2016 World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians

It’s 2016 and the Cubs have finally reached the World Series. Prior to the season, an exact World Series matchup of Cubs/Indians was listed at 74:1. Cleveland was as high as +2800 to win the World Series back in January, while Chicago was as high as +1050 over the winter.

In the ALCS, reliever Andrew Miller won MVP at 10:1 odds while in the NLCS, Jon Lester (6:1) and Javier Baez (12:1) shared MVP honors. Cleveland beat Toronto in the ALCS in 5 games, which was listed at +750 odds. Chicago beat LA in the NLCS in 6 games, which was listed at +325 odds.

5Dimes lists the Cubs as -180 favorites to win the World Series now with Cleveland listed at +158. The table below shows how the 2016 World Series odds have fluctuated since last season:

Team Oct 26 (5Dimes) Oct 23
(5Dimes)
Oct 14
(5Dimes)
Sep 25
(5Dimes)
Aug 21
(5Dimes)
Aug 1
(Westgate)
Apr 1
(5Dimes)
Jan 14
(5Dimes)
Nov 9
(5Dimes)
Nov 2
(Bovada)
Cubs -115 -180 +145 +238 +275 +350 +660 +700 +1050 +1000
Indians -105 +158 +450 +1000 +850 +600 +2000 +2800 +2500 +2000

There is currently no odds out for Game 1 or Game 2 yet, as rosters and starting rotations have yet to be finalized. However, there are plenty of futures and props posted for the series:

Exact series odds via BetOnline
Cleveland in 4: +2800
Cleveland in 5: +1200
Cleveland in 6: +600
Cleveland in 7: +550
Chicago in 4: +650
Chicago in 5: +350
Chicago in 6: +375
Chicago in 7: +425

Total Games in Series via BetOnline
4 games: +600
5 games: +250
6 games: +210
7 games: +200

MVP odds via BetOnline:

mlb-mvp-odds

Also as a reminder, our MLB Playoff betting system has gone 12-6 (+6.88 units won) this season & 123-91 (+55.16 units won) all-time, which you can follow here.

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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