MLB Futures: Surging Braves now at 12/1 to repeat

Atlanta's 11-game winning streak has it atop the National League's wild-card standings, but the Braves still trail the Mets in the NL East.

The World Series betting market does not generally feature a ton of movement on a week-to-week basis based on the nature of a six-month season.

There have been several lengthy streaks that have led to some small shifts over the past few weeks, though. Reigning World Series champions Atlanta, which opened at +900 to defend its title, got off to a terrible start this season.

The futures market reacted by moving the Braves as low as 15-1, but they have suddenly gotten red-hot. They headed to Washington with an 11-game winning streak on Monday to open a three-game series, with that streak causing their title odds to move to 12-1 at DraftKings. It is Atlanta’s longest winning streak since taking 14 in a row in 1993.

The Braves are now in control of the final National League Wild Card spot heading into Monday’s slate. They were a half-game ahead of the Brewers and 3.5 games up on Philadelphia in the standings.

However, Atlanta remains 5.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East race. The Mets are -245 favorites to win the division, leading the Braves (+255) and Phillies (14-1) in what appears to be a two-horse race.

New York is viewed as one of the primary title contenders this season, priced fourth in the betting market (+750) behind the Dodgers (+450), Yankees (+500) and Astros (+650). The Dodgers are the +230 ‘chalk’ to win the National League, while the Yankees are the +225 favorites in the American League.

There are several divisions that already feature heavy favorites in the middle of June, including the Astros as -1400 favorites to win the AL West. The Yankees are -350 in the AL East, the Dodgers are -195 in the NL West and the Brewers are -190 in the NL Central.

The most competitive division in baseball is the AL Central, where Minnesota is a +105 ‘chalk.’ The Twins hold a three-game lead over the Guardians (+500) and are up six games on the White Sox (+130). Chicago opened the year with 12-1 odds to win the World Series, but it is now priced at 25-1.

One team that has gone in the opposite direction as Atlanta has been the Angels, who collapsed earlier this month. They went on a franchise-record 14-game losing streak that led to the dismissal of manager Joe Maddon.

No team has reached the playoffs after a losing streak of more than 11 games during the regular season, so Los Angeles will be trying to overcome history this season. The Angels are only 3.5 games back of Boston for the final AL Wild Card spot following a loss to the Mets on Sunday night.

Los Angeles has plummeted from 25-1 to 45-1 to win the World Series during its losing streak. The Braves were available at 50-1 as late as August last year before going on their title run.

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