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With only two weeks left in the regular season, we’re checking our strength ratings. As usual, we compare How do you rank these differences? Then compare them to their chances of winning the world championship on the sportsbook. Let’s take a peek!
Los Angeles Dodgers
Strength arrangement: 1st (last week: 1st)
World Championships Probabilities: +360
It will be tough to keep the Dodgers off the top spot in the powerhouse rankings for the remainder of the season. It’s the fastest team to achieve 100 wins since 2001 and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. The Dodgers have 17 games left and they don’t have a very tough schedule to contend with. Of the remaining games, 11 are against under-0.500 teams, which includes six against the Rockies and five against linebackers D. The Dodgers celebrated in the Western National League, entering 45-16 on Sunday. This is also one of the biggest reasons the Dodgers actually booked the playoffs and division spot.
As it currently stands, the Dodgers have the best overall odds of winning it all at +360. Next in line will be the Astros at +425, which we’ll talk about in a bit. I have no qualms about taking the Dodgers at that number, because soon enough we can see that shift as we get closer to the playoffs. The Dodgers will face the winner of the Wild Card series of 4 and 5 seeds, which currently stands as Braves and Padres. If the Dodgers had to face Padres, they would face a team they went 12-4 against this season. That is, of course, if the Padres can somehow unseat the brave, which would be no small task. Either way, the Dodgers should be seen as the favourite, the odds are.
Strength arrangement: 2nd (last week: 2nd)
World Championships Probabilities: +425
The MLS superstar continues to be the Astros, as they continue to clinch wins in the Western Conference. After winning the Athletics Championships for the 12th time this season, the Astros are now four wins away from reaching a 100-win plateau. The spin got a boost too, with Justin Verlander returning from a brief absence with a calf injury. It’s almost as if he never left the field, as the 39-year-old has been in post-season condition. He threw five no-strokes by nine in what would be a 5-0 win over the Stros. Getting Verlander back and healthy is a huge advantage for this spin once they enter the post-season. The combination of Verlander, Lance McCullers, Jr., Frumber Valdez and Jose Urquidi will be tough for the team to contend with. The Astros rotation has the lowest ERA in the MLS at 3.04 to go with 3.49 FIP and 16.5 war. If any team in the MLS can eliminate the Dodgers, then this Astros are ready to do so.
Strength arrangement: 4th (last 3rd week)
World Championships Probabilities: +800
The Braves remain one of my best long shots to win the World Championship. At the current 8-1 price, they are a much better team than these odds show. This lineup is pretty scary from top to bottom and they’ve got productions from just about everywhere. I mean, when you have the potential seventh year rookie candidate, you know things are going well.
During the second half of the season, the Braves cut 0.261/.326/.422 with 71 starting points, 258 RBI, 270 points scored and 27 base steals. They are in the top five in nearly every offensive class as well as having one of the best courses and revolutions. Their Bulls were one of only two during the second half averaging more than 10 strokes per nine innings, well behind the Astros. If this team gets hot, it will be nearly impossible to beat, even with some heavy hitters they will have to face. If you’re looking for a team at longer odds, the guys in Atlanta fit the bill.
Strength arrangement: Ninth (last seventh week)
World Championships Probabilities: +2500
The Mariners haven’t locked up a place in a playoff game yet, but they’re on edge. FanGraphs has its current odds of making the playoffs at 98.9%, so yes, I’d say it’s pretty good. What’s so cool about NBA Wild Card is that Rays, Blue Jays, and Mariners are constantly flipping their prose. As of Sunday night, the Blue Jays hold first place, followed by the Rays and then the Mariners. The Mariners did themselves no favors by losing all three games this weekend, so the best case scenario for them may be for them to end up in the last wild card spot.
If the Mariners finish in last place for a wild card, they will have an easier game against the Guardians. Don’t get me wrong, this Guardians team has defied all expectations and looks set to win the MLS Central. However, if I choose between Guardians, Blue Jays, or Rays as my first opponent, Guardians will be the preferred opponent. The winner of that series will face the Yankees, unless they hold on to the Eastern League. The Guardians ranked 19th in the number of rounds recorded and 21st in wOBA during the second half. The show was great but the discrepancy in the painting was their weakness. A strong club like the Mariners can take advantage of that. At odds of 25-1, it would be wise for the sailors to try to grab that last seed, as the path to a chance at the World Championships could be shaped in this way.
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