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Post-Trade Deadline 2016 MLB World Series Predictions

2016 MLB World SeriesThe trade deadline just passed and we’ve had a chance to see how traded players are fitting in with their new teams. So, now is the perfect time to take a look at the updated 2016 MLB World Series odds.

We had several blockbuster deals and the New York Yankees were actually sellers. The Yankees may be out of the playoff race this season, but they’ll be World Series contenders in a couple years.

Will the Chicago Cubs win the World Series?

It’s clear the Chicago Cubs (67-41) are all-in this season. The Cubs have the best record in baseball and are looking to win the World Series for the first time since 1908. They needed bullpen help, so they went out and traded for Aroldis Chapman, Mike Montgomery and Joe Smith.

The Cubs rank 1st in team ERA (3.21) and WHIP (1.13). Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks all have 10+ wins already, while John Lackey has a winning record (8-7) as well. If the Cubs pitching holds up in October they’re going to be tough to beat in a playoff series.

It also helps that Chicago have lots of hitting depth. Anthony Rizzo (24 HRs) and Kris Bryant (26 HRs) lead the way, but Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler are having a great season too. The Cubbies are World Series favorites, but at just over 3/1, there’s no value betting them now.

Best bet to win the 2016 MLB World Series

The Boston Red Sox (60-48) are third in the AL East and barely hanging onto the wild card. The good news is that means we’re getting great value on Boston at 14/1 odds. Boston were busy at the deadline, adding Fernando Abad, Drew Pomeranz and Brad Ziegler, but Pomeranz is already 0-2 (6.20 ERA) with Boston.

Boston’s pitching staff ranks 17th in team ERA (4.30) and 15th in WHIP (1.32). David Price was signed to a massive offseason deal, but he’s 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Rick Porcello (14-3) is having a great season, though. If the pitching improves down the stretch, Boston will contend for the division title.

David Ortiz is having a great last season – he leads the Red Sox in HRs (25) and RBIs (87). As a team, the Red Sox rank 1st in runs scored (585), batting average (.285), OBP (.351), SLG (.469) and OPS (.820). The younger bats (Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts) are all having great seasons.

Top contenders

The San Francisco Giants (62-47) are two games ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West. Adding Matt Moore was a great move, despite losing Matt Duffy in the trade. The Giants already ranked 5th in team ERA (3.70) and WHIP (1.23). My concern is the offense, which ranks 14th in runs scored (4.52 RPG).

Another scary team in the NL is the Washington Nationals (65-44) who are dominating the NL East. Even with Bryce Harper struggling right now, the Nats are still rolling along. With Stephen Strasburg (15-1) and Max Scherzer (12-6) leading the rotation, no one will want to play the Nationals in the MLB playoffs.

The AL doesn’t present such a clear picture. The Texas Rangers (63-47) have the best record in the AL and were busy during the deadline. The Rangers traded for Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. Texas ranks 21st in team ERA (4.35) and didn’t add a starter, which I believe will hurt them down the stretch.

The Cleveland Indians (62-46) lead the AL Central and have one of the best pitching rotations in baseball this season. The Indians rank 7th in team ERA (3.79) and WHIP (1.24) and added closer Andrew Miller at the deadline. The offense also ranks 5th in runs scored (5.0 RPG) and 9th in HRs (140).

You can’t count out the Baltimore Orioles (62-46) or Toronto Blue Jays (63-47) either. These two teams are fighting for first in the AL East, along with the Red Sox. Both teams rank in the top 10 in runs scored, but both have pitching concerns heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

Updated odds to win the 2016 MLB World Series

(Updated August 2016)

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Chicago Cubs +325
San Francisco Giants +650
Texas Rangers +650
Washington Nationals +650
Cleveland Indians +900
Toronto Blue Jays +900
Boston Red Sox +1400
Baltimore Orioles +1400
Los Angeles Dodgers +1600
Detroit Tigers +1600
Houston Astros +2200
New York Mets +3300
St. Louis Cardinals +3300
Miami Marlins +3300
Seattle Mariners +5000
Pittsburgh Pirates +6600
New York Yankees +7500
Colorado Rockies +7500
Kansas City Royals +15000
Chicago White Sox +15000

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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