Yes, it’s February, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the World Series and see what your favorite team’s odds are of winning.
From spring training through the season’s 162 games, a lot can change, but this is where the odds are as of February 9, according to OddsShark.com.
Although no team has won back-to-back World Series since the New York Yankees won three consecutive championships between 1998 and 2000, the Chicago Cubs are the preseason favorites (+450).
With the Boston Red Sox (+500) and the Cleveland Indians (+800) not far behind the Cubs, the good news for Nationals fans is Washington is fourth on the list at +900. USA TODAY ranked the Nats’ rotation second overall, led by NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
Last season, Scherzer finished at the top of the majors in strikeouts with 284 and WHIP at .97 while leading the NL with 20 wins.
Compared with his 2015 season, Bryce Harper had a relatively quiet 2016, but with two years before being eligible for free agency, he’ll be looking to increase his stock as much as possible.
The San Francisco Giants (+1200) round out the top five best odds, while the Baltimore Orioles are right in the middle, tied with the Kansas City Royals for 15th-best odds at +3300. But with slugger Mark Trumbo anchoring the O’s batting order again, those odds have some potential to change.