Taking my shot at MLB Season Win Totals

Feb 27, 2018 3:00 AM
As spring arrives that means the baseball season isn’t far off. The men of summer have started their exhibition games and that means it’s time to take a look at betting opportunities in total wins for the season.
Today I’ll take a look at some of those plays and which totals I will be betting.
First, here are the current total wins posted for each team.
American League East   National League East
New York Yankees  93.5   Washington Nationals 91.5
Boston Red Sox 91.5   New York Mets 80.5
Toronto Blue Jays 81.5   Philadelphia Phillies 74.5
Baltimore Orioles 77.5   Atlanta Braves 73.5
Tampa Bay Rays 76.5   Miami Marlins 64.5
American League Central   National League Central
Cleveland Indians 93.5   Chicago Cubs 93.5
Minnesota Twins 82.5   St. Louis Cardinals 84.5
Kansas City Royals 76.5   Milwaukee Brewers 81.5
Chicago White Sox 68.5   Pittsburgh Pirates 76.5
Detroit Tigers 68.5   Cincinnati Reds 71.5
American League West   National League West
Houston Astros 96.5   Los Angeles Dodgers 95.5
Los Angeles Angels 84.5   Arizona Diamondbacks 86.5
Seattle Mariners 81.5   Colorado Rockies 82.5
Texas Rangers 78.5   San Francisco Giants 81.5
Oakland Athletics 74.5   San Diego Padres 69.5
Here are the plays I have made so far.
Detroit: Take UNDER 68.5 wins. The Tigers are in a rebuilding year. They won 64 games last season and I don’t see them nearly as good this year.
Pittsburgh: Take UNDER 76.5. The loss of quality players like Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen means dumping big salaries for younger prospects. This will take time to develop and I don’t see them eclipsing this total.
Milwaukee: Take OVER 81.5. The Brew Crew will be looking to take a bite out of their rivals, the Chicago Cubs. They have added some new pieces and will be looking for more in the free agent market.
Washington: Take OVER 91.5. I don’t see any decline from their 97 wins last year. The bullpen was the only reason they didn’t make 100 wins in 2017. I look for them to add a free agent arm to that bullpen and boost their one weak spot.
And, if you are looking for some World Series action, here are the current odds to win the 2018 World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers +500; New York Yankees +550; Houston Astros +550; Chicago Cubs +750; Washington Nationals +800; Cleveland Indians +850.
Boston Red Sox +1200; San Francisco Giants +2000; St. Louis Cardinals +2000; Arizona Diamondbacks +2500; Los Angeles Angels +2800; New York Mets +2800.
Milwaukee Brewers +3300; Minnesota Twins +4000; Seattle Mariners +4000; Toronto Blue Jays +4000; Colorado Rockies +4000; Tampa Bay Rays +10000.
Texas Rangers +10000; Baltimore Orioles +10000; Pittsburgh Pirates +10000; Philadelphia Phillies +10000; Chicago White Sox +15000; Atlanta Braves+ 15000.
Kansas City Royals +15000; Oakland Athletics +15000; San Diego Padres +15000; Cincinnati Reds +20000; Detroit Tigers +30000; Miami Marlins +50000.