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2024 MLB Long Shot Betting Predictions

By Hank Blaine

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have become a dynasty in the National Football League, the only two remaining major sports leagues without a dynasty are the NHL and Major League Baseball. In MLB, one or two underdogs almost always become postseason darlings. Last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers made it to the World Series as huge dogs. This season, which four teams look best to pull off a Rangers’ type run to the Fall Classic? Check out four teams offering way too high odds to win the 2024 World Series.

4 Long Shots to Beat the 2024 MLB Season Odds

Chicago Cubs

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Last season, Justin Steele struck out 176, went 16-5, posted a 3.06 ERA, and dropped a 1.17 WHIP. Those are ace pitcher numbers, which is why the addition of Japanese star Shota Imanaga to fill in the two spot on the rotation is massive.

If Imanaga has the same electricity in MLB as he had in the Japanese League, forget it. The Cubs will throw two aces at their rivals every week. Come playoff time, Chicago could be one of the faves to win it all. So if you agree, jump on the 35-to-1 odds.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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The odds on the defending NL Champions to repeat are inflated because many MLB experts have already handed the NL West to the Dodgers. But player to player, the D’Backs roster is slightly better.

There are a lot of questions surrounding Los Angeles’s starting rotation. Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelley are solid while Brandon Pfadt could take the next step this season.

Corbin Carroll is a legit NL MVP candidate. Ketel Marte, Joc Pederson, Yuriel Gurriel, and the rest of the lineup are solid. More importantly, AZ is the most cohesive team in MLB and chemistry matters in professional baseball. The odds make the D’Backs the top long shot play on the board.

San Francisco Giants

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Somebody must emerge in the two spot in the rotation behind the underrated Logan Webb, but if that happens, the Giants could upset the Dodgers and D’Backs in the West.

The bats should be there. But, also, the reason to back the Giants is that the organization doesn’t stay down for long. In the past, San Francisco has bounced back after a single offseason.

That may happen this time around if the Dodgers implode and the D’Backs don’t have it. So at 60-to-1, the G-Men are worth a look for sure.

Boston Red Sox

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There’s potential in the starting rotation. Brayan Bello improved his ERA from the rookie year of 2022 to last season. More improvement could land the ERA around 3.5 or even below if Bello really gets it together.

Nick Pivetta posted a 4.04 ERA in 2023. Pivetta isn’t far away from the sub-4.00 ERA threshold. If both Bello and Pivetta improve, the rotation will be solid enough. Run support won’t be an issue with Rafael Devers and Masataka Yoshida standing at the plate every day.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.

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