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World Series 2018 odds: Dodgers, Yankees, Astros headline the early betting favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros are early favorites on the odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to the futures at the sportsbooks.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers finished with the best regular-season record in 2017 at 104-58 and fell one game short of winning the World Series. The Dodgers will try to seal the deal this year as the favorites to win the championship in 2018.

Los Angeles is a +500 favorite on the odds to win the 2018 World Series at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Coming off such a strong season in 2017, the Dodgers have opted for a quiet offseason, leaving themselves the financial freedom to make moves at the deadline or to make a splash next offseason if necessary.

While the Chicago Cubs (+750 to win the World Series) and Washington Nationals (+800) could get in Los Angeles’ way in the National League, the Dodgers’ path to the World Series looks a lot clearer than the one involving the big guns in the American League.

The New York Yankees (+550) made the biggest splash of the offseason in trading for Miami Marlins mega-slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees were already coming off an impressive year in which young players took big strides to help New York advance into the postseason and upset the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. Adding one of the biggest bats in baseball to that core arguably makes this the team to beat in 2018.

Of course, the Yankees will have to get through the defending champion Houston Astros (+550), who went 101-61 during the regular season last year, and the Indians (+850), who finished with the American League’s best record of 102-60 last season.

And it may also be premature to write off the Boston Red Sox (+1400), who bolstered their own roster with the signing of slugger J.D. Martinez this week. All four of these teams had a legitimate shot at winning the championship last year, and 2018 should be another battle.

Other potential contenders to win the World Series in 2018 include the San Francisco Giants (+2000), St. Louis Cardinals (+2000), Arizona Diamondbacks (+2500), Los Angeles Angels (+2800) and New York Mets (+2800). The Angels saw a sharp bump in their odds after signing Shohei Otani, an elite Japanese prospect being hailed as the “Japanese Babe Ruth”.

2018 World Series Betting Odds

Los Angeles Dodgers +500

New York Yankees +550

Houston Astros +550

Chicago Cubs +750

Washington Nationals +800

Cleveland Indians +850

Boston Red Sox +1400

San Francisco Giants +2000

St. Louis Cardinals +2000

Arizona Diamondbacks +2500

Los Angeles Angels +2800

New York Mets +2800

See the complete list at OddsShark

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