Futures betting in baseball is when you bet who will win a future event, for example, the World Series. Studying past performances can help you greatly in winning World Series future bets. You have to scrutinize each MLB team and the likelihood to improve in the coming season. The trick is to estimate which ones have the highest potential to win their divisions and win wild cards, and then narrow down the list to 6 teams. Take those six teams and work your way down to which of them has the highest chance of becoming the World Series winner.
Every passionate baseball bettor loves to make predictions about the next World Series winner, which can be a tough task when you have 30 teams in the major league. But, one thing is sure. A team cannot win the Series if it can’t win the American League or National League.
In the past 30 years in the MLB we have seen pretty interesting futures payoffs. The Kansas City Royals in 1985 and the Mets in 1986 in their first ever appearances in the World Series; The Twins in 1991 and the Blue Jays in their first ever appearance in 1992; the Diamondbacks in 2001 etc. Some of these have even produced odds at 300 to 1.
First Task: See Past Performances
Some teams are pretty consistent throughout the years so past performances can help you greatly in determining which team will be at the very top. Title winning streaks are always the best way to estimate the favorite, but also last and previous years’ performances up to 5 years back. This should indicate which teams are spending whatever it costs to stay at the top.
Do research about World Series champions, Pennant winners and Division winners. See which teams have been consistent in order to figure out the top 6 teams in each league. Rely on total games won during the years and compare the numbers with their titles. This will help you up to 40% to make a good futures bet.
Second Task: Team Composition
This is where you have to be a good scout. If you don’t know how to do that, just watch ESPN or follow other notable media that do team analyzes. That way you should get a pretty good idea which team has improved its roster and which team has lost some good players.
Third Task: Big Players and Rookies
Strong rookies or star players can make big difference in a team’s performance. There have been plenty of such examples. Try and make an estimate which player will live up to his name, will he bat .320, get 100 RBI’s or hit 40 home runs etc. Or predict which player will have a breakout. Analyze specific player’s stats and will he excel again based on the surroundings and changes in the team.
Fourth Task: Rely on Your Instinct
You must go with your gut instinct in all of these tasks. You can’t just rely entirely on numbers or what other people have said, you have to put some thinking yourself. Some betting experts even agree that your instinct can be the thin line between picking a winner and picking a lukewarm favorite. Put all the task’s numbers together and monitor which teams have boosted their moral during spring training. See which will be your top six teams for your MLB futures. Compare how they stack up against each other and always include the odds offered by the sportsbooks.
Below we have listed the Championship Odds for the 2015/2016 MLB Season