Spring training offers a fresh start, a clean slate for all 30 MLB teams. The optimism that runs throughout camps is infectious, hitting a team's respective fanbase as everyone counts down the days to Opening Day.
Depending on where your rooting interest lies, what follows could make you stop counting altogether.
What follows is a look around baseball at the odds for every team to make an apperance in the 2016 World Series. These odds are based largely on two things:
- A team's 2015 record
- What improvements—if any—a team made during the offseason
With a number of National League clubs embarking on—or in the midst of—a rebuilding process, you'll find a number of them clumped together at the top and bottom of our list. As for those teams in the middle, well, that's probably not the place you want to be.
Or maybe it is. We need only look back to last season, when the Kansas City Royals, a team projected by some to finish the season under .500, won it all.
Teams are listed in order of our odds, while Vegas odds, which are provided for comparison, come courtesy of OddsShark.com.