I am in the last stages of handicapping my baseball playoff picks and thought I would share them out. The 2017 Major League Baseball season has been a good one and a lot of teams have really had a roller coaster type of year. Other teams, like the Houston Astros, have been league leaders pretty much since the start and are dominant favorites heading into the playoffs.
As such, baseball playoff picks are often a combination of team form as well as betting your gut intuition. Do the New York Yankees have the right stuff? Or was their Wild Card win going to be the highlight of their playoffs? Let’s take a look at some numbers and see if we can determine the front runners and the surprises.
Baseball Playoff Picks – American League Betting Tips
The American League is a real mixed bag this year, particularly with the explosive way that the Cleveland Indians closed out the year. The Boston Red Sox had a solid year from the beginning, as did the New York Yankees who despite some inconsistency made it through the Wild Card round as I predicted.
The class of the American League however are the Houston Astros who posted a sterling 101-61 record this year. Although the Indians ended up with 102 games in the win column as a result of a lava hot September, the Astros were great from beginning to end. The Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs as -128 favorites with the Over Under at 7.0.
Regardless of who you like, I suspect that making smart baseball playoff picks will mean betting the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros to be in the AL Finals- although it is the playoffs so you never know! Below are the odds to win the American League Pennant:
- Cleveland Indians +160
- Houston Astros +240
- Boston Red Sox +350
- New York Yankees +400
I think at the very least the Astros will get by the Sox, while the Indians and the Yankees could be a little closer I suspect. I sense a little bit of an upset potential there so will probably bet that series game by game.
MLB Playoff Lines – National League Odds
The National League was a revelation this year with some fantastic baseball taking place. The Los Angeles Dodgers posted the best record in baseball with 104 wins to 58 losses. The Dodgers were solid until the end of the year when they hit a bit of a losing streak but it didn’t seem to matter. The Washington Nationals and defending champion Chicago Cubs rounded out the remaining teams that won their way into the playoffs. Both squads are battling some injuries however so I am watching them closely.
The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the midst of fighting it out for the NL Wild Card spot as we speak. I don’t really fancy either of their chances to go deep although they are both solid squads. Take a look at the odds to win the National League Pennant below:
- Los Angeles Dodgers +130
- Washington Nationals +300
- Chicago Cubs +325
- Arizona Diamondbacks +650
- Colorado Rockies +1200
At the end of the day I think it is going to be hard to beat the Dodgers. With phenomenal pitching, and a +194 run differential, LA is one of my baseball playoff picks for sure. Either way, crack a cold one and ready the kettle corn- it is going to be a heck of a ride!
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