This year’s Major League Baseball season gets under way on Sunday April 5, 2015, and online bookmaker Betfair has already priced up this exciting competition. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals have been put in as the 15/2 joint favourites, and both sides are likely to be popular with punters in the ante post market. The Dodgers have won successive West Division titles but were defeated in four games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series. Manager Don Mattingly will be keen for his side to improve on that showing, and I fancy the Dodgers to be involved at the business end of the 2015 season. Whether they are quite good enough to make it all the way to the World Series is open to question, but the arrival of Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson will certainly aid their chances of success. As far as the Washington Nationals are concerned, two East Division title wins in the last three years would suggest that they should also have sound claims when it comes to the 2015 Major league baseball season.
Having been known as the Montreal Expos until 2005, the Nationals are the only franchise in the National league to have not played in a World Series, and the fans will be hoping this set of players can put that right this year. Following their division title victory last season, the Washington National’s campaign was ended by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division series, where they went down by a score of 3-1. This was the very first postseason encounter between the Nationals and Giants, and the experience gained during those matches could well help the side during the upcoming MLB season
Another side that must enter calculation when it comes to 2015 World Series are the Detroit Tigers. With the Tigers unsign Max Scherzer and while that news may come as a bit of a blow, Detroit are still a team who look capable of challenging for top honours in 2015. The odds compilers at betfair.com make the four time World Series winners 10/1 shots to add a fifth title to their record this season, and they are fair value as far as I’m concerned. Having won the last three Central Division titles, the Detroit Tigers are likely to give backers a good run for their money, and make a bold bid for the World Series crown.