World Series wagers worth a look during the MLB All-Star break


If you’re bitcoin gambling the MLB futures odds, these outlying teams could bring back some healthy returns.

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The MLB All-Star Break is a check-in for major league clubs: You’re either in or you’re out.

Of course, we’re talking about the World Series race. And once MLB clubs return from a brief hiatus from the diamond, the playoff positioning comes into focus and you will see contending teams pick up the pace, while others pack it in and start to look ahead to next summer.

If you’re bitcoin gambling the MLB futures odds, these outlying teams – not among the top favorites - could bring back some healthy returns if they win the Fall Classic.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+800)
The Dodgers opened among the favorites to win the World Series in 2018 after winning the National League Pennant and losing to the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic last year. Los Angeles started the year slowly, with a lineup missing some key bats in Corey Seager (out for the year) and Justin Turner. And ace Clayton Kershaw struggled mightily and eventually spent some time on the disabled list.

Now, the Dodgers are figuring out their lineup and Kershaw has looked stellar in his last three starts before this weekend. Los Angeles is sitting second in the NL West – just behind Arizona – and is riding a 23-12 streak since June. There’s a lot of baseball to be played, but there’s no denying the talent on this team and the fact that L.A. will likely make some big additions before October.

Washington Nationals (+1,800)
The Nationals were supposed to have it easy in the National League East, cruising past the Marlins, Mets, Braves and maybe getting a little push back from the Phillies. But here we are days from the Mid-Summer Classic and Washington is third in the division with significant space between it, Atlanta and Philadelphia. But not to fret.

The Nats have a stacked rotation with a respectable 3.92 ERA among the starting staff. But the offense has gone MIA in recent weeks, leading the club down a 13-22 slide since June while plating just 4.4 runs per game. Business has picked up since an improbable comeback versus Miami on July 5 – just after a players-only meeting – in which Washington fought back from a 9-0 hole to win the game. Much like the Dodgers, don’t deny the talent on this roster, as well as the inexperience among their competition in young teams like Atlanta and Philly. Those clubs could easily start to slide once the pressure mounts, opening the door for the Nats.

Seattle Mariners (+2,500)
Seattle has the fourth-best record in baseball – at 57-35 – but is priced the same as clubs like San Francisco, who are barely above .500. The Mariners have been the surprise of the summer, challenging the World Series champion Astros in the American League West and putting themselves in prime position for at least a Wild Card ticket.

Now, there’s nothing spectacular about Seattle. Their best pitcher is having a terrible year and just hit the DL (Felix Hernandez), and their biggest star was suspended for 80 games (Robinson Cano). But with a great home-field edge – 31-17 inside Safeco Field – and an undervalued staff, with the likes of James Paxton and Marco Gonzales pitching well, the M’s hold plenty of value at these odds. Also, Cano is set to return in mid-August, just in time for the postseason push.