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World Series Odds: Red Sox and Giants on the Rise on Futures

The Boston Red Sox's mammoth offense is slowly but surely moving them up the ladder on the World Series futures at top sportsbook Bovada. For the San Francisco Giants, pitching is making them contenders.

A lot of people questioned Boston's chances at fielding a contender this season due to their suspect pitching. Even with David Price on board the rest of the rotation lacked intimidating arms. The pitching hasn’t been great, but the Boston hitters have picked up the slack and carried the Red Sox into first place in the AL East and to +800 on the World Series odds at Bovada.

Boston’s young guns have blossomed into big stars this season with Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. all performing above expectations. Veterans David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are also proving they still have something left in the tank.

The Red Sox offense, which leads the league in runs scored, has allowed Price to post a 7-1 record despite a 5.11 ERA.

The Giants were expected to be a contender this year and not just because it’s an even numbered year. Stocking up on pitching has worked out for San Francisco as Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have both been solid. And when you can pitch that duo behind Madison Bumgarner you’re laughing. The trio has combined for 21 of San Francisco’s 33 wins so far. The Cueto and Samardzija signings are a big reason why the Giants are also up to +800 on the World Series futures.

The team the Red Sox and Giants are chasing on the futures, the Chicago Cubs (+375), have been the favorite since the first pitch of the season. And they’ve lived up to the hype. The Cubs' nice mix of young talent and proven veterans has produced the league's top record so far.

Until earlier this week when Jake Arrieta pitched for the Cubs they couldn’t lose. That’s not an exaggeration either. Before the Cubs lost with Arrieta on the mound earlier this week they had won all 10 of his starts this season and his last 23 starts in the regular season.

Aside from the Cubs the hottest team in baseball right now might be the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals. The Royals have won six straight, eight of their last nine, and 13 of their last 16 games. They’re doing it with the bats too, as their last nine games have all gone OVER the posted total.

Kansas City currently sits at +1200 on the World Series futures and could be a nice bet for some profit down the line.