of three and cost those that backed them on the baseball odds a pretty penny in the process ( -$310 ). Thankfully they won the opener as -354 chalk!

Either way, time is running out for Bryce Harper and company to make a run at a playoff spot with only 37 games left on the regular season docket. As many injuries as the pitching staff has recently incurred, it would be quite the feat if they were to pull it off. The odds of them doing so are incredibly long right now evidenced by the +1600 payoff to win the NL East. You’re likely better off taking a Bic to any funds you plan to drop on that Lotto ticket!

Key Stat

4.5 –This is the amount of runs the Nationals have scored against teams currently in the playoffs over the last 11 games. A decent output no doubt, but when you take away the 9, 8, 6, and 6 run outbursts, you’re left with an average of just 2.9 runs per game. Not so good is it? With the starting rotation and back end of the bullpen in tatters, it comes as no surprise that Washington can only slug its way to victories right now. That is unless Mad Max is toeing the bump which isn’t the case in this one. They got to Eflin for six hits and 2 ER in the five innings he threw at them back on June 22 in his lone career start against them.
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Tonight will mark the return of Stephen Strasburg who has unsurprisingly been out of commission for the last month. The righty can never stay healthy, but when he is, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. Entering his 15th start of the year, Strasburg stands 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA and .239 BAA. Washington has only won two of his eight made home starts where he owns a 2-5 personal record and ludicrous 5.21 ERA.

He’s only tossed bullpen sessions and simulated games while on the DL, so it remains to be seen just how effective he’ll be in his return to the starting bump. My guess is he’ll be alright, but once he departs, the Phillies will have their way with the Nats horrid bullpen en route to driving another nail into their division rival’s coffin.

MLB Pick: Bet the Phillies at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – Washington 3

Nationals vs. Cardinals Betting Odds, MLB Baseball Picks

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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Don’t look now, but the St. Louis Cardinals are only five games back in the NL Central pennant chase and only sit two games out in the NL Wildcard race. The team has done a complete 180 under the watch of interim manager Mike Shildt winning 17 of 26 games to go from one game over .500 to nine games ahead of a breakeven pace. That’s a position the Washington Nationals wish they were in with the club underachieving in a huge way a second straight season.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jack Flaherty
Nationals vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: MLB Network

Six games out in the wildcard race, this is a make or break series for Bryce Harper and the Nats. If losing to the Cubs on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough to make you sick, dropping the opener of this series in St. Louis after giving up five runs the last two innings should do the trick. Washington was on life support as it was. The loss might just have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Winning the NL East looks nothing but a pipe dream now that they’re seven games off the pace of the Atlanta Braves, and they also need to chase down the Phillies for the Wildcard. Good luck with that. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss dropped the Nationals a game below .500 on the road where they’ve cost baseball bettors over $600 to date. It also moved them to 1-3 their last four visits to the Show Me State.

What a difference a change of scenery makes. Giving Matheny the axe, benching unproductive veterans and shipping another out has done wonders for the franchise. Still, the Redbirds face a steep uphill climb to get back into the NL Central pennant race, so at best, they’re likely looking at a one game playoff should they actually see the comeback all the way through and get into the second season.

Monday’s comeback win moved the team to a season-high nine games over .500. In doing so, they clawed to within five games of front running Chicago and within two games of the Brewers and Phillies for the Wildcard. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, you have to imagine Shildt has caught the attention of upper management to at some point return “interim” from his job title.

Player to Watch

Matt Carpenter –The veteran is one of the main reasons for the Redbirds turnaround. While his bat was silent the first couple months of the season, it’s been red hot over the last 10 weeks. He entered this series with a .280 average and 68 RBI. Most impressive are his 30 freaking 3 home runs! Over St. Louis’s last 10 games, the utility man has gone yard seven times. Seven times! He launched a three run bomb in Monday’s series opener to begin the late inning comeback. We’ll see just how locked in he is at the moment with the lefty just 1-for-6 with a K and two walks against Tanner Roark lifetime.
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Speaking of Roark, he’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and .323 BAA through three career starts against the Cardinals. It gets even uglier at Busch Stadium where he’s 0-2 through a pair of career starts with a 7.88 ERA and .308 BAA. I don’t foresee it getting any prettier in this outing. On the flipside, Jack Flaherty has been pitching out of his mind over his last two turns. He tossed six innings of shutout ball at the Pirates in PNC, and then followed it up with seven innings of 2 ER ball allowed at the Royals in Kansas City. St. Louis has split his eight home starts where he’s the owner of a 3.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 43.1 innings. This will be the first time Washington will have seen his stuff, and that bodes tremendously well for the rookie pitcher. The Nats are cooked. Look for the Redbirds to put the form in ‘em tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Cardinals at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: St. Louis 8 – Washington 2