The World Series trophy is still being celebrated in Kansas City, but the rest of the world has moved on and is looking forward to next season. 5Dimes has released their 2016 World Series futures and the early favorites is a team who hasn’t won it since 1908, the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs are a sexy pick because of their great season, the Arrieta/Lester combination in the rotation, their lineup of stud hitters and their great manager. However, a lot can happen over a season. An injury to Arrieta or another key player would be a huge hit for them. Plus, it’s important to remember that they were the third best team in their own division this season. The Cardinals and Pirates are very good teams and they aren’t going away. The Cubs would need to top their season from last year to hope to get a division title. They definitely have the money to spend, but will they? And if they do, will they spend it correctly? Even if they do, will they still have luck on their side?
The Royals to repeat are at +1000 early. They relied so heavily on the bullpen over these past two years and that is one of the most unpredictable things in all of baseball. Their division could be tougher next year if the Indians can figure it out. Plus, the White Sox are hoping to make a leap. Still, they are as good of a bet as anyone as they have been in the Series two years straight and are bringing back a lot of their core.
The Dodgers at +1100 remain intriguing as they have the money and the talent, but the question marks in the bullpen are still there. Mattingly is gone now, but there is nothing he could do when the talent wasn’t there. The Dodgers should be the favorite and if they improve their bullpen situation this could end up being a great value.
The most intriguing team to me is the Boston Red Sox at +1800. We saw a little bit of what their offense could do in the second half of the season and with Dave Dombrowski taking over at GM, they will definitely be going for it this year. They’ve already added Craig Kimbrel to help shore up their bullpen situation and everyone sees them as the favorite for David Price. The pitching was their biggest issue last year and with some better luck and new personnel there is no reason they shouldn’t be one of the favorites to win it all next year.
Then again, it is an even year and the Giants at +2000 always win in even years.
|Kansas City Royals||+1000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+1100|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1200|
|New York Mets||+1250|
|Boston Red Sox||+1800|
|New York Yankees||+1800|
|Los Angeles Angels||+2000|
|San Francisco Giants||+2000|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+4000|
|Chicago White Sox||+4500|
|San Diego Padres||+4500|