Dodgers Are The 2016 World Series Odd Favorite: There Is No Way They Should Be

Back to Back AL pennants and this years World Series Winners. Yet by the Vegas odds board, they are not even in the top 10? Wrong... They play in the most winnable Division right now based on their talent, and are returning to 2016 with a great amount of their young nucleus. Pick them as the best bet on the board right now from this gambling establishment.

Back to Back AL pennants and this years World Series Winners. Yet by the Vegas odds board, they are not even in the top 10? Wrong… They play in the most winnable Division right now based on their talent, and are returning to 2016 with a great amount of their young nucleus. Pick them as the best bet on the board right now from this gambling establishment.

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These odds are courtesy of vegasodds.com for the 2016 World Series.

Dodgers 8/1

Worst odd on the board.  Losing Greinke will crush rotation.  There is a chemistry problem there too.

Mets 10/1

Should be the National League favorite if replace Cespedes and Murphy. Lots of salary room to spend if Wilpon’s can spend.

Blue Jays 10/1

Need to sign a capable #2 Starter like Samardzija and should be the AL favorite.

Cubs 10/1

Like them to sign Price and win the Division in 2016, however in tough with Bucs/Cards. This is a bad odd.

Nats 10/1

This odd is about right.  Washington and New York are going to get fat on the Phillies and Braves for a few years.

The Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates will all beat each other up in 2016, and this will make any of the wagers they have on their current odds not smart bets. Put your cabbage on someone else.

The Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates will all beat each other up in 2016, and this will make any of the wagers they have on their current odds not smart bets. Put your cabbage on someone else.

Cards 12/1

Read writeup on Cubs.

Rangers 12/1

Like this odd as they are best versed team in AL West, and have Darvish coming back.

Astros 12/1

Decent odd, but it may take another year of molding.

Pirates 12/1

I think the Bucs miss the playoffs outright in 2016.  Tough to play versus the Cards/Cubs right now.

Yankees 16/1

Token odd for a team that did not play well down the stretch.  I don’t think Tex and A-Rod club 30 HRs each again next year.

Red Sox 18/1

I actually believe in this odd.  This young club can hit and just needs to find some pitchers to help shut down other squads.

Royals 18/1

Best bet on the board.  They lose Cueto, potentially Gordon and Zobrist yes, but in a weaker AL Central, give me that balanced club all year.

Giants 20/1

Weird Season for the odds, I like them to win the NL West in 2016, and if they are in the playoffs, look the hell out from there.  2nd best bet on the board.

Angels 20/1

This is perfectly placed odd for this club.  Will be tough to keep up with young Astros club, and are not as solid in pitching as Rangers Starters, but any team with Mike Trout has a punchers chance.

Indians 20/1

Lots of love to the Tribe here. This is about the right mark for this squad, who underachieved in 2015.

Tigers 20/1

2nd worst odd on the board to the Dodgers.  Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez are another year older, and the team vaguely resembles the Phillies aging club over the last few years.

Mariners 30/1

If Felix Hernandez can get some help, coupled with a good bounce back year from Robinson Cano, you never know.  The club did win 87 games in 2014, however in tough versus Astros and Rangers in the same division.

Rays 40/1

Best Starters in the AL East may prove a team that could compete for a playoff spot.  Offense is a problem though.

O’s 40/1

Does anyone believe Peter Angelos will spend money in this offseason.. Hell no…Back to under .500 for the O’s after losing Chris Davis.

White Sox 40/1

This is about right for the Pale Hose.

Twins 40/1

#3 best odd on the board.  Miguel Sano is a beast, and if they can see their prospects like Buxton and Meyer come in for significant roles, added with a full year of Ervin Santana, I could see them pushing 90 wins.

A’s 60/1

Padres 60/1

D’Backs 60/1

The club plays .500 with Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup.  With a downfall of the Dodgers, and the aging core in San Francisco’s pitching rotations, the D’Backs may be trouble in 2016.

Brewers 60/1

Forget it.  Too tough of a division for the next 2 – 3 years.

Reds 60/1

They are even worse than the Brew Crew.

Marlins 60/1

Even with Jose Fernandez back, can’t see Stanton ever playing a full year. Ownership will blow it up again.

Braves 100/1

Building for 2017.  100 Losses may be on horizon.

Rockies 150/1

Good offense, bad place to pitch. 6 Winning Seasons as a franchise in 22 years.  Make it 6 out of 23 next year.

Phillies 300/1

Team will be better in 2016, but just barely.

First off, these guys have actually done one hell of a job giving the odds out.  But, seriously, there are few egregious errors here.  You can’t have the Dodgers as the #1 favorite for a club when they are probably going to lose Zack Greinke.  There is a serious chemistry issue.  If you think they are going to buy every Free Agent either, you are wrong – as they enter a 40% penalty for spending over the Luxury Tax Threshold..

Secondly, the Royals at 18/1 is a joke!  Clearly they may have an easier path to in their division than any other club in 2016.  I would actually argue this squad should be a top 2 or 3 favorite based on this.

The Jays at 10/1 is also precarious.  I mean they will lose David Price and Mark Buehrle in all likelihood.  However, I am not going to say they shouldn’t be the 2nd or 3rd favorite in the American League to take the pennant, and offensively the entire club pretty much comes back.

If you are looking for some serious value on the board – how about the Minnesota Twins at 40/1  Given they play in a weak AL Central, they could compete for the Division Title if KC has an off year, and they should be in play for one of the Wild Card Positions as well.

The Mets should actually be the favorite in the National League with the Nationals.  If the New York Metropolitans sign a few offensive sluggers to combat the loss of Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy, I would give them the edge of the Washington Nationals.

For those scoring at home, Washington loses Jordan Zimmerman and Denard Span, absolute vital cogs in their teams engine the last few years.  If you don’t believe me, google the clubs record without Span in the lineup.

The Pirates, Cards and Cubs will also bash the hell out of each other next year – and as such are all risky bets in my view.

 If you were to ask me who will make the playoff next season, I would go with these selections

AL

Toronto (AL East Winner)

Kansas City (AL Central Winner)

Minnesota (Wild Card 2)

Texas Rangers (AL West Winner)

Houston (Wild Card 1)

NL

New York Mets (NL East Winner)

Washington (Wild Card 1)

Chicago Cubs (NL Central Winner)

St. Louis Cards (Wild Card 2)

San Francisco Giants (NL West Winner)

Yes, I will go there with the Giants in an even year.  The Dodgers problem is all in the clubhouse, and it actually may worsen with the loss of Zack Greinke.  That LA club makes me think of the 2011 Boston Red Sox.  They may need a few guys to be traded that are killing the chemistry. I say they win 87 – 89 wins in 2016 – just falling short of the playoffs.

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