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MLB World Series Odds: Ranking the Top Five Longshots To Win the AL and NL Pennant

Jason Radowitz breaks down the top five teams who are longshots to win the MLB American League and National League Pennants.
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MLB World Series Odds: Ranking the Top Five Longshots to Win the AL and NL Pennant

It's early. I'm writing this on March 11. Free agency is going to be wild and there are going to be so many more opinions about these teams once the actual season begins on April 7.

But there are always one or two teams that surprise throughout the season. Those teams who were never thought to make the playoffs make big runs.

For now, I'm using what I know and not going to predict which players go where. I'm strictly going off what teams have on their team right now.

Here are five longshots to win the American and National League Pennant.

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American League Pennant

Los Angeles Angels +1200 (Bet $100 to Win $1200)

The Angels look to be taking a stride this offseason. The reality is, the Angels have the two best players in the MLB with Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout leading the charge. Los Angeles is now putting an emphasis on pitching and if the Angels can get allstar-like play from Anthony Rendon, the Angels are going to be a tough out this season.

Plus, imagine Noah Syndergaard becomes anywhere close to what he was? I'm not sure how deep Syndergaard could push himself this year, but the Angels at +1200 are absolutely a play.

Detroit Tigers +1800 (Bet $100 to Win $1800)

The Detroit Tigers are finally looking to build a contender. The Tigers added Javier Baez into the middle of the lineup and will have a very talented prospect in Spencer Torkelson up with the team. Last year, Akil Baddoo showed some serious potential and the Tigers also signed Tucker Barnhart to play catcher and Eduardo Rodriguez to be their ace pitcher. The Tigers are extremely young outside of Miguel Cabrera, but overall, there's so much talent. If some of these guys can take the next step, the Tigers will be serious contenders.

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Texas Rangers +2000 (Bet $100 to Win $2000)

The Texas Rangers could do a full 360. After signing Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, the Texas Rangers have a legitimate offense that can do damage. The power in this lineup includes those two but also has Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe. Young players like Nick Solak and Isiah Kiner-Falefa at the bottom of the batting order are pretty impressive. The starting rotation also improved with the signing of Jon Gray and Dane Dunning has the chance to really take a leap this season. Why not the Rangers?

National League Pennant

Philadelphia Phillies +1800 (Bet $100 to Win $1800)

I don't think the Phillies are done when it comes to free agency. A big name will likely be signed over there. The Phillies already have Bryce Harper playing at an MVP level and have Zack Wheeler dealing at a Cy-Young level. Anytime you can have two really good pitchers like Wheeler and Aaron Nola, you've got a chance to win the pennant. It won't be easy, especially with the Mets in their own division, but the Phillies are an interesting long shot.

Chicago Cubs +5000 (Bet $100 to Win $5000)

I don't think the Cubs are in complete rebuild mode. The Cubs traded Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and so many others. However, the lineup can develop quickly with young players like Frank Schwindel, Patrick Wisdom, Nick Hoerner, and Nick Madrigal to name a few. This is a lineup that can really surprise and produce runs. Meanwhile, the pitching staff got better with the additions of Marcus Stroman and Wade Miley and they've got young talent with Adbert Alzolay and veteran talent with Kyle Hendricks in the starting rotation. Don't count out the Cubs. At +5000, they're worth a shot.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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