Playing The Long Ball

The Major League Baseball season has transitioned to the postseason which means the action is hot and heavy right now. The games get longer, but more exciting as the postseason goes along. Every pitch is a big one, and the at bats become massive.

Let's take a look at the futures market and figure out who will come away with the 2017 World Series title.

American League

In the American League - the postseason started with the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. In the end, there is one team that is better than the rest. While the Houston Astros had an amazing season, and there is no doubt that they are going to be back time and time again - it's not quite their turn. The offense is too young in Houston, and the pitching is not quite as established.

The team to beat in the American League is the Cleveland Indians. It's the same team that went to the final game of the series a year ago. That makes Terry Francona and his Indians even hungrier this postseason.

The Indians would get a chance to host Game 1 of the World Series again this season. Cleveland with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and the rest of the crew, along with that lineup is my favorite to win the AL. There is nothing wrong with betting on the favorite with your future bet here.

National League

You could probably argue that the National League is more "well rounded" and more open than the American League. The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks were the two wildcard teams, and entered the party with the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs are the defending World Series Champions, and the Dodgers have home field advantage throughout. The intrigue of Washington finally getting their title is certainly high for baseball fans as well.

When push comes to shove - someone has to beat the Chicago Cubs in a series. The Cubs have solid starting pitching, with Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks going out there. One could argue that the Cubs lineup is the most balanced up and down in the National League. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant provide a great punch in the middle of the order for the Cubs.

The Cubs come into the postseason with the third best odds to win the National League. The Dodgers and Nationals are listed ahead of them. But, my money is still on the Cubs to win the NL. Take them to win the National League.

Enjoy the Major League Baseball postseason and best of luck with all your MLB Futures bets! Tune in during the ALCS for my World Series futures picks!