Yes, it’s February, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the World Series and see what your favorite team’s odds are of winning.
From spring training through the season’s 162 games, a lot can change, but this is where the odds are as of February 9, according to OddsShark.com.
Although no team has won back-to-back World Series since the New York Yankees won three consecutive championships between 1998 and 2000, the Chicago Cubs are the preseason favorites (+450).
With the Boston Red Sox (+500) and the Cleveland Indians (+800) not far behind the Cubs, the good news for Nationals fans is Washington is fourth on the list at +900. USA TODAY ranked the Nats’ rotation second overall, led by NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
Last season, Scherzer finished at the top of the majors in strikeouts with 284 and WHIP at .97 while leading the NL with 20 wins.
Compared with his 2015 season, Bryce Harper had a relatively quiet 2016, but with two years before being eligible for free agency, he’ll be looking to increase his stock as much as possible.
The San Francisco Giants (+1200) round out the top five best odds, while the Baltimore Orioles are right in the middle, tied with the Kansas City Royals for 15th-best odds at +3300. But with slugger Mark Trumbo anchoring the O’s batting order again, those odds have some potential to change.
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DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.
He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.
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The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.
It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.
Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.
In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.
The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.
If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week.
For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored.
He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games.
Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored.
With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times.
The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East.
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