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2017 World Series: Who's favored to win it all?

2017 World Series: Who's favored to win it all?

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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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

CLICK HERE TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE CRAZIEST BALLPARK FOODS YOU'LL FIND AROUND MLB THIS YEAR

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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