2015 MLB Odds – Nats are WS Favorites

If you’re looking for proof that spring is near, the fact that the Major League Baseball season is less than two weeks away should suffice!

This is the time of the year where expectations are high for all 30 teams. With the Royals coming off of a World Series run, even the small-market teams are dreaming big in 2015.

Of course, when it comes to the odds of taking home the Commissioner’s Trophy, the teams with the big names and bigger payrolls remain the favorites; in terms of individual hardware, last season’s top performers appear primed for repeat success.

Here’s a look at the World Series and player awards odds for the upcoming 2015 MLB season.

World Series odds:

After adding Max Scherzer to their already dominant rotation, the Nationals are the odds-on favorite to win the Fall Classic at 4/1. After losing some big names in the off-season, the clock appears to have struck midnight for last year’s Cinderella, Kansas City, which is 35/1.

Washington Nationals: 4/1
Los Angeles Dodgers: 7/1
Los Angeles Angels: 11/1
Boston Red Sox: 13/1
Chicago Cubs: 14/1
St. Louis Cardinals: 14/1
Seattle Mariners: 15/1
San Francisco Giants: 16/1
Chicago White Sox: 18/1
San Diego Padres: 20/1
Detroit Tigers: 22/1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 25/1
Cleveland Indians: 26/1
Baltimore Orioles: 28/1
New York Mets: 28/1
Toronto Blue Jays: 28/1
New York Yankees: 30/1
Kansas City Royals: 35/1
Miami Marlins: 38/1
Oakland Athletics: 40/1
Tampa Bay Rays: 45/1
Texas Rangers: 45/1
Houston Astros: 60/1
Cincinnati Reds: 70/1
Milwaukee Brewers 70/1
Atlanta Braves: 100/1
Minnesota Twins: 120/1
Arizona Diamondbacks: 125/1
Colorado Rockies: 125/1
Philadelphia Phillies: 275/1

 

MVP odds:

American League:

Remember the press lambasting Robinson Cano (Mariners) and his big contract? Cano’s impressive offensive numbers will silence those critics. Also, keep your eye on Mike Trout. It’s hard to believe he keeps getting better every year.

Robinson Cano (Mariners): 2/1
Mike Trout (Angels): 2/1
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): 6/1
Jose Abreu (White Sox): 8/1
Michael Brantley (Indians): 10/1

National League:

This could be the year Pittsburgh’s All-Star Andrew McCutchen takes the next step forward. However, if Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) can come back from his horrific injury, he’ll be in this conversation come September.

Andrew McCutchen (Pirates): 3/2
Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): 4/1
Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): 6/1
Buster Posey (Giants): 8/1
Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers): 10/1

 

Cy Young odds:

American League:

After losing out to Corey Kluber last year, the hard-throwing Felix Hernandez (Mariners) is out for revenge. He’ll have to trump the at times unhittable Chris Sale (White Sox), though. If Sale finds more consistency, this could be the year he brings home the hardware.

Felix Hernandez (Mariners): 2/1
Corey Kluber (Indians): 7/2
Chris Sale (White Sox): 5/1
David Price (Tigers): 7/1
Alex Cobb (Rays): 10/1

National League:

Similar to the New England Patriots winning the AFC East every year, Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and the Cy Young have become a foregone conclusion. Still, Mr. October Madison Bumgarner (Giants) is only 25 years old. The left-hander could be Kershaw’s biggest threat.

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): 1/1
Madison Bumgarner (Giants): 7/1
Johnny Cueto (Reds): 12/1
Max Scherzer (Nationals): 12/1
Stephen Strasburg (Nationals): 14/1

 

Rookie of the Year odds:

American League:

The highly-touted Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) proved he could dominate MLB hitters last year, while Cuban defector Rusney Castillo (Red Sox) is primed for a break-out season.

Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays): 5/2
Rusney Castillo (Red Sox): 3/1
Carlos Rodon (White Sox): 8/1
Francisco Lindor (Indians): 10/1
Mark Appel (Astros): 25/2

National League:

The hard-hitting Minor League Player of the Year Kris Bryant (Cubs) will be holding down the hot corner at Wrigley for a decade. Other contenders include Joc Pederson, who may force the Dodgers to make a trade in order to make space for the hot-hitting outfielder.

Kris Bryant (Cubs): 2/1
Joc Pederson (Dodgers): 4/1
Jorge Soler (Cubs): 6/1
Andrew Heaney (Marlins): 8/1
Nick Kingham (Pirates): 10/1

 

Home run leader odds

If healthy, Stanton – who is coming back from a gruesome injury after being hit in the face by a ball – could hit 40 with ease. But the beastly Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Abreu are apt to be hot on his heels.

Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): 6/1
Jose Abreu (White Sox): 7/1
Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): 7/1
Chris Carter (Astros): 10/1
Mike Trout (Angels): 12/1
Jose Bautista (Blue Jays): 14/1
Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): 14/1
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): 16/1
Chris Davis (Orioles): 16/1
Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks): 25/1

 

Think we overlooked anyone, or that someone on the above lists is being overrated? Give us your take in the comments. And don’t forget to check back in 162 games (plus one October) to see how things played out!

 

(Photo credit: Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA (Mike Trout  Uploaded by Muboshgu) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)