MLB Betting: How To Bet The World Series Champion



In this article, we’ll take a look at how to bet on MLB futures for the World Series champion. With 30 teams to choose from along with the fact that baseball tends to be one of the most unpredictable sports, it can often be a daunting challenge to try to pick the World Series champion. However, this article should serve as a guide for you to do so in the most sensible way.

Look For Value

When it comes to betting, it’s always important to understand how to bet for value and exploit this strategy. A team that has a decent shot at winning the World Series but is priced at a payout of 50:1 obviously holds a lot of value in this sense. On the other hand, a team that’s publicly favored to win the World Series will probably not hold too much value as the public sentiment will likely have driven down the payout to levels below what would be reasonable. In this regard, staying away from public darlings would be a wise decision.

Previous Year’s World Series Loser

The drive for a team who has just lost in the World Series the year before but has kept their team relatively the same or made improvements will likely put up another run during the postseason. It’s never wise to bet against the drive of a team that was so close the previous year – think of the Kansas City Royals the year following their loss to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. While teams that have lost in the World Series the prior year may not be priced to offer much value, there will be times where the oddsmakers will refuse to believe that this team is capable of winning the World Series a year later following a loss in the World Series the year before. This is where you should jump in on the bet should you believe otherwise.

Projected Performance Of Individual Players

As much as baseball is classified as a team sport, baseball comes down to a series of one-on-one matchups between the pitcher and hitter. As a result, it’s important to try to forecast the performances of individual players for the upcoming season and apply this micro analysis onto the macro level for the team as a whole. For example, in the previous year, if most of the key players on the team underperformed, this may be a sign that these players had time during the offseason to work out kinks in their game and will come back strong for the upcoming season. Additionally, a pitcher who was marred by injuries last year and has recovered properly will likely see much-improved performances for the upcoming season.

Ease Of Division

Securing a spot in the postseason is already difficult enough in baseball and what can help a team get to the postseason stage any more is an easy division. With an easy division, a team will be able to experiment with different lineups and tactics during the regular season while not having to expend a lot more effort and energy during the regular season while going through emotional rollercoasters just to get into the postseason. The postseason is obviously a completely different beast compared to the regular season but once a team is in the postseason, truly anything can happen.