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Struggling Dodgers Remain Atop Futures

Struggling Dodgers Remain Atop Futures - Bovada Sportsbook

Despite their late-summer swoon the Los Angeles Dodgers remain heavy favorites on the odds to win the World Series in 2017. At the start of August, Los Angeles was listed at +275 to win the World Series, by the middle of the month they’d improved to +225, and now the Dodgers are pegged at +210 on the futures.

At 92-45 heading into action late on Tuesday night Los Angeles remained 12.5 games up on second-place Arizona in the NL West, but it should be noted Dodgers starters were just 8-9 with a 4.40 ERA over the past 30 games compared to the rotation’s season ERA of 3.41.

On the flip side are the surging Cleveland Indians. Investors could have got the Tribe at +800 on the World Series odds on August 1 and +700 on August 21, but thanks in part to a double-digit winning streak their return is down to +550.

Terry Francona’s starting rotation is 20-4 with a 2.40 ERA over the past 30 days. Over the past two weeks, four Indians hitters – Francisco Lindsor, Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion – all own a .400+ OBP with four or more home runs.


Astros Lead AL World Series Contenders

Justin Verlander’s trade to the Astros earned a lot of social media attention and headlines, but didn’t do much to sway oddsmakers’ opinion of Houston’s World Series chances. They remain at +500, where they were before Verlander was acquired.

The Astros’ starting rotation was 8-10 with a 4.55 ERA over the past 30 days heading into Tuesday’s action. Granted, the offense has helped mask some of those issues on the bump during the season by leading the league in batting average (.285), slugging (.485) and on-base percentage (.348), while ranking third in home runs (210).

The Chicago Cubs’ odds of defending their World Series title had yo-yoed over the past month before they settled at +800 – sixth-best in MLB. They were 7-3 over their last 10 games heading into Tuesday’s action, but are still trying to shake the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central standings.

The Cubs bullpen is 3-5 with a 6.35 ERA over the past 30 days. Jon Lester’s ERA of 4.46 is more than two runs higher than what it was in 2016. Jake Arrieta left his last start after experiencing tightness in his hamstring.


*Odds as of September 6, 2017

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