Spring training is here and with only weeks until the MLB season kicks off in earnest, bettors are starting to turn one eye toward baseball. The first sign that the dog days of summer are quickly approaching is the release of MLB season win totals.
For the second year in a row, Bovada has placed the highest win total on the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs win total for the upcoming season is set at 95.5, which is a massive number when you consider they were 92.5 entering last year.
The huge total is understandable with the Cubs tallying 97 wins in 2015 and 103 in 2016. Chicago lost a few key players during the offseason, including closer Aroldis Chapman, but the young core remains largely intact. The lineup that features Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell was second in on-base percentage and third in runs during the regular season last year.
Though Jason Hammel packed up his bags and went to Kansas City, the starting rotation should be no worse for wear. Jake Arrieta is still one of the best pitchers in all of baseball while Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey could conceivably be No. 1 starters in other rotations.
Only four other teams in the MLB have win totals of 90.0 or higher with books expecting big seasons out of the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. All of those teams won at least 91 games last season and most have not suffered significant roster losses during the offseason.
However, books have tempered their expectations for the Texas Rangers. Despite finishing last season at 95-67, which was tied for the second-best record in baseball, the Rangers win total for this season is set at 84.5. Texas ran away with the AL West last season but it’s a brutally tough division and another 90-win season seems like a tall order.
|Team||2016 Wins||2017 Win Total||Over||Under|
|Boston Red Sox||93||92.5||-115||-115|
|Chicago White Sox||78||69.5||-115||-115|
|Kansas City Royals||81||76.5||-115||-115|
|Los Angeles Angels||74||79.5||-115||-115|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||91||93.5||-115||-115|
|New York Mets||87||88.5||-115||-115|
|New York Yankees||84||82.5||-130||EVEN|
|San Diego Padres||68||66.5||-115||-115|
|San Francisco Giants||87||87.5||-115||-115|
|St. Louis Cardinals||86||84.5||-115||-115|
|Tampa Bay Rays||68||77.5||-115||-115|
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||85.5||-115||-115|
One of the best post-Super Bowl dates on every sports bettor’s calendar is the day that books release their Major League Baseball season win totals. It is the perfect reminder that baseball is right around the corner and that one more sport will be available for you to wager on.
Online shop Bovada has released their season win totals for the upcoming campaign and it is the Chicago Cubs who have the highest win total of any team in the bigs at 92.5.
The Cubbies posted 97 wins last season and boast a lineup that is the envy of just about any team in the bigs. They already had an order that commanded respect, what with the likes of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, but then they went and signed Jason Heyward to play right field and Ben Zobrist to play second base, so the opening 92.5 is certainly warranted from a quick glance at the hitters.
Not to be outdone, the starting rotation got a new arm in the form of John Lackey. Lackey posted one of his better seasons in years in 2015 as he registered a 13-10 record, an excellent 2.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals. Throw him in the middle of a rotation that already features Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel and you have a very formidable staff.
Those aforementioned 97 wins in 2015 were only enough to get them a third-place finish in the hyper-competitive National League Central, but the young Cubs did go all the way the N.L. Championship Series before being swept aside by Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets.
Make no mistake about it, the Central will be a competitive division once again with each of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cubs capable of approaching 100 wins once again. The Cubs are darlings in division, league and World Series futures, but the hype is justified.
At least in March.
Here’s a look at win totals for all 30 MLB teams at online shop Bovada.
|Team||2015 Wins||2016 Win Total||Over||Under|
|Boston Red Sox||78||86.5||-130||EVEN|
|Chicago White Sox||76||80.5||-130||EVEN|
|Kansas City Royals||95||85.5||-115||-115|
|Los Angeles Angels||85||81.5||-115||-115|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||92||88.5||-130||EVEN|
|New York Mets||90||89.5||-150||+120|
|New York Yankees||87||85.5||-115||-115|
|San Diego Padres||74||73.5||-115||-115|
|San Francisco Giants||84||89.5||-115||-115|
|St. Louis Cardinals||100||87.5||-130||EVEN|
|Tampa Bay Rays||80||81.5||-115||-115|
|Toronto Blue Jays||93||87.5||-115||-115|