3 MLB longshots who can win the World Series

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If you bet on the Phillies to make the World Series or even the Guardians to win the AL Central last year as longshots, you came up BIG when both teams came through. Every MLB season is littered with examples like this and I expect this upcoming season to be no different.

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With the knowledge that we’re covered either way, here are three MLB longshots I’m eyeing to win the World Series:

3 MLB Longshots Who Can Win the World Series

As it stands, the Astros (+650) are favored to repeat as champions while the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets all sit right behind them at +750 odds.

With the recent Wild Card expansion, there are more opportunities for teams to sneak into the playoffs and make a run like the Phillies last year. That gives these longshots even more value, and you can utilize FanDuel’s promo to ensure you can’t lose either way.

Philadelphia Phillies (+1700)

The Phillies shocked the world by storming to the World Series in dramatic fashion last year, then added star Trea Turner to the mix in the offseason.

The lineup between Turner, Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and J.T. Realmuto will be as fearsome as any in baseball. Throw in a spectacular rotation led by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler with rising stars like Ranger Suarez and you’ve got a recipe for a World Series.

Philadelphia’s bullpen and defense remain question marks, but we saw this talented roster overcome those deficiencies last year. At +1700, I’m more than willing to take a shot on Harper and Turner figuring it out.

Cleveland Guardians (+2500)

I love this young Guardians team. With another year of experience after a disappointing ALDS loss to the Yankees, Cleveland should be ready to take another step forward.

While the rest of the MLB focuses on power and home runs, the Guardians prefer a contact-based approach similar to that deployed by the 2015 World Series champion Royals.

José Ramírez, Steven Kwan, Amed Rosario, and Andrés Giménez make up a formidable lineup that forces pitchers to stay locked in. I’m expecting a step forward from rotation arms like Triston McKenzie as well to help Shane Bieber at the top.

In a weak division, Cleveland should have every opportunity to return to the postseason and deliver on these large odds.

Baltimore Orioles (+10000)

If you want a real longshot, look no further than the Baltimore Orioles. This young squad exploded in the second half of the season last year before falling just short of the playoffs, but the roster is oozing with talent and it wouldn’t shock me to see Baltimore take a massive leap forward.

Adley Rutschman is a star and already one of the best catchers in baseball. Cedric Mullins and Gunnar Henderson make up a strong top of the lineup, though the rotation leaves much to be desired.

Sending Kyle Gibson out as your ace should make any Orioles fan worried, but I do think we’ll see improvements from Dean Kremer and Kyle Bradish, both of whom flashed in moments last year.

If Rutschman continues his breakout and a couple of Baltimore’s young arms show progress, the Orioles will be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot at a minimum. At +10000 odds, that’s all you can ask for.

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