The 2016 MLB season commences on Sunday April 3rd with a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, but we’re not waiting until then to start examining potential value bets.
The table below compares examines the current divisional odds at Bovada. This section will be continually updated as opening day approaches.
|Boston Red Sox||+160|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+160|
|New York Yankees||+350|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+900|
|Kansas City Royals||+110|
|Chicago White Sox||+600|
|Los Angeles Angels||+375|
|New York Mets||-110|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+250|
|San Francisco Giants||+125|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+150|
|San Diego Padres||+1200|
It’s interesting to note that sharper sportsbooks like 5Dimes have the Boston Red Sox as the favorite to win the AL Pennant, yet they’re listed as the co-favorite to win the AL East. Although the Blue Jays finished 15-games ahead of the Red Sox last season, Boston made several key offseason acquisitions including the signing of a legitimate ace in David Price. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Sox are offering value, but it does seem to indicate that the Blue Jays are being slightly overrated.
In terms of value, it seems like the public is overvaluing the Cubs which could be creating value on the Cardinals (+250). Last season the Cardinals won the NL Central with a 100-62 record and, although they lost Jason Heyward and John Lackey via free agency, the rotation should be improved this year. In addition to getting Adam Wainwright back from injury, the team signed former Giants’ SP Mike Leake. I’m also optimistic that the relatively unknown Stephen Piscotty will help fill the void in right field that was left by Heyward’s departure.
Which teams do you think are offering value? Are the oddsmakers overlooking any teams? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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