The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball right now, riding a six-game winning streak to an MLB-best 61-29 record at the All-Star break.
The Dodgers have also gone an impressive 26-4 in their last 30 games, and they have become the +350 favorites (bet $100 to win $350) in the 2017 World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Los Angeles has caught fire at the perfect time, sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in key three-game series during the remarkable run to take a 7.5-game lead in the National League West. Led by three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 2.18 ERA) and young infielders Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers appear poised to win their 22nd pennant this season.
Los Angeles' top competition in the NL looks to be the Washington Nationals (52-36), with the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs (43-45) floundering under the .500 mark and sitting in second place in the NL Central.
The Nationals lost to the Dodgers in last year’s NL Division Series before Los Angeles fell to the Cubs in the NLCS, but this could be the year they finally break through.
Washington is listed at +700 to win the World Series, and Chicago is right behind at +800. The Cubs trail the Milwaukee Brewers (+2500) by 5.5 games for the division lead, although they figure to make some deals prior to the trade deadline to improve their chances. Starting pitching is Chicago’s biggest need going into the second half.
In the American League, the Houston Astros (60-29) continue to be the team to beat. The Astros are the +425 second choice to win the World Series and rank second in MLB run differential (plus-162), just one run behind the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks (+1600) are the only other team in baseball with a run differential over 100.
However, the New York Yankees (45-41) are close at plus-98, and they are still chasing the Boston Red Sox (50-39) for the AL East lead.
The Yankees are +1400 to win the World Series at online betting sites and might have the best player in baseball this year in rookie Aaron Judge, but they will need better pitching to catch the division-leading Red Sox (+600). The defending AL champion Cleveland Indians (47-40) also remain in the mix at +800.
With a chance to rest up during the All-Star break, it will be interesting to see how the odds shape up as these teams push toward the home stretch of the season.