Major League Baseball competition within the divisions are overwhelmingly one-sided, save the American League East, this according to the World’s Largest Race and Sportbook, Westgate. Odds to Win 2018 MLB Divisions (Feb 26).
The National League East is projected to be owned by the Washington Nationals. The Nationals check in on the SuperBook of Las Vegas divisional futures chart as 1-to-5 favorites to win the East on the Senior Circuit. Three of five NL East teams all finished with losing records in 2017 enabling the Nationals to run away and hide a season ago with a 97-75 record.
Coming off a seven-game loss in the 2017 Fall Classic, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 1-to-3 chalk to earn the National League West crown. Furthermore Major League Baseball has gone 17 consecutive seasons without a repeat champion and only three teams (2008-09 Philadelphia Phillies, 2010-11 Texas Rangers and 2014-15 Kansas City Royals) have made back-to-back World Series appearances. The Dodgers are looking for their first Fall Classic title since 1988.
As states the age old adage, the Major League Baseball rich get richer, applies to the Chicago Cubs. The Northsiders added right-handed starter Yu Darvish to arguably the Achilles of last year’s Cubbies troop, starting pitching. The Cubs are at 1-to-3 in the latest WestGate update to win the NL Central.
The reigning 2017 World Series champions, the Houston Astros, are anything but a one-hit wonder according to the SuperBook of Las Vegas. The Westgate book opened the Astros with the highest season team win total and the SuperBook has the Houston club at 1-to-5 to win the AL West.
In addition the Cleveland Indians are coming off a 102-win campaign that ended with an early October exit. The Tribe suffered a number of player personnel losses this winter (Carlos Santana along with relievers Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith). However, WestGate still believes that the Indians (1-to-6) roster the best of the best in the AL West and are expected to earn their third straight AL Central crown.
It was not that long ago that baseball pundits considered the Red Sox the future of the American League East. This was the belief with the struggles and the absence of the New York Yankees from contention within the division over the last half-decade. To begin the 2017 MLB campaign most expected the Red Sox to dominate the division and beyond. And do so with their youth and a balanced pitching staff. That supposed gap of talent between the Sox and the rest of the AL East has closed.
The Yankees have taken their minor league talent and developed them into major leaguers. Also the Bronx Bombers acquired the National League homerun king. The addition of Giancarlo Stanton has pushed the Yanks to the top of the AL East futures chart in 2018 and has done so despite the offseason losses of 2B Starlin Castro, 3B Chase Headley, RHP Michael Pineda and RHP Bryan Mitchell.
With Stanton joining fellow outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez Yankee Stadium should see its share of long-balls this season. The Yanks also re-signed veteran southpaw CC Sabathia after a solid 2017 campaign and sport one of the game’s best bullpens. The Yanks check in at 11-to-1o to win the AL East followed by the Boston Red Sox at
WestGate of Las Vegas has updated their 2018 MLB Divisional Futures:
Odds to Win 2018 MLB Divisions (Feb 26)