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Odds to Win the 2014 World Series – MLB Futures Betting

It’s that time of year again! Spring Training started today and I’m sure that had a lot of fans excited. The 2014 World Series futures odds have been out for a while now, but most handicappers don’t spend much time looking at these markets until now.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last season and they’re amongst the favorites again this year. However, four other teams have lower World Series futures odds than the Red Sox and they include the Dodgers, Tigers, Cardinals and Nationals.

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Last season the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) won the NL West by 11 games over the Diamondbacks. However, they were unable to earn a ticket to the World Series, as they lost to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series (4-2) in what was a close series.

On paper the Dodgers are the best team in MLB when healthy, but health was a major concern last year. If players like Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez can stay healthy they’ll be next to unstoppable, especially if Yasiel Puig can mature a bit from last season.

The pitching rotation is very strong as well. The expected rotation is Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Haren and Beckett. The rotation is a bit weak at the backend, as Beckett and Haren aren’t playing that well the last two years, but this rotation is still very strong.

To be honest, I think the AL is wide open and could be won by a number of teams. I hate to predict the Yankees out of the AL, but I think this team will surprise some people. If players like C.C. Sabathia and Derek Jeter can bounce back the Yankees will be tough.

The New York Yankees (85-77) didn’t even make the playoffs last season, but they were unhealthy and had off-field issues. I expect new faces like Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka to help take the Yankees back into the playoffs.

Pitching may be a problem, especially the bullpen, but I look for Sabathia to look like an ace this year. Kuroda was great last season and Pineda could be a tough pitcher to beat at the end of the rotation if he can start to play like he did in his rookie season.

Middle of the Pack Teams to Consider

The Atlanta Braves (96-66) won the NL East last season convincingly, as the Nationals started slowly and couldn’t recover. The Nats will be a tougher team this year, but the Braves should win the division. The big question is can they win a playoff series this year?

On paper the Braves look relatively the same with the only major losses being Brian McCann and Tim Hudson. Atlanta resigned a lot of their young talent during the off-season rather than spending big money on any of the free agents that were available.

With Freeman, Uggla, Heyward and the Upton brothers this line-up has power from top to bottom. My main concern is the pitching, as they lost Hudson and numerous relievers. The offense will need to make up for the losses at pitching by scoring more runs.

It’ll be tough for the Seattle Mariners (71-91) to make the playoffs in the AL, but I think they can sneak in as a wild card and once in the playoffs they could make some noise, especially if they can add an extra bat and pitcher before the trade deadline hits.

Robinson Cano was the biggest signing in MLB this off-season, but the Mariners also signed Corey Hart. The batting order has a ton of talent and with one more big bat they could potentially make a run in the playoffs if their pitching can hold up that long.

Seattle will struggle with the back end of their pitching rotation, but Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma should both be solid at the top of the rotation. Scott Baker isn’t a terrible option at #3, but if Seattle can sign a pitcher at the deadline it’d help them.

My Prediction to Win the 2014 World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) are always a contender to win the World Series, as the team is extremely well managed and they’re always getting the best out of their players. No one on the roster jumps out at you, but this team will win a lot of games again.

Losing Carlos Beltran will hurt the line-up, but the team has upgraded at multiple positions as well. Jhonny Peralta I think will have a big season with the Cardinals and he should have plenty of opportunities with RISP if he’s slotted in at #6 on the batting order.

I really like the pitching on the Cardinals with Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Jaime Garcia and Lance Lynn listed as the projected starters. Once in the playoffs this pitching staff has the ability to completely shutdown the opposing offenses.

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