Major League Baseball 2018
This entry was posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Don’t Talk to me about Fixture Congestion
The Superbowl is a distant memory, the NBA playoffs are just around the corner, so it must be time to fill that big gap in the US sports calendar with some ball game. Not just some either. Each side will play a quite frankly ludicrous 162 times, which means that hunting for statistics and trends is a tricky business indeed. So many matches also injects an element of randomness to the whole affair – rather like a one-day series in cricket. Teams will win. Teams will lose. Great.
There was no crazy spending in the off-season, as owners potentially colluded to ensure they could keep their money to themselves. We aren’t sticking our neck out too far therefore in suspecting that the Yankees are the best bet in the American Division. They have added the best power hitter available in Giancarlo Stanton to their roster, which already includes last year’s Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, and a fully fit Greg Bird. Expect home runs galore, although the defending champions, the Houston Astros should not be ruled out.
In the National League, we fancy the Washington Nationals to prosper. After failure in the playoffs last year, Dave Martinez replaced the beautifully named Dusty Baker. Expect Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner to have another big year. An alternative will come from the LA Dodgers, who did their usual shtick of a great season followed by a major flop in the play-offs.
The best value can be found in Washington, and at 10/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook, they are our tip for the World Series.