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We all know who the top dogs in the league are. Or at least we thought we did coming into MLB opening day. But then the Red Sox went ahead and shocked us all by getting clobbered by the Mariners in their season opener.
Still, that's game 1 of 162, and, despite that loss, their odds to win the World Series haven't changed. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Yankees, Red Sox, and the Astros still lead the MLB in odds to win the World Series.
Boston coming up short of the best odds probably has to do with the departure of Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly, which will hurt their bullpen. The Yankees did take the top spot with some big additions like Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. Lemahieu, but injuries might drag them down. Didi Gregorius is out for a few months, Aaron Hicks missed Opening Day, Dellin Betances has an arm issue, and Luis Severino is out until May.
The Astros are intriguing with Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, and the rest of their core returning healthy for this season. Amongst the favorites are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won two-straight NL titles, the Cleveland Indians, the Bryce Harper-led Philadelphia Phillies, and the Chicago Cubs.
We all know the favorites, but how about a couple of dark horses who are expected to finish at the bottom of their division?
The Pirates have some firepower, the White Sox are young with a ton of high-ceiling players, the Padres have Manny Machado entering the situation, and let's not forget about the $426-million dollar man, Mike Trout.
It's going to be a long season, so buckle up, and ride your favorite to the promised land.
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