Odds To Win The 2016 MLB Divisions
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As the season approaches we are seeing more and more gambling entities finally display and update their Division odds on a daily basis.
Over the course of the year we will be doing a weekly post on both the World Series and the MLB Divisions for best value.
I have selected one good value pick and one bad value pick for each Division. Next to a good pick, or a bad one, there will be an assigned parenthesis number for the degree I love the wager compared to the other Division picks.
The Chicago Cubs are the biggest favorite to win their own Division which is not surprising. In the American League, the KC Royals have the lowest odd.
I like how this establishment has the Royals as their favorite lock to make the postseason, yet still have the Red Sox and Blue Jays favored over them for the World Series odds.
This goes the same for the Giants in the National League. San Francisco is +900 to win the ‘Fall Classic’, yet the Mets and Nationals are more of a favorite to win the NL East, then they are the NL West.
Bad Value – Red Block
Good Value – Blue Block
It continues to baffle me on how little respect the Jays are receiving for the AL East as compared to the Red Sox. Lets all remember that Toronto won 93 games in 2015 – and Boston won 78.
Toronto is a decent bet here, but even they are priced about where they should be.
Baltimore is actually the best odd at 11/1 for the AL East. The O’s are better offensively than they were in 2014 – and have a similar pitching staff as well.
While I have Baltimore as a 82 – 84 win club, if Toronto New York and Boston both have injury trouble with their upper echelon players (completely possible), the gap narrows in the AL East..
Boston Red Sox +175 (4)
Toronto Blue Jays +175
NY Yankees +310
TB Rays +1000
Baltimore Orioles +1100 (5)
I hate the Indians odd because of missing Michael Brantley until May.
I was tempted to pick the Twins at +1100, but their Pitching rotation is just not going to be enough.
KC Royals +125
Cleveland Indians +325 (2)
Detroit Tigers +330 (6)
Chicago White Sox +600
Minnesota Twins +1100
As I have written about a lot this winter, the Angels are in complete denial if they think they are better in 2016 – than in 2015 with the roster.
The 2015 season saw them win 85 games. LF/C and 2B continue to look bleak for position production – and Albert Pujols will be hard pressed to begin the 2016 campaign healthy.
Love the Mariners at that +390 clip. I have them right near where Texas should end up for victories (84 – 86 wins), and if things break right, they could usurp the Astros.
Houston Astros +150
Texas Rangers +250
LA Angels +390 (1)
Seattle Mariners +390 (4)
Oakland A’s +1800
New York has the best pitching rotation in the Majors right now. The Nats had a mess of an offseason – with only really signing Daniel Murphy – while losing Denard Span, Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond (3 starters from last year, and 2 -.300 hitters.)
Miami at +550 is a bit of a stretch as well. If the Mets don’t take the Division, it will most likely be because the Nats blew by them.
NY Mets +100 (2)
Washington Nationals +115
Miami Marlins +550 (3)
Atlanta Braves +5000
Love the Cubs to win the World Series in 2016 – but just like the World Series odds, the division odds are just not there for Chicago.
Just like I have written recently for the Cards they won 100 games last year – and have many players that are capable e of internal improvement.
Cincinnati Reds are going to be my pick as the worst team in the Majors this season.
Chicago Cubs -125
St. Louis Cards +210 (3)
Pittsburgh Pirates +340
Milwaukee Brewers +4000
Cincinnati Reds +5500 (6)
I actually agree with where the experts put San Fran here. I just don’t think the Dodgers are that far behind. I think Los Angeles may finish within 1 – 3 victories shy of the Giants by seasons end.
I have a tough time thinking Arizona will win the NL West – although I firmly believe they will be in the mid 80’s for wins for the year.
SF Giants +125
LA Dodgers +190 (1)
Arizona D’backs +230 (5)
SD Padres +2200
Colorado Rockies +10000
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