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World Series Prediction Betting – Red Sox Take World Series Back To The American League

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 2/8/2011 4:00:06 PM
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Online betting players are getting ready for another MLB season to get underway as players will start reporting to spring training soon, and after last year’s surprising win by San Francisco, we’re expecting the Commissioner’s Trophy to head back to Boston.

American League

East

You can expect the winner of the American League to come out of the East this year, with the power trio of the New York Yankees, Boston and Tampa Bay. The Red Sox are probably in the best position to win the division, providing pitchers Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka can stay healthy. They improved the most by picking up Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, who left Tampa Bay. The Rays responded by giving bargain deals to veterans (and former Red Sox players) Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, and some think that the chance to stick it to their former team will be a great motivation for them. However, how will they replace pitchers Matt Garza and Rafael Soriano? Soriano took his 45 saves to New York as the closer-in-waiting for Mariano Rivera, but the Yankees haven’t replaced the retired Andy Pettitte.

Toronto and Baltimore are also both on the way up, but it’s going to be tough to crack the top three. The Blue Jays shipped out Vernon Wells and his massive contract, but the loss of Shaun Marcum from the rotation will be bigger, and can Jose Bautista hit another 50-plus homers? The Orioles picked up Vladdy Guerrero, but they have other issues, like horrible pitching.

Central

The Chicago White Sox and Detroit are probably more talented, but it’s tough to win against Minnesota, who are so consistent it is scary. Last year, they won the Central with Justin Morneau missing most of the year. Morneau will be back with Joe Mauer, and they held on to slugger Jim Thome, as well as starter Carl Pavano, which may be the gamble of the season. As far as talent goes, the nod would have to go to Detroit with Miguel Cabrera on board, and they picked up catcher Victor Martinez. Even Magglio Ordonez can be good. But the Tigers’ MLB betting odds will depend on their pitching, and no team in the league is more dependent on one starter than the Tigers are on Justin Verlander, who is a certified ace. But there is not much else behind him if Rick Porcello doesn’t return to form.

There are a lot of questions in the Windy City for the White Sox. Can Jake Peavy stay healthy? Who is the closer now that Bobby Jenks is in Boston? There are homers all over the place with Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin, but can they produce? And, will Ozzie Guillen go crazy? As for Kansas City and Cleveland, the Royals traded Zack Greinke to Milwaukee, and the Indians…well….they’re not the NBA’s Cavaliers, but they won’t be that much better.

West

Texas could be imploding after their World Series trip, as Cliff Lee is gone, Michael Young is on the verge of going, and Guerrero left for Baltimore. There is still talent with MVP Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, but the newly signed Adrian Beltre needs to produce, and can the young pitching staff have the same success in 2011? The Rangers also took a big risk on former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, who has been injured a lot lately. Los Angeles picked up Wells from Toronto, and they should have Kendry Morales back from a broken leg. As for the pitching, Dan Haren needs to be much better if the Angels want to improve their MLB betting odds.

Oakland doesn’t have the power to compete unless their staff pulls a San Francisco from last year, although starter Trevor Bailey and closer Andrew Bailey are a good start. In Seattle, Felix Hernandez is coming off his Cy Young year, but he may be even better if Erik Bedard could stay healthy enough to give him some help. But the Mariners just don’t have enough big bats in the lineup, although it’s still fun to watch Ichiro Suzuki.

National League

East

If Philadelphia doesn’t win the East with their rotation of Lee, Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, there is something wrong with the world. The Phillies just need Chase Utley and Jimmie Rollins to stay healthy, which they weren’t for most of last year, we’re just not sure if the big rotation will bring a World Series to the City of Brotherly Love. Atlanta will compete once again with a great pitching staff, but they have to get used to not having Bobby Cox calling the shots for the first time since 1990 (Fredi Gonzalez will replace Cox), and we’re concerned about the bats, although snagging free-swinging Dan Uggla from Florida was a good start. The New York Mets are a mess from top to bottom, on the field and in the head office, but it was good to see David Wright get back to form.

Florida lost their big bat in Uggla, but they did manage to pick up catcher John Buck from Toronto, and they have a potentially solid rotation with Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and new teammate Javier Vazquez. Washington replaced Dunn’s bat with Jayson Werth, who signed an obscene contract, but no one will pay attention to the Nationals until September, which is when Stephen Strasburg may return, although it’s not likely.

Central

This may be the toughest division for MLB betting players to pick, and Cincinnati will be under immense pressure to prove that they are no flukes, led by MVP Joey Votto. St. Louis will be hot on their heels with one of the best rotations in baseball, but if they don’t sign Albert Pujols, will his contract be a distraction on the season? Milwaukee signed Greinke and Marcum, and they still have a great one-two in the lineup in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Chicago is always an intriguing MLB betting darkhorse, and the pickup of Garza was a good one, but his former Tampa Bay teammate, Pena, is a risky bet.

Houston and Pittsburgh will be fighting for the scraps, with the Astros heading into rebuilding mode with a very young lineup, and the Pirates are….they’ll field a team, and they’ll be bad, that’s all we’re sure of.

West

San Francisco didn’t lose much from their World Series-winning team; Edgar Renteria’s World Series MVP won’t stave off Father Time for the 35-year-old. They still have Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and closer Brian Wilson leading the staff, and Pablo Sandoval is reportedly in better shape, but one more bat would help. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a busy offseason, with the biggest move coming with Russell Martin’s exit. The talent is there, but they have a first-year manager in Don Mattingly, who learned from the man he’s replacing, Joe Torre. But like the Mets, they have ownership and legal battles that could threaten the sanity of the team.

San Diego had a big turnover rate, led by Gonzalez’s exit to Boston, and they’ll be hard-pressed to reach last year’s heights when they just missed the playoffs. Colorado has a great young nucleus led by Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez, but they may be one year away from seriously challenging. Arizona lost Webb, failed to bring Konerko to town and LaRoche left as well, so they’ll likely bring up the rear.

MLB Betting World Series Prediction

Our American League pick comes from Boston at +450, and we think Beckett will have a strong return to form, David Ortiz will have one more big year, and Dustin Pedrioa will stay healthy. In the National League, we’re leaning towards Philadelphia, who are the MLB betting favorites at +165, but St. Louis at +2000 offers some great value, and we’re willing to bet they’ll be eager to show Cincinnati they’re still the kings of the Central. Overall, we’re sticking with the Red Sox to pick up one more World Series under manager Terry Francona, as they picked up a couple of very good players in their prime, and as long as the pitching holds up, they’ll be an excellent sports betting pick.

MLB Betting World Series Pick: Boston Red Sox

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