NLCS AND WORLD SERIES FUTURES BETTING
MID SUMMER 2008
Take me out to the ball game. This years MLB season is in full
swing, and some great wagering opportunities have presented
themselves on the futures markets. We haven’t even hit the All-Star
break and futures odds have been served up for the World Series,
ALCS, NLCS, and each respective division. The Boston Red Sox are the
early favorite to win the World Series at odds of 5/2. The Chicago
Cubs are the second choice and have been tabbed at 4-1. Let’s take a
closer look at some of the top contenders along with some legit long
shot plays. Futures wagers can present some great value and hedging
opportunities down the road.
Chicago Cubs- The Cubs offer very different odds for winning the
NLCS and the World Series. While they are 7-5 to win the NLCS, you
will get 4-1 if you are confident in their ability to win one more
series. With players like Alfonso Soriano and Derek Lee in the
lineup, Chicago has a great chance to see their team bring back the
World Series trophy for the first time since 1908.
Boston Red Sox- The reigning champs are 5/2 to win their third World
Series in five years. I however don’t like their odds much at all.
Not only are the Red Sox currently in second place behind the Devil
Rays, but that division is very tough altogether. While I wouldn’t
be at all surprised if the Red Sox made their way back to the World
Series, I can’t like them at them at such a short price. At odds of
5-4 to win the ALCS, and 5/2 to win the World Series, I would stay
away from this favorite.
New York Mets- I really like these guys at 15-1 to win the World
Series. They have a star studded roster which include Johan Santana,
David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran. The Mets also present
good value at 5-1 to win the NLCS. New Yorkers really have something
to cheer for here. When betting on futures, the ability to spot a
good sized underdog with potential well in advance, is key. Let me
remind you, the New York Giants were 15-1 to win the NFC at one
point last season.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays- Who would’ve thought that this deep in the
season the Devil Rays would be in front of the Red Sox for first
place in their division? Certainly not I. If you like to play a team
that is hot, then the Devil Rays are for you. At odds of 5-1 for the
ALCS and 10-1 for the World Series they present some serious value.
Los Angeles Angels- Fans of this team have watched their team put
together a record that would make their fictional parallels in the
movie “Angels in the Outfield” blush. They already have a 4.5 game
lead over the A’s in their division, and with sluggers like Vladimir
Guerrero they are headed in the right direction. At odds of 3-1 to
win the ALCS and 6-1 to win the World Series there is no lack of
New York Yankees- How the mighty have fallen. The Yankees who once
had a vice like grip on their division season after season are now
5.5 games behind the Devil Rays. America’s team wont give in without
a fight though! With a roster that includes Alex Rodriguez, Derek
Jeter and Bobby Abreau, the Yankees are ALWAYS a threat. Plus, you
can count on the Yankees making a major move at some point in the
near future. More than likely, a pitcher or two. They have been
tabbed at 6-1 to win the ALCS, and 10-1 to win the World Series. I
believe they would be a good bet.
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