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Dodgers, Indians Lead World Series Odds

Dodgers, Indians Lead World Series Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

After cracking the 100-win mark for the first time since 1974 the Los Angeles Dodgers return to the MLB postseason knotted with the Cleveland Indians as +333 favorites on the World Series odds.

The Dodgers got off to a slow 10-12 start to the campaign that featured consecutive wins on just two occasions, dipping them to +1200 on the World Series odds. Los Angeles would then catch fire, embarking on a stunning 56-11 run in early June that catapulted them to short +275 favorites by August 1.

Los Angeles would eventually cool off, going 1-16 during a mid-August stretch, but still managed to claim their fifth straight NL West division title, outpacing second-place Arizona by 11 games.

While division title celebrations have become an annual affair in Los Angeles, the Dodgers have failed to carry over their recent regular season success into the postseason, bowing out in the NLDS in two of the past three years and failing to reach the World Series in 10 postseason appearances since their last championship back in 1988.

Like the Dodgers, the Indians enjoyed lengthy stretches this season during which they were nearly unbeatable. Listed as a +900 World Series bet to open the season after reaching the Fall Classic last fall, the Indians struggled to stay above .500 in the first half of the campaign.

However, they quickly turned things around with a 23-game win streak in late August to run away with the AL Central title by 17 games.

 

Astros Round Out World Series Top Odds

The Houston Astros round out the front of the pack with +450 World Series odds, followed by the Washington Nationals at +750, and the Boston Red Sox, who join the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs at +800.

The Astros found their offensive stroke during a 14-3 stretch run, scoring at least 11 runs in four of their final seven games. The Red Sox take on Houston in the ALDS looking to atone for their meltdown in last year’s ALDS matchup with Cleveland, when they were swept in three games while getting outscored by a 15-7 margin.

The Cubs needed just 92 games to win the NL Central title but ride a 15-4 run into the postseason. Chicago trails at +110 on the series prices in their NLDS clash with the Nationals, who look for their first postseason series win in four appearances since the franchise moved from Montreal in 2005.

Rounding out the World Series odds, the New York Yankees sit alongside the Diamondbacks at +1400, while the Minnesota Twins and the Colorado Rockies are knotted at +2800.

 

*Odds as of October 3, 2017

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