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World Series Betting Lines: Cubs and Giants Sit as Odds Favorites

With the first half of the MLB season in the rearview mirror the Chicago Cubs continue to be the World Series betting favorites on the futures at top sportsbook Bovada.The Cubs headed into the All-Star break atop the Bovada World Series odds at +375. Chicago did cool off considerably in the last few weeks with a 2-8 record in their last 10 games, but the oddsmakers haven’t lost their faith in them yet.That could change eventually if the San Francisco Giants keep churning out wins. The Giants rolled into the break with four wins in a row and an 8-2 record in their last 10 games.Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have lived up to the hype after being acquired by the Giants in the offseason and Madison Bumgarner is a true ace in front of them. San Francisco is rumoured to be looking for another impact bat to add to a lineup that is already fourth in runs scored in the NL.The Cubs and Giants aren’t the only World Series threats in the NL. The Washington Nationals are a +900 underdog on the World Series odds right now, but that could just mean they’ll pay more for bettors in October.Washington started to pull away from the New York Mets and Miami Marlins in the NL East before the break. Bryce Harper might get most of the attention in Washington, and it’s well deserved. However, the real difference-makers for Washington in a playoff series may be the one-two punch of Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer.In the American League the Texas Rangers are getting the best odds on the World Series futures at +700. Texas has the best record in the AL despite Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis all being on the disabled list and Prince Fielder forgetting how to hit for most of the first half of the season.The Cleveland Indians are also getting pretty good odds at +750. The Indians put together a 14-game winning streak this season to give them a solid lead in the AL Central. Cleveland’s underrated pitching staff boasts the best ERA in the AL and could help the Indians put together another big winning streak in the second half.