• Updated 2018 World Series odds for all 30 teams.
  • Graphs show the highs and lows of the 162-game season for each team.
  • Isolate individual teams, or compare their odds to other teams trending in the same direction.
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A 162-game season may not be the best strategy for ensuring sellouts, but it does guarantee each and every team will enjoy some highs and suffer through some lows. Even the 101-win, World Series-champion Houston Astros of 2017 had a stretch where they lost 11 of 14. The MLB season is a rollercoaster ride for even the best (and worst) teams.

The graphs below, which track the 2018 World Series odds for all 30 teams in the majors, are generated by averaging the odds from multiple sources. The graphs are updated bimonthly (at minimum) over the course of the season. You can view each team’s odds in isolation or alongside similar teams.

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MLB Top Contenders

The freefalling Dodgers and hard-luck Indians were bumped from our list of Top 5 MLB Contenders on May 24th. Taking their place are the Red Sox and the Nationals. The division-leading Brewers and Braves also joined the party during the same update in our Top 7 and Top 10 lists as they continue to exceed expectations.

Every Major League team enters the season with the hope of winning the World Series, but only one squad can ultimately come out on top. Here are the seven MLB franchises that are still waiting to win their very first title.

Team Inception World Series Appearances
Washington Nationals 2005 0
Tampa Bay Rays 1998 0
Colorado Rockies 1993 1
Seattle Mariners 1977 0
Texas Rangers 1972 2
Milwaukee Brewers 1970 1
San Diego Padres 1969 2

 

2017 AL Playoff Teams

The Minnesota Twins defied the odds in 2017 when they became the first team in Major League history to make the playoffs after losing 100 games the previous season. They have an excellent chance of sneaking back again in 2018 after bolstering their rotation by signing veteran starters Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi.

 

2017 NL Playoff Teams

The Dodgers had a season for the ages in 2017 when they put together the best 50 game stretch in 100 years and won a franchise-best 104 games. Sweet-hitting outfielder Cody Bellinger was named NL Rookie of the Year, closer Kenley Jensen was named NL Reliever of the Year, and shortstop Corey Seager won his second Silver Slugger Award.

The Dodgers have an excellent shot at winning the pennant again in 2018, but they’ll have to do so without Seager, as the 24-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in May.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE 

 

AL East World Series Odds

The Yankees could be facing a familiar foe if they advance to the World Series in 2018. The Bronx Bombers have played the Dodgers 11 times in October, winning eight of those matchups.

Teams Number of Head-to-Head World Series Matchups
Yankees and Dodgers 11
Yankees and Giants 7
Yankees and Cardinals 5
Yankees and Braves 4
Cardinals and Red Sox 4
Cub vs Tigers 4
A’s and Giants 4

 

AL Central World Series Odds

The Cleveland Indians have dominated the AL Central since it’s inception in 1994, winning nine division titles. Their most recent title came in 2017 when they won an AL-best 102 games.

Team AL Central Titles Last WS Championship Last WS Appearance
Cleveland Indians 9 1948 2016
Minnesota Twins 6 1991 1991
Detroit Tigers 4 1984 2012
Chicago White Sox 3 2005 2005
Kansas City Royals 1 2015 2015

 

AL West World Series Odds

No one expected the Rangers to be world beaters entering the 2018 season, but Texas has performed far worse than even its harshest critics could have anticipated. The team’s long odds got even longer on April 12th when All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus went down with a broken elbow.

Team AL West Titles Last WS Championship Last WS Appearance
Houston Astros 1 2017 2017
Los Angeles Angels 9 2002 2002
Oakland Athletics 16 1989 1990
Seattle Mariners 3 N/A N/A
Texas Rangers 7 N/A 2011

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

 

NL East World Series Odds

No team experienced a more precipitous fall from grace during the offseason than the Marlins, whose average World Series odds plummeted from +6600 on November 24th to +39000 on March 13th after the team unloaded Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich. Miami has gotten off to a predictably slow start in 2018 and is on pace to lose 100 games.

Team NL East Titles Last WS Championship Last WS Appearance
Atlanta Braves 12 1995 1999
Miami Marlins 0 2003 2003
New York Mets 6 1986 2015
Philadelphia Phillies 11 2008 2009
Washington Nationals 5 N/A N/A

 

NL Central World Series Odds

Few teams needed more immediate help during the offseason than the Reds, who finished 2017 with a dismal 68-94 record. Unfortunately management didn’t seem to get the memo and instead got rid of All-Stars Zack Cozart and Bronson Arroyo, and veteran pitchers Scott Feldman and Drew Storen. Vegas took notice and dropped Cincinnati’s odds from +5000 on November 24th to +20000 on February 21st.

Team NL Central Titles Since 1994 Last WS Championship Last WS Appearance
Chicago Cubs 5 2016 2016
Cincinnati Reds 2 1990 1990
Milwaukee Brewers 1 N/A N/A
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 1979 1979
St. Louis Cardinals 10 2011 2013

 

NL West World Series Odds

The Dodgers have owned the NL West since it was realigned in 1994. LA has won the last five division titles and entered this season with average odds of +530 to win the World Series.

Team NL West Titles Since 1994 Last WS Championship Last WS Appearance
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 1988 2017
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 2001 2001
San Francisco Giants 5 2014 2014
San Diego Padres 4 N/A 1998
Colorado Rockies 0 N/A 2007