Out of the four major sports leagues in the United States and Canada, Major League Baseball (MLB) is the oldest.
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There is a total of 30 teams playing in MLB and they are divided into two leagues, called the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). There are 15 teams in each league and 29 of them are from the United States with just one team representing Canada.
Teams play a whopping 162 games per season and the top five teams from each league progress to the end of season tournament. This is used to decide which teams will contest the famous World Series, a seven match championship series between the winners of each division.
1. MLB History
Professional baseball can be traced back to the first team which was founded in Cincinnati in 1869 but the game is thought to have started 30 years earlier, having been invented by Abner Doubleday. He surely couldn't predict how hugely popular the sport will become.
Interestingly, the first 20 years of professional baseball saw teams and players moving from one to the other and very rarely would a home run be hit. This all happened before the 1920’s and was known as the ‘Deadball Era’ of baseball.
Following World War II, the sport started to expand and both the AL and NL started to grow, with news stadiums and improved playing surfaces producing a better game and superior facilities for spectators.
MLB has grown massively over the past 20 years and it is now ranked as the biggest spectator sport in the world. In 2015, over 73 million people watched Major League Baseball, more than any other professional sport in the world. What are the predictions?
2. World Series Betting
The 2017 Major League Baseball season started on the 2nd April and the regular season ended on the 1st October.
The post season began on the 3rd October and the 2017 World Series is set to start on the 24th October. The seventh match in the series, if required, is scheduled to take place on the 1st November.
With four teams making it through to the League Championship Series, it remains to be seen which team will come out on top. The Houston Astros have the early advantage over the New York Yankees in the American League and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League. Who has the biggest odds to win?
Where can you bet on World Series? You can get 1/6 with William Hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League and 1/3 for the Houston Astros to come out on top in the American League.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers come in as the bookies favourites, priced at Evens with Bet365 to win the World Series, the Houston Astros have such tremendous ability in their batting line-up, it could be enough to make the difference.
The Houston Astros are 6/4 with Bet365 to win the 2017 World Series, which would be the first in their history.
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