2017 MLB Win Totals

2017 MLB Win Totals

Back in early February, Atlantis Sportsbook in Las Vegas became the first oddsmaker to post win totals for the 2017 MLB season. Although many books had been hanging World Series odds for several months, this offered our first glimpse into the projected final standings for the upcoming season.

Almost two weeks later, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook posted their own MLB win totals with a few notable differences like the Royals and Athletics. Hopefully bettors followed our advice and took Oakland Over 66.5 early on.

The table below displays the win totals for every team along with last season’s record.

TeamMar 27
Feb 21
Feb 10
2016 Record
Chicago Cubs96.5 (u-126)95.595.5103-58
Los Angeles Dodgers94.5 (u-129)94.591.591-71
Cleveland Indians93.5 (u-132)93.592.594-67
Boston Red Sox92.5 (u-128)92.590.593-69
Houston Astros91.5 (u-137)91.587.584-78
Washington Nationals90.5 (o-122)91.590.595-67
San Francisco Giants88.5 (o-119)87.587.587-75
New York Mets87.5 (o-123)88.589.587-75
Texas Rangers85.5 (u-138)84.586.595-67
Seattle Mariners85.5 (o-128)85.585.586-76
Toronto Blue Jays85.5 (o-114)84.586.589-73
St. Louis Cardinals84.5 (o-138)83.587.586-76
Pittsburgh Pirates83 (u-115)82.585.578-83
Detroit Tigers82.5 (u-122)83.585.586-75
New York Yankees82.5 (o-134)83.583.584-78
Baltimore Orioles80.5 (u-121)79.584.589-73
Colorado Rockies80.5 (u-121)80.579.575-87
Los Angeles Angels79.5 (u-115)80.576.574-88
Tampa Bay Rays78.5 (o-128)78.575.568-94
Arizona DBacks77.5 (o-117)77.578.569-93
Miami Marlins76.5 (u-113)76.577.579-82
Kansas City Royals75.5 (o-137)74.580.581-81
Atlanta Braves74.5 (o-134)75.571.568-93
Minnesota Twins74.5 (o-125)75.570.559-103
Philadelphia Phillies73.5 (u-138)72.572.571-91
Oakland Athletics73.5 (o-117)74.566.569-93
Cincinnati Reds69.5 (u-115)70.573.568-94
Milwaukee Brewers69.5 (o-138)69.572.573-89
Chicago White Sox68.5 (o-140)68.573.578-84
San Diego Padres66.5 (u-141)67.564.568-94

July 13th Update

BetOnline has posted updated numbers for the second half of the season. The first half was a crazy one and plenty of the preseason win totals have essentially already been decided. There isn’t a ton of value to be had from an analytical standpoint, as all of these totals are basically spot on with Fangraphs‘ projected standings. These will likely only be up for the next day so place your bets now if you feel that any numbers look juicy.

The following was written before the season began

After winning their first World Series since 1908, the Chicago Cubs opened with the highest win total (95.5) for the upcoming season. In fact, this was the highest opening win total in several years. The San Francisco Giants (90) opened with the highest win total at the Atlantis last season, the Washington Nationals (93) opened with the highest total in 2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers (94) opened with the highest win total in 2014, and the Detroit Tigers (93.5) opened with the highest win total in 2013.

It’s also worth noting that the Cleveland Indians opened with a higher win total than the Boston Red Sox at both Nevada books, even though the Red Sox have better odds of winning the World Series. That’s based largely on strength of schedule, as many teams in the AL Central are still rebuilding (like the Twins and White Sox) while there are several playoff caliber teams in the AL East. In fact, the Indians are -600 to win their division.

As you can see, there have been plenty of changes around the market since opening. At CRIS, here are the 5 most lopsided-bet win totals:

83% on Dodgers Under 94.5
81% on Cardinals Over 84.5
79% on Mets Over 87.5
78% on Orioles Over 80.5
77% on Royals Over 75.5

Based on the opening win totals, we can also project the MLB playoff picture based on the oddsmakers:

National League:

  • NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers (91.5)
  • NL Central: Chicago Cubs (95.5)
  • NL East: Washington Nationals (90.5)
  • Wild Card: New York Mets (89.5) vs. St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants (87.5)

American League:

  • AL East: Boston Red Sox (90.5)
  • AL Central: Cleveland Indians (92.5)
  • AL West: Houston Astros (87.5)
  • Wild Card: Texas Rangers (86.5) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (86.5)

We will continue to update this article as more sportsbooks post their win totals in the upcoming weeks, but make sure to bookmark our free MLB odds page for the latest lines, betting trends, injuries, futures and more.

Have any questions for the staff at Sports Insights? Utilize our live chat to speak with a customer service representative or e-mail us at help@sportsinsights.com.

David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

1 Comment
  • Jeremy
    02/12/2017 at 8:59 am

    Atlanta was one of the better teams down the stretch last year. They seemed to finally figure things out. They also had a really good off-season and if they finish off this move for Phillips that’s another win. 71.5 seems quite low. That’s the one that immediately stands out for me.

Post a Comment