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2018 Season Predictions
The 2018 baseball season is here with plenty of new expectations and hope for all 30 teams. Our consensus of handicappers provides their annual predictions on their best season win total bets as well as American League and National League champions, along with World Series winners.

In spite of Houston’s World Series victory last season, not many experts at VegasInsider.com are buying that Houston will return to the Fall Classic. In the National League, the Dodgers are expected to make it back to the World Series, as the Nationals and Cubs are expected to compete for the pennant.

From the win totals perspective, there are plenty of varying opinions from our handicappers on which teams will overachieve and which ones will fall short of their victory total.

The MLB experts at ASA believe Washington will take care of its win total of 92 ½, “The Nationals play in a division they should dominate which, of course, goes a long way toward going "over" on a win total. The Nats again will take advantage of being in the NL East with the Marlins, Braves, Phillies, and Mets. Out of those 4 teams it is not inconceivable that they all finish with a losing record. Miami has averaged 73 wins the past 5 seasons, Atlanta has averaged 71.5 wins the past 4 seasons. The Phillies have averaged 67 wins the past 3 seasons. As for the Mets, they fall hard last year and won just 70 games. The Nationals looks just as strong as recent seasons and Washington has won at least 95 games in 3 of the past 4 seasons.”

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Handicapper Joe Nelson sees another strong effort from the Twins following a playoff appearance in 2017, “Minnesota won 85 games last season despite going only 41-35 vs. AL Central foes. Cleveland remains a formidable AL contender in the division but the prospects for the Royals, Tigers, and White Sox are poor, featuring the AL’s three worst season win total projections. The Twins also get to trade a tough NL West interleague draw for facing the NL Central teams this season to possibly gain a few more wins.

The Rockies were a playoff squad last season also, but Vince Akins believe Colorado will take a step back in 2018, "The NL West was turned upside down in 2017 with 3 87+ win teams and there will be some market correction in 2018 with San Francisco returning to form and San Diego at least looking to compete. This Rockies team lacks top-end talent with only three difference making players on the roster in our estimation. We see them as overachievers in 2017 that are likely to fall back toward the bottom of the standings in the NL West."

Expert Dave Cokin feels the Rangers will a tough time reaching their win total of 77 ½ this season, “Texas is a team in transition. I don't like their lineup, the starting rotation beyond Hamels is extremely shaky and the bullpen appears very untrustworthy. The AL West looks tough with the Astros, followed by high upsides like the Angels and Mariners. Even Oakland appears better off than the Rangers. I see them finishing at the bottom of the division and suspect they'll struggle to win even 70 games.”

2018 MLB Season Predictions
Handicapper Best Over Best Under AL Champion NL Champion WS Champion
Alex Smart Oakland Athletics New York Yankees Boston Red Sox Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Antony Dinero Texas Rangers Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
ASA Washington Nationals Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Ben Burns San Francisco Giants Miami Marlins New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Bill Marzano Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Bruce Marshall Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Dodgers Cleveland Indians San Francisco Giants Cleveland Indians
Dave Cokin St. Louis Cardinals Texas Rangers Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros
Doc's Sports San Diego Padres Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Don Anthony Washington Nationals Miami Marlins Boston Red Sox Washington Nationals Boston Red Sox
Gary Bart Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Jimmy Boyd San Francisco Giants Houston Astros Cleveland Indians Washington Nationals Cleveland Indians
Joe Nelson Minnesota Twins New York Mets Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox
Joe Williams Oakland Athletics Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees Washington Nationals New York Yankees
John Fisher Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Indians Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Kevin Rogers Seattle Mariners Arizona Diamondbacks Houston Astros Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Kyle Hunter Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers New York Yankees Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Marc Lawrence San Francisco Giants New York Yankees Cleveland Indians Chicago Cubs Cleveland Indians
Mark Franco Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees
Matt Fargo Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Rays Cleveland Indians Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Micah Roberts San Diego Padres Los Angeles Dodgers Houston Astros Washington Nationals Houston Astros
NeiltheGreek Baltimore Orioles Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Arizona Diamondbacks Cleveland Indians
Scott Rickenbach Minnesota Twins Detroit Tigers New York Yankees Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Stephen Nover New York Mets Texas Rangers Boston Red Sox Washington Nationals Boston Red Sox
T.J. Pemberton Philadelphia Phillies Miami Marlins New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers New York Yankees
Vince Akins Pittsburgh Pirates Colorado Rockies Cleveland Indians Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs
Zack Cimini Philadelphia Phillies Colorado Rockies Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers


  
HEADLINES
· Akins: Diamond Trends - Monday
· News: Season Win Total Update
· A's wait; Phils, Pirates, D-Backs out
· Allen lifts Indians past Red Sox in 11
· Rockies sweep D-Backs, who are eliminated
· Ryu joins hit parade in 14-0 rout of Padres
· A's wild card delayed with loss to Twins
· Cardinals sweep Giants with 9-2 rout
· Schwarber homers as Cubs beat White Sox
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