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Odds to win the 2017 World Series
By: Brad Kallet - StatFox
Published: 2/7/2017  at  3:30:00 AM
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Chicago Cubs: 7-to-2
Cleveland Indians: 10-to-1
Boston Red Sox: 12-to-1
Los Angeles Dodgers: 12-to-1
Washington Nationals: 12-to-1
Houston Astros: 15-to-1
New York Mets: 15-to-1
Toronto Blue Jays: 18-to-1
New York Yankees: 20-to-1
San Francisco Giants: 20-to-1
Texas Rangers: 20-to-1
Baltimore Orioles: 25-to-1
Detroit Tigers: 25-to-1
St. Louis Cardinals: 25-to-1
Kansas City Royals: 30-to-1
Seattle Mariners: 30-to-1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 40-to-1
Chicago White Sox: 45-to-1
Miami Marlins: 50-to-1
Colorado Rockies: 70-to-1
Tampa Bay Rays: 70-to-1
Arizona Diamondbacks: 115-to-1
Atlanta Braves: 115-to-1
Cincinnati Reds: 115-to-1
Los Angeles Angels: 115-to-1
Milwaukee Brewers: 115-to-1
Minnesota Twins: 115-to-1
Oakland Athletics: 115-to-1
Philadelphia Phillies: 115-to-1
San Diego Padres: 115-to-1

The Cubs ended their 108-year drought in 2016, defeating the Indians in one of the greatest World Series in recent memory. Those two clubs are favored to get back to the Fall Classic in 2017, but they’ll have plenty of competition come April. Here are a few other teams to pay close attention to:

Boston Red Sox - The Red Sox (93-69) made the splash of the offseason, acquiring left-handed ace Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA) from the White Sox. Boston lost DH David Ortiz (.315, 38 HR, 127 RBI), who retired after the season. But even though Dave Dombrowski didn't replace him with a big bat, Boston has an incredibly talented position-player core led by RF Mookie Betts (.318, 31 HR, 113 RBI, 26 SB), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21 HR, 89 RBI) and CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26 HR, 87 RBI). 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI) and 1B Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30 HR, 111 RBI) are still very dangerous, too. The Blue Jays and Orioles are expected to drop off a bit, so Boston should cruise to another American League East title. With more experience under their belt, the Sox will likely make more noise in the playoffs after getting swept by the Indians in the 2016 ALDS.

St. Louis Cardinals - The Cardinals (86-76) missed the postseason by one game, but it wouldn’t be wise to bet against this organization—one of the steadiest in the sport—missing the playoffs a second consecutive time. Don’t expect them to contend for the division title—the Cubs are just too good—but they’ll be in the mix for a wild-card berth again. St. Louis scored the third-most runs (779) in the National League, and C Yadier Molina (.307, 8 HR, 58 RBI), RF Stephen Piscotty (.273, 22 HR, 85 RBI) and 1B Matt Carpenter (.271, 21 HR, 68 RBI) will be back. The Cardinals made a splash by adding CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13 HR, 48 RBI), and look for SS Aledmys Diaz (.300, 17 HR, 65 RBI) to build on his successful rookie season. As for the pitching staff, can SP Adam Wainwright (13-9, 4.62 ERA) bounce back after a down year, or are his best days behind him?

New York Mets - The elephant in the room was LF Yoenis Cespedes (.280, 31 HR, 86 RBI), but the Mets (87-75) re-signed him to a four-year, $110 million deal early in the offseason. This team should be very dangerous; it made the playoffs despite injuries to starting pitchers Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.86 ERA), Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40 ERA) and Jacob deGrom (7-8, 3.04 ERA). They’re all expected to be healthy, and behind ace Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA)—and with RHP Zack Wheeler, who didn’t pitch in 2016—this team could be nearly impossible to score on. The club will likely blow more close games than it did in 2016, as closer Jeurys Familia’s (2.55 ERA, 51 SV, 5 BLSV) status is uncertain because of his domestic-violence arrest. But the Mets should score a healthy number of runs with Cespedes, 1B Lucas Duda (.229, 7 HR, 23 RBI), 2B Neil Walker (.282, 23 HR, 55 RBI), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.280, 23 HR, 62 RBI), 3B Jose Reyes (.267, 8 HR, 24 RBI), CF/RF Curtis Granderson (.237, 30 HR, 59 RBI) and RF Jay Bruce (.250, 33 HR, 99 RBI) in the lineup.

Arizona Diamondbacks - The D-backs (69-93) are 115-to-1 odds to win the World Series, which isn’t exactly surprising: Arizona was 24 games under .500 in 2016 and finished 22 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Even though the playoffs are a long shot, they’re not out of the question. New manager Torey Lovullo has plenty of offensive talent in 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24 HR, 95 RBI), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 29 HR, 91 RBI), RF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31 HR, 83 RBI) and CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 GP). If RHP Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), LHP Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90 ERA) and RHP Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15 ERA) pitch to their potential—they’ll need to be a lot better—this team could quietly contend in the National League West. The starting rotation will also get a boost from RHP Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22 ERA), who was acquired in a deal that sent NL hits leader Jean Segura (.319, 20 HR, 64 RBI) to the Mariners.

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