MLB 2016 Odds – World Series, Awards, & Player Props

The first month of the baseball season is a funny thing. In some cases, April statistics are a clear indicator of summer-long success. Other times, the early season numbers are outliers which baffle bettors and confuse fantasy owners for months. It’s a difficult exercise to put proper emphasis on such a small sample size.

Below is a list of odds for the entire season, but first, let’s breakdown some of the red-hot and ice-cold starts.

The Chicago Cubs may be playing a little over their heads but their great start is certainly legit. They’ll win a lot of games by taking advantage of a National League which has several terrible teams. This lineup is loaded and has the ability to consistently dominate average pitching. The Cubs have deficiencies but they’re unlikely to show until October when they face excellent pitching for an entire postseason series. How many regular season games will the Cubs win? Hmm, let’s address that in a minute.

The Houston Astros have spent the first month of the season auditioning as the Bad News Bears. My preseason World Series pick is off to a disastrous start. Can the Stros recover? Of course they can, but there are some serious issues which need to be corrected immediately. Most notably, the starting pitching has to get deeper into games and take pressure off of a thin bullpen. Houston has a lot of tremendous individual and won’t be this bad all year, but will they win enough games to make the playoffs?

Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers is quickly becoming one of the biggest stories in baseball. The dominant performances of the Japanese right-hander have set off Maeda Mania in Los Angeles. Maeda has been nearly perfect, so we know he won’t continue at that pace; no one does. However, he could still be an outstanding no. 2 pitcher in the L.A. rotation, which would make the Dodgers an N.L. contender.

2016 MLB Odds and Props:

Odds to win the 2016 World Series:

Washington Nationals: 7/1
Chicago Cubs: 8/1
New York Mets: 10/1
Kansas City Royals: 12/1
Houston Astros: 14/1
Texas Rangers: 16/1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 18/1
San Francisco Giants: 18/1
Los Angeles Dodgers: 20/1
Toronto Blue Jays: 20/1
St. Louis Cardinals: 25/1
Baltimore Orioles: 25/1
Boston Red Sox: 30/1
Chicago White Sox: 40/1
Cleveland Indians: 40/1
Seattle Mariners: 40/1
Detroit Tigers: 75/1
New York Yankees: 75/1
Arizona Diamondbacks: 80/1
Florida Marlins: 100/1
Minnesota Twins: 100/1
Tampa Rays: 100/1
Los Angeles Angels: 125/1
Oakland A’s: 150/1
Cincinnati Reds: 175/1
Colorado Rockies: 175/1
Milwaukee Brewers: 200/1
San Diego Padres: 200/1
Philadelphia Phillies: 300/1
Atlanta Braves: 500/1

Odds to win American League MVP:

Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays): 6/1
Manny Machado (Orioles): 7/1
Mike Trout (Angels): 8/1
Jose Altuve (Astros): 9/1
Carlos Correa (Astros): 12/1

Odds to win National League MVP:

Bryce Harper (Nationals): 7/2
Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): 8/1
Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks): 9/1
Kris Bryant (Cubs): 11/1
Andrew McCutchen (Pirates): 12/1

Odds to win American League Cy Young:

Chris Sale (White Sox): 3/1
Taijuan Walker (Mariners): 10/1
Felix Hernandez (Mariners): 12/1
Dallas Keuchel (Astros): 12/1
Jordan Zimmerman (Tigers): 14/1

Odds to win National League Cy Young:

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): 7/2
Jake Arrieta (Cubs): 4/1
Noah Syndergaard (Mets): 6/1
Stephen Strasburg (Nationals): 10/1
Kenta Maeda (Dodgers): 12/1

Odds to lead MLB in home runs:

Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): 5/1
Bryce Harper (Nationals): 6/1
Nolan Arenado (Rockies): 8/1
Chris Davis (Orioles): 8/1
Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays): 10/1

Odds to be the first manager fired:

Fredi Gonzalez (Braves): 3/2
Bob Melvin (Athletics): 7/1
Walt Weiss (Rockies): 7/1
Bryan Price (Reds): 8/1
A.J. Hinch (Astros): 10/1

Over/under on Cubs’ regular season win total:

101.5

Odds the Houston Astros make the playoffs:

Yes: 5/7
No: 7/5

Odds Kenta Maeda wins 20 games:

Yes: 9/2
No: 2/9

Over/under on Kenta Maeda regular season ERA:

3.11

 

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