The MLB post-break schedule is well underway. Teams are turning the corner with the playoff push on the horizon.
These four clubs, who currently sit back of their division leaders, are starting to pick up steam and could provide solid value to win their division crown if you grab their futures odds now.
Washington Nationals (+800 to win NL East)
The Nationals failed to meet expectations in the first half of the season and find themselves 8.5 games back of the Braves in the NL East. Washington took three of four versus the Mets and has a five-game road trip to Detroit and Milwaukee this week. The Nats pitching staff is among the best in the majors and if the bats can catch up, they could put together a strong push in the final two months of the schedule.
Kansas City Royals (+5,000 to win the AL Central)
At first glance, rolling the dice on the Royals would seem like throwing your money down the tubes. And maybe at second and third glance, as well. But Kansas City is one of the hottest clubs in the majors right now, winning six straight heading into Tuesday, and is only seven back of the Tigers in the AL Central. The Royals can trim that lead with some cupcakes on sked – playing six of their next nine games against the Twins. The other three games are versus the Mets.
Baltimore Orioles (+700 to win AL East)
A quick look at the latest MLB futures might cause you to scrunch up your face when you get the Orioles. Baltimore is among the top contenders to win the World Series, priced at +1,200 – just behind the AL East-leading Red Sox (+1,000). The O’s dropped two of three to Boston this weekend but have smooth sailing into mid August, with upcoming series against the Astros, Mariners, Padres, and Giants. Baltimore can turn it on late, going 37-18 in August and September last season.
Colorado Rockies (+2,500 to win NL West)
The National League West is a frickin’ gong show. The Dodgers, who were once the worst bet in baseball, are on fire at the top of the division and the defending World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants, are 7-16 this month. Who’s to say the Rockies couldn’t once again put together a late-season run? Colorado is only six games out of the NL West lead and closes the sked with a three-game set at Dodgers Stadium. Could that be a division-deciding series in late September?