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World Series 2018

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Midway through May, the 2018 Major League Baseball season already has an October feel, with tight interdivision races throughout, memorable storylines, franchise firsts, a bevy a young stars seeing their big league debuts ahead of schedule, and bench clearing walk-offs.

World Series 2018

American League

As expected, MLB betting lines list the Houston Astros as favorites to repeat as world champions, with both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on their heels.

It worth noting though, the Mike Trout-led Anaheim Angels tied with the Astros atop the AL West.


With the off-season addition of super slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, the Yankees put a power bat in the middle of their already-stacked lineup. As threatening as that power is though, a high strikeout rate is typically part of the deal, and has given the pinstripes for gray hairs already thus far.

Mookie Betts is performing at an MVP/all-world level for Boston, and has the Sox tied for the majors best overall record with the archrival Yankees. Whoever wins the AL East should be in good shape to lock up an AL Wildcard spot if things continue on their current trajectory.

National League

 The Atlanta Braves were pretty much dismissed as being at least another rebuild year away from competing in the National League, but two months in, they have the best record in the NL, and one of the best records in the Majors altogether.

Eleven teams in the National League alone were given better odds to sniff the World Series coming into this season, and all 11 teams are currently looking up at those same Braves. With the three youngest players in the big (Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Mike Soroka), these Braves have proven to be more balanced than anyone thought.

Atlanta centerfielder, Ender Inciarte, leads the majors in steals. Perennial all-star candidate first baseman Freddie Freeman, looks to avenge a wrist injury that derailed what looked like a MVP campaign last season, and young short stop Ozzie Albies leads the majors in extra base hits, has smashed 13 home runs, and has been one of the more surprising stars this season.

With the young pitching rotation beginning to pile up scoreless innings, it appears that these Braves might just be for real.

Still, most experts expect the now-healthy Washington Nationals to eventually surpass the Braves and capture the NL East, with the vaunted pitching staff of the New York Mets to serve as their closest challengers. The Phillies are nothing to sneeze at either, and it will be interesting to watch the NL East pan out going forward.

Conclusion

The American League pictures seems to be developing as expected, with one of the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Boston Red expected to represent the AL in the World Series.  Conversely, the National League picture isn’t developing at all like most expected it would at this juncture. Things will become more clear when the mid-season dust settle and we inch closer to the all-star break in July, and if it looks anything like it does now, we are in for a wild ride to the World Series.

About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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