As the 2016 MLB season is set to begin this Sunday, April 3, 2016, here is a list of the final betting odds for each team to win the World Series this season. Along with the betting odds for each team are comments about the odds.
The team that is favored to win the World Series will have to overcome a streak of over 100 years if anyone betting on them wants to cash a World Series bet in 2016. Generally, bettors should avoid teams having to overcome long losing streaks if they want to stay solvent but in baseball hope springs eternal every year.
1. Chicago Cubs – 9/2 odds
After going 97-65 last season and then losing to the New York Mets 4-0 in the NLCS the Chicago Cubs are now the betting favorites to win the 2016 World Series at odds of 9/2. The Cubs added Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey in the off-season. Will that be enough to put the Cubs over the top and end their 108 year long World Series drought? Probably not worth the low odds here.
2. San Francisco Giants – 9 to 1
Even though they did not make the playoffs last year the San Francisco Giants are second in the World Series betting odds at 9 to 1. The Giants did add pitching this off-season signing Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija and pitching is the formula that has really worked for this team in the past.
3. New York Mets – 10 to 1
Even though the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 in the NLCS last year the Mets are over double the odds of the Cubs to win the World Series in 2016. That seems out of wack especially with the young pitching the Mets have.
4. Boston Red Sox – 12 to 1
The Boston Red Sox are going from a 78-84 season in 2015 to being the lowest odds team in the American League to win the 2016 World Series. David Price is a good pitcher but is he really that good and will he be that good pitching in Fenway Park this season?
5. Kansas City Royals – 14 to 1
The Royals signed Ian Kennedy to replace Johnny Cueto this season. Not sure that will work out but even so the Royals are probably a better bet to repeat this season as World Series champions than the Red Sox are to get to the World Series.
T-6. Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals – 15 to 1 odds each
Will a new manager make any difference at all for the LA Dodgers this season? Can the young Houston Astros keep improving enough to win the World Series in 2016? Can the St. Louis Cardinals keep putting a top product on the field again in 2016? The Pittsburgh Pirates will likely regress this season but by how much?
T-10. Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals – 18 to 1 odds each
Probably the two trendiest picks for each league this season are the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL and the Washington Nationals in the NL. Not a big fan of trendy picks as they rarely ever pan out.
T-12. New York Yankees, Texas Rangers – 20 to 1 odds each
Here are a couple of teams who both made the playoffs last season and both are 20 to 1 odds each to win the 2016 World Series. If the Yankees can stay healthy they are certainly a threat to win the World Series in 2016.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks – 25 to 1
The Diamondbacks went just 79-83 last season. It’s hard to see them improving enough to go from that to World Series champions in 2016. It could happen but are they worth the risk at 25 to 1 odds?
T-15. Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, LA Angels – 30 to 1 odds each
None of these four teams in the American League at 30 to 1 odds each made the playoffs last year and only the Angels came close. Somebody has to win the pennant in the American League this year and go to the World Series but except for the Angels your reaching a little here.
T-19. Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles – 45 to 1 odds each
Three more MLB teams who have to improve a ton just to make the playoffs in 2016 let alone win the World Series. To bet any of these three teams at 45 to 1 odds each you really have to be a fan of the team. Otherwise it’s too risky for not enough reward.
T-22. Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays – 60 to 1 odds each
If you want to take a stab here the Twins are probably your better bet. At least they went 83-79 last year so they don’t have to improve as much as the Rays do this season.
24. Oakland A’s – 80 to 1
If you are a fan of Billy Beane and his style of moneyball you might consider the Okalnd A’s here at 80 to 1 odds. But even with all the success Billy Beane has had the Oakland A’s have never won a World Series with him as the GM.
Beyond that we have the remaining six teams in MLB all at odds of 100 to 1 or more. The San Diego Padres are 100 to 1, the Milwaukee Brewers are 125 to 1 odds, the Atlanta Braves are 140 to 1 and the Cincinnati Reds are 150 to 1 odds. The two longest shots to win the World Series in MLB in 2016 are the Colorado Rockies at 200 to 1 odds and the Philadelphia Phillies at 250 to 1 odds.
Just this MLB fan’s opinion but the the Colorado Rockies should ditch the humidor and go back to being a fun park to watch baseball in.