Baseball: Indians on the Warpath…

The Major League Baseball season starts with opening weekend games from Sunday.

For those not familiar with the baseball season, it consists of roughly five times as many games as are necessary to establish those teams advancing to the play-offs.

The play-offs, which are ludicrously short by comparison to the main season, determine the winners of the American League and National League respectively, and they meet to determine the winner of the World Series.

With only four teams in each league advancing to the play-offs, the emphasis is on regular season performance in order to make that elite cut-off.

Last year the Chicago Cubs narrowly defeated the Cleveland Indians to break one of the longest hoodoos in sport. Both teams look as strong if not stronger this year.

We have been particularly impressed with the additions to the Indians roster, and with a weak looking AL Central division looking ripe for the picking, they look likely to use their disappointment from last year to fuel a repeat bid.

At 8/1 they look decent value for the World Series. However, if we accept the final is essentially a 50:50 shot, then the derived odds for the Indians to win the American League should be 7/2. (7/2 * 1/1 = 8/1). They can though be backed at 4/1, and that looks like the prime season-long value.

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