The popularity of betting baseball futures has skyrocketed over the last decade. With long-term bets being so fashionable these days, this gives you a wide variety of futures to wager on.
It doesn’t matter whether you bet online, in a Vegas sports book, or with a neighborhood bookmaker, you can now bet on everything from which team is going to win it all, right down to which Houston Astro will be the first to be hit by a pitch.
Speaking of the Houston “Asterisks,” the cheating scandal has been covered in every way, shape, and form. So, I am going to take a much different approach. I feel that cheating is wrong and should not be tolerated at all. The scandal and the punishment is now in the past. Having said that, this team has the talent to win the World Series and the fact that they now have the “something to prove” angle, makes them a very dangerous squad.
Now back to our topic of futures.
If I am going to lock up my money for six months, then there must be value in that investment. I see bettors out there right now putting serious money down on teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, and Astros. Yes, these are arguably the best three teams in baseball, but, at 3-1, 7-2, and 8-1, they offer no true value. You are better off betting them on a few individual games throughout the season.
I spoke to Randy Blum of the SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas earlier this week. He told me that up to this point the typical teams have gotten action on them, with one surprise. The most tickets written to win the 2020 World Series at the book is by far on the White Sox, with the Yankees and Dodgers following right behind. The current odds on Chicago is 5-1 telling me that either half of the south side visited Vegas or someone knows something that we don’t know.
The executive manager of Race and Sports went on to say that the sports book took a lot of overall action on the Twins and Mets during the offseason with the most liability coming on the Tigers with low six-figures pending. But it’s nothing that the popular sports book can’t work with as the bulk of this money was wagered by the general public.
Blum went on to say about sharp bettors and futures: “If there’s a bad number out there, the smart guys are going to let you know quickly, prompting us to move it to where the math makes sense.”
If you are looking for a sound World Series futures investment with real potential for a return, I would look at the Braves (16-1), Indians (25-1), Cardinals (30-1), Rays (25-1), Twins (16-1), A’s, (25-1) and, my personal value best bet, the Nationals (18-1).
No matter what the wager, make sure that you, the bettor, has an advantage, especially when tying up your money for a season.