Entering the 2016 MLB betting season, the top sportsbooks had the Chicago Cubs pegged as the favorites to win this year’s World Series. Several months down the line, the Cubs have failed to disappoint and are on their way to proving several preseason predictions true. Coming into the season, there were plenty of reasons to jump onto the Cubs bandwagon, but seeing Chicago pull through is still a momentous occasion. After all, the last time the Cubs made the World Series was back in 1945, and the last time they won it was in 1908. You know, the year of the Tunguska event. So to say that the city of Chicago is ecstatic would be an understatement, especially when considering the horrors they’ve had to endure at the hands of the city’s NFL team.
Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2016 World Series, the first time since 1997 in which Cleveland MLB betting fans will be able to wager money on the Indians. Here it is:
October 25, NL Champion at Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field
October 26, NL Champion at Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field
October 28, Cleveland Indians at NL Champion, to be determined
The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets provide a taste of postseason MLB betting before the 2016 playoffs come into effect in full force. Both clubs finished the regular season with an identical 87-75 record, but the Mets were accorded home field advantage by virtue of winning their individual series against the Giants 4-3. These are the odds for the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, October 5th at Citi Field, for the benefit of fans who bet on MLB:
Giants -1½ (+160) 6 (+105) -116
Mets +1½ (-185) 6 (-125) +106
On August 12th, 2016 MLB betting fans saw the last of Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez. Why is A-Rod not getting a season-long victory lap like David Ortiz? There is one very important reason for that; people actually like Big Papi. And that’s a good thing; more power to him. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that being disliked, or even hated, as Rodriguez is, is actually a bad thing, especially in sports. Everybody rants and raves about sports heroes. Michael Jordan is a sports hero. Jackie Robinson broke barriers. Muhammad Ali is a role model.
It’s been only about a week and half since the MLB All Star game, but in a league in which so much can change from day to the next – just ask baseball betting bookies – every game; every win and every loss count. Having said that, let’s take a look at how those teams that have the best chances to make it to the World Series have been doing since returning from the All Star break (stats current as of July, 22nd).