The best day of the year in cities around the country fast approaches as we enter spring and the beginning of the 2017 MLB season. That day, of course, is Opening Day. The first day of the MLB season as a whole comes this weekend with a three-game slate on Sunday, April 2nd. It all starts at 1:10 PM ET with the Yankees paying a visit to the Rays, then at 4:10 PM with the Giants at the Diamondbacks and finally an 8:35 game with the Cubs at the Cardinals.
Best Betting Sites for the 2017 MLB Season
Baseball betting sites are back in action as usual with a full complement of 2017 futures, season-long props for players and teams alike, and the first run lines of the season. Welcome back, fans. It’s time to bet on baseball.
After winning their first World Series since 1908 last year, the Chicago Cubs return to the 2017 season as favourites to achieve a rare World Series repeat. Online bookmakers priced the Cubs at around 4/1 to come back and do it again with the Boson Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and LA Dodgers close behind.
Chicago’s status as 2017 MLB season betting favourites is based on more than mere hype from their historic win just a few months back. The Chicago Cubs are still really, really good. They return this year with last year’s National League MVP third baseman Kris Bryant, World Series MVP Ben Zobrist and three Cy Young candidate starting pitchers. This a deep and well-rounded team.
Even so, predicting just one team to win it all is always going to involve a little gamble this early in the season. There is still a lot of baseball to be played before we even start talking serious postseason scenarios. If you like the Cubs but aren’t quite sold on dropping a bet on them at this point, there is also the 2017 win total wager available at most betting sites.
We’ll be covering both betting markets today for every team, so read on for the latest baseball betting odds and season projections.
Odds to Win the 2017 World Series
|Boston Red Sox||6/1||6/1||13/2|
|New York Yankees||20/1||25/1||20/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||66/1||90/1||80/1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||18/1||14/1||16/1|
|Chicago White Sox||75/1||125/1||100/1|
|New York Mets||16/1||12/1||18/1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||20/1||25/1||25/1|
|San Diego Padres||150/1||225/1||200/1|
|San Francisco Giants||14/1||27/2||18/1|
Odds from US betting sites:
|Boston Red Sox||+450||+550||+500|
|New York Yankees||+2500||+2500||+1800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+10,000||+8000||+6600|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2200||+2200||+1400|
|Chicago White Sox||+10,000||+10,000||+8000|
|New York Mets||+1400||+1200||+1400|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2500||+2500||+2200|
|San Diego Padres||+15,000||+20,000||+12,500|
|San Francisco Giants||+1100||+1200||+1400|
2017 MLB Win Totals – Betting Odds and Projections
Depending on which bookmaker you check, the Cubs’ regular season win total is sitting at around 95.5 to 96.5 wins. That puts them right at the top of the pack – no surprise given what they accomplished last year and the number of core players that are set to return for the 2017 season.
Something worth noting is there seems to be a divergence in predicted win totals when you compare sabermetrics-style predictions to columnist predictions found in the news these last couple weeks.
FanGraphs.com has the Cubs winning 94 games this season while Baseball Prospectus has the Cubs winning just 92 games. Both are noteworthy projections compared to last year’s 103-win season for the Cubs.
Meanwhile, sports news organizations are sending out higher projections. USA Today Sports has pinned the 2017 Cubs as a 99-win team. Sam Gardner with Fox Sports seems to have the Cubs as a 100-win team this year. ESPN has the Cubs winning 98 games.
Random note: David Schoenfield at ESPN does offer a well thought-out argument as to why the Cubs won’t win 100 games this year.
Anyways, the point is there are different ways to look at things. Sports columnists can get it hilariously wrong (hey, they have a tough job) but so can statistics-heavy predictions systems. It’s worth looking at both points of view. And to that end, here’s a little chart I’ve compiled showing the projected win totals for every team from FanGraphs.com, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN and USA Today compared to the oddsmakers’ over/under predictions.
|Bet365 Win Total|
|Boston Red Sox||91||87||93||94||92.5|
|New York Yankees||81||82||81||80||83.5|
|Tampa Bay Rays||83||85||82||75||77.5|
|Toronto Blue Jays||86||81||87||87||85.5|
|Chicago White Sox||69||76||73||68||68.5|
|New York Mets||86||87||85||89||87.5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84||77||85||88||83.5|
|San Diego Padres||66||70||65||65||65.5|
|San Francisco Giants||87||87||88||89||87.5|