THEY couldn’t quite make fiction a reality in 2015, but the Chicago Cubs are the favourite to win the World Series a year later than predicted in the classic sci fi movie Back to the Future II.
It wasn’t life imitating art, but our friends at Bovada.lv have the Cubs at +500 to win the World Series, after they made it all the way to the National League Championships last year.
The youngest side in the Major Leagues, the Cubs have added stars Ben Zobrist, John lackey and Jason Hayward to an already impressive cast, led by NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.
Almost unbeatable at home and possessing perhaps the deepest roster in baseball, the Cubs are set to go a long way in 2016.
But it’s a long season and they haven’t got their mitts on the prize just yet.
The San Francisco Giants are always in the money and they are a +800 second favourite to win it all.
There’s a bit of mysticism to this as well.
The Giants have won every second title for the past six years and, guess what? This is the second year again.
They have spent big in the off season and any team that boasts Madison Bumgarner on the mound is always in with a chance.
The Toronto Blue Jays are next in line at +1000, with last year’s vanquished New York Mets two points back at +1200, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers. There has been no love for last season’s winner and reigning champion Kansas City, the Royals out to +1400, sharing the same line as the Boston Red Sox.
2016 MLB World Series market:
San Francisco Giants +800
Toronto Blue Jays +1000
New York Mets +1200
Los Angeles Dodgers +1200
Boston Red Sox +1400
Kansas City Royals +1400
Houston Astros +1600
Washington Nationals +1800
St. Louis Cardinals +1800
Cleveland Indians +1800
Detroit Tigers +2000
Pittsburgh Pirates +2000
Texas Rangers +2500
New York Yankees +2500
Arizona Diamondbacks +2500
Chicago White Sox +3300
Seattle Mariners +4000
Los Angeles Angels +4000
Baltimore Orioles +4000
Tampa Bay Rays +4000
Minnesota Twins +5000
Miami Marlins +5000
Oakland Athletics +6600
San Diego Padres +12500
Milwaukee Brewers +12500
Cincinnati Reds +12500
Philadelphia Phillies +15000
Atlanta Braves +15000
Colorado Rockies +15000
Odds provided by bovada.lv
Nothing fishy about Trout’s 2016 American League Most Valuable Player odds
The Millville Meteor, Mike Trout is the best player in the Major League and it comes as no surprise to find him at the top of the punters pecking order when it comes to the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player odds.
Trout is a very skinny +150, but there is a very good reason for that. In his four seasons in the majors, the Los Angeles Angels superstar has never finished outside the top two in voting, winning the award once.
The guy just does it all and is a favourite of both the fans and MVP voters alike.
Pipped by the Toronto Blue Jays star slugger Josh Donaldson (the +450 second favourite to go back to back), Trout will be looking for a little revenge.
Despite the fact Miguel Cabrera went back to back in 2012-13, Donaldson has history against him, with the last back to back winner before the Detroit star all the way back in 1993-94.
Cabrera is still much loved in the MVP market, as shown by his billing on the fourth line of betting at +800, behind Baltimore gun Manny Machado (+550). Boston’s Mookie Betts is the only other player in the short money at +900.
Looking down the board for a smokey, it’s hard to go past reigning AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa. With 22 home runs in his first effort at the plate for the Houston Astros, Correa has a bright future ahead of him and should take the next step in his sophomore season. At +1400, he provides some nice bang for your buck, but perhaps not as nice as the Chicago White Sox new signing Todd Frazier at +4000.
The former Cincinnati slugger has improved his home run output in each of his five seasons, leading to a career best 35 last year and he joins a solid line up that will give him every opportunity to shine.
2016 American League Most Valuable Player market:
Mike Trout (LAA) +150
Manny Machado (BAL) +550
Miguel Cabrera (DET) +800
Mookie Betts (BOS) +900
Carlos Correa (HOU) +1400
Jose Bautista (TOR) +2500
Lorenzo Cain (KC) +2500
Jose Altuve (HOU) +2500
Jose Abreu (CWS) +2500
Justin Upton (DET) +3300
Chris Davis (BAL) +3300
Adrian Beltre (TEX) +3300
J.D. Martinez (DET) +3300
Todd Frazier (CWS) +4000
Robinson Cano (SEA) +4000
Alex Gordon (KC) +5000
Nelson Cruz (SEA) +5000
Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) +5000
The Bryce is right in the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player market
Can reigning National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper get any better?
At age just 22 and coming of a remarkable season where he slammed 42 home runs, whacked 99 runs, all on the princely numbers of .330/.460/.649, you would have to say the answer is yes.
Harper is the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to be selected as a unanimous winner of the MVP, securing all 30 votes, and that is the very good reason why he is the +200 favourite to go back to back. This time last year, he was +1600 to win the MVP, so the hunter has now become the hunted.
He would join some illustrious company, with former St Louis Cardinals Star Albert Pujols the last man to win consecutive awards in 2008 and 2009.
But he has some very stiff competition.
Behind him, the battle for second favourite is very tight.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt occupy that line of betting at +500
Paul Goldschmidt, with Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton a point and a half further back at +650. Chicago Cubs third baseman Bryant is the only other in the short money at +900.
Outside of that crew, Bryant’s gun team mate Rizzo looks real value at +1200. A key player for the World Series favourite Cubs, Rizzo whacked 31 home runs last season while logging a list of personal best statistics as long as your arm. At just 26, he is about to hit his prime and is a leader of the youthful Cubs line up.
One of those players who just gets better with age, expect him to put up some gaudy numbers in 2016 as the Cubs enter their quest for World Series glory.
While Goldschmidt is the popular pick for the revamped Diamondbacks, one guy who could benefit from the additions of Miller and Greinke is AJ Pollock.
The do it all attacker was there abouts in last year’s voting and a big year from him could see him win the NL MVP and power the Diamondbacks to something special.
2016 National League Most Valuable Player market
Bryce Harper (WSH) +200
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) +500
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) +650
Kris Bryant (CHC) +900
Buster Posey (SC) +1200
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +1200
Joey Votto (CIN) +2000
Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) +2000
Nolan Arenado (COL) +2000
Jason Heyward (CHC) +3300
Yasiel Puig (LAD) +4000
A.J. Pollock (ARI) +4000
Starling Marte (PIT) +4000
Anthony Rendon (WSH) +5000
Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) +5000