With one week in the books, the Chicago Cubs remain favored to win the 2017 World Series, currently owning the best betting odds.
According to oddsmakers, the defending champion Cubs are 4/1 favorites to repeat. The 2016 American League pennant winners the Indians, meanwhile, are 4/1, while the Red Sox are 7/1.
Continuing with the current odds, the Dodgers are 8/1 to win this year’s Fall Classic, while the Mets and Nationals are 12/1, respectively. The Astros are off to a nice start in 2017 and are 14/1 to win, while the Giants are 20/1. The Blue Jays are 25/1, while the Orioles, Yankees and Rangers are 30/1, respectively.
Multiple teams have 35/1 odds to win the World Series, including the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Tigers and Cardinals. The Angels, meanwhile, are 40/1, as are the Mariners and Rays, while the Royals, Marlins and Pirates are 50/1, respectively. The Twins are the only team with 100/1 odds.
Other long shots including the Phillies at 120/1 and the A’s at 130/1. The rebuilding White Sox and Reds are 180/1, respectively, while the Braves and Padres are 200/1. The Brewers currently have the longest odds to win the World Series at 300/1.
It’s no secret why the Cubs are once again favored to win the 2017 World Series. Not only are they the defending champs, they’re also loaded from top to bottom. 2016 MVP Kris Bryant is back, as are Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber (who is healthy after missing most of last season). Javy Baez, Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras all return as well.
Position player talent isn’t the only thing the Cubs possess either. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey comprise an excellent pitching staff. Even though the team lost closer Aroldis Chapman, they landed Wade Davis to take his spot.