Detroit Tigers fans may want to save their money until the rebuild is complete before wagering on the Tigers in Las Vegas.
Detroit Tigers fans who are into sports wagering may want to hold their money this preseason. The Tigers opened up as 200/1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to Oddsshark. That ties them with the Miami Marlins as the worst odds among all 30 MLB teams.
Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened with the best odds at 5/1. The defending champion Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are tied at 5.5/1 each. Rounding out the top five were the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals at 8/1 each.
In the midst of what could be a fairly lengthy rebuild, the Tigers do not have a roster build for postseason contention. Gone are veteran stalwarts Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez, having been replaced by youngsters such as Matt Boyd, Dixon Machado, JaCoby Jones and Rule 5 draft pick Victor Reyes.
Expectations for the Detroit Tigers in 2018 have them hovering around 100 losses on the year. PECOTA projects a 94 loss season for the Tigers, while USA Today projects the Tigers to have 99 losses on the year.
Ultimately the fate of the franchise will reside in the farm system. The Tigers will continue to rack up high draft picks. Alex Faedo, Matt Manning and Beau Burrows are all highly touted prospects that the Tigers selected in the first round in the last few years. Each of them figures to have a big part in Detroit’s eventual return to prominence.
The Detroit Tigers are unlikely to even sniff the playoffs in 2018. However, the rebuild will help usher in a new era of baseball in the Motor City. With it will come many more opportunities for the Tigers to play in the World Series.
So to our gambling friends, hold onto your money for now. By 2020, those World Series odds will look much more appealing.