Looking at Detroit’s loyalties in the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Who are you rooting for and why? Video by Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Tigers went 11-34 in their final 45 games in 2017, jumping over seven teams for the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s MLB draft.
As a result, expectations for the Tigers in 2018 are extremely low.
In fact, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has given them the worst odds for winning the World Series in 2018 at 300-to-1.
Meanwhile, Westgate has pegged the Los Angeles Dodgers, currently playing in the Fall Classic against the Houston Astros, as the extremely early favorite to capture the 2018 flag.
So if a $100 bet on the Tigers and somehow win their first World Series since 1984, you’ll receive a $30,000 payout.
It wasn’t so long ago that the Tigers were one of the favorites to win it all.
As recently as 2014, the Tigers were pegged as preseason favorites to win the American League pennant and were an 8-to-1 favorite to win the World Series, second only to the Dodgers at 5-to-1.
That 2014 team, in their first year under former manager Brad Ausmus, won 90 games and captured a fourth straight division crown. However, they were swept in the ALDS by the Baltimore Orioles.
Detroit hasn’t made the postseason since, and doesn’t appear ready to return to October in its first year managed by Ron Gardenhire.