Online Sports Betting’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings (October 8 Edition)
5. Kansas City Royals
Odds To Win The World Series: 4/1
Welcome back to the postseason, Kansas City. The defending American League champs weren’t exactly considered a lock to return to the playoffs in 2015, but they’ve closed out the regular season with the best AL record despite have pitching woes and a shaky 11-17 September. Their reward? A date with a Houston Astros squad that’s launched 230 homers off opposing arms over 162 contests. The Royals will be relying on Yordano Ventura, the underwhelming post-trade Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez to shut down Houston’s young bats.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
Odds To Win The World Series: 5/1
Congrats New York! Your reward for winning the NL East is a battle with the club that leapfrogged you for home field advantage in the Division Series. We can’t imagine how terrifying it must be for the Mets (who have no shortage of great pitchers) to go toe-to-toe with perennial Cy Young contenders like Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. For what it’s worth, the Mets edged out the Dodgers in their regular season encounters with a 4-3 record over seven games.
3. Chicago Cubs
Odds To Win The World Series: 12/1
The Cubs not only survived but thrived in their Wild Card meeting with Pittsburgh. A spectacular complete game performance from Jake Arrieta had hearts fluttering in the Second City and the team’s young stars promise an extra dash of excitement as Joe Maddon attempts to guide Chicago to its first World Series championship in over 100 years.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
Odds To Win The World Series: 6/1
Poor St. Louis. The Cards had the best record in the Majors in 2015 with 100 wins and their first round encounter is still with the OTHER best team in the National League. It’s certainly not all gloom and doom for this fearsome squad. Adam Wainwright is back on the roster of the franchise with the lowest ERA in baseball. Young phenom Carlos Gonzalez has been shut down for the year, but the Cardinals are still loaded with talents John Lackey, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia and Lance Lynn. If St. Louis can generate an increased offensive burst against their NL Central rival, it will put all of baseball on notice.
1. Toronto Blue Jays
Odds To Win The World Series: 3/1
The Toronto Blue Jays are the club saddled as the oddsmaker’s favourite as the playoffs shift into full swing. It’s not too difficult to understand why. The Jays led the Majors in runs, homers, on base percentage and slugging percentage which points to the team’s devastating batting order. Beefing up Toronto’s contender credentials are the return of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Marcus Stroman fitting in very nicely since coming back. The Texas Rangers are no joke, mind you. They have players like Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland that are gunning to rough up their opposition’s rotation and bullpen. Yovani Gallardo and Cole Hamels have been tasked with limiting the Jays devastation at the plate for Games 1 and 2.
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