Second-half MLB betting guide
Best World Series, divisional value bets and teams to fade
At the LVH SuperBook, the Oakland Athletics -- who were 15-1 in the World Series futures before the season started -- have joined the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers as the co-favorites at 9-2. The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (am I dating myself if I want to call them the California Angels?) are both currently 8-1, with the St. Louis Cardinals at 10-1 and the Baltimore Orioles at 14-1.
When we did our ESPN Insider MLB betting guide back in March, my top value bet was the San Francisco Giants at 20-1. That was looking like a great pick the first three months of the season as they were lowered all the way to 5-1 last month, but now the Dodgers have closed the gap in the NL West and the Giants are back up to 16-1. I'll stick with them as my top pick, but let's look at some more teams from a betting perspective.
We'll look at the best World Series bets, overrated and underrated teams and the top divisional picks in our second-half MLB betting guide.
Most underrated (teams with most betting value at current number)
Baltimore Orioles (14-1)
The Orioles lead the AL East by four games over the Blue Jays and five games over the Yankees (only the Tigers' 6½-game lead in the AL Central is bigger), yet the odds on the O's are higher than the rest of the top contenders. They were 30-1 just a few short weeks ago before pulling away right before the break, but 14-1 (or better if you can find it) looks like fair value.
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