The Colorado Rockies made the postseason in 2017, bringing “Rocktober” back into the Major League Baseball vocabulary for the first time since 2009. Many expect the Rockies to contend for another postseason appearance in 2018 … but how far could they go into the postseason? Is this the year the Rockies make their first World Series showing since 2007 or even win their first World Championship?
According to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, it is highly unlikely next season. Through OddsShark.com, we see that the Rockies are not one of the betting favorites to take the home the title in 2018.
Colorado is opening the offseason as a +4000 pick to win the world championship according to Bovada. Ironically, that is the same line given to one of Colorado’s main division rivals, the San Francisco Giants. There are 14 teams listed as more likely to win the title, according to current odds, including division rival and defending National League champion Los Angeles (who is tied with the Houston Astros as the World Series favorite at +500). The Arizona Diamondbacks, who beat the Rockies in this year’s Wild Card game, are listed at +2800.
National League teams with current better odds than the Rockies to win the World Series include Washington (+1000), Chicago (+1100), St. Louis (+2200), New York (+2200) and Milwaukee (+3300).
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Some of more surprising teams listed ahead of the Rockies in the betting odds include Tampa Bay (+3300) and Seattle (+3300).
Division rival San Diego joins the Detroit Tigers as the longest of longshots to win the 2018 World Series, opening at +10000.
In 2018, the Rockies will bring back MVP-caliber players in Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, solid middle infielders in DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story, and a young rotation that will include an emerging Jon Gray. However, there are plenty of questions about the Rockies in the offseason, including if closer Greg Holland, who set a Rockies record in 2017 with 41 saves, will return to the Mile High City.
Colorado also faces questions with trade deadline acquisitions Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy as well as free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who has been one of the faces of the Rockies franchise for years.
The answers to all of these questions, as well as who Colorado inks in free agency, will likely improve Colorado’s betting odds as the 2018 season gets closer.