Cubs Pulling Away from Pack on Odds to Win World Series

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As the 2016 baseball season enters its second month the Chicago Cubs continue to dominate on the odds to win the World Series at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, riding the best record in baseball to improved +375 odds of claiming their first title in 108 years.

Chicago, which opened the season as the +500 favorite, is tops in multiple team stats going into a weekend series with Pittsburgh, leading the way in both runs scored and team ERA.

While the Cubs continue to pull away from their rivals in both the standings and at the sportsbooks, things have tightened up behind them on the World Series odds.

The Washington Nationals represent the Cubs’ closest competition, at +1000 on the World Series odds board. After powering to a 14-4 start the Nationals have struggled of late, but remain in a dogfight for top spot in the NL East with the defending division champion New York Mets, whom they face six times over the next two weeks.

The Mets currently own baseball’s best defense, holding opponents to 94 total runs through their first 32 contests while lifting their World Series odds slightly to +1100, where they are joined by the biggest surprise of the season, the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox opened at +3300 but have quickly climbed the odds on the strength of an AL-best 23-12 record. However, they have lost two of their past three series and are just 7-6 over their past 13 games, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

The Boston Red Sox have silenced the naysayers in the first five weeks of the season with the American League’s top offense, and remain in a battle with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East, giving their odds a small boost to +1200.

Baltimore has exceeded expectations with their surge to the top of the division standings but have yet to fully convince oddsmakers, who currently peg them well back of the pack at +2500, after opening the season at +4000.

Last season’s offensive leaders, the Toronto Blue Jays, are off to a quieter start this season, averaging just over four runs per game while posting a losing home record through their first 35 games, dropping them to +1400 after opening the campaign at +1000.

The Blue Jays are joined at +1400 by the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, ahead of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals at +1600, while the surging Seattle Mariners have climbed from +4000 to a solid +1800.

MLB games today: Schedule, start times, matchups, Peacock live stream info for today’s baseball games

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The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 12:00 PM ET on Peacock. See below for additional information on how to watch today’s Blue Jays vs Pirates matchup and the full Sunday schedule of games.

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What MLB games are on today?

(All times are listed as ET)

Blue Jays @ Pirates – 12:05 PM

Athletics @ Orioles – 1:35 PM

Rangers @ Red Sox – 1:35 PM

Marlins @ Braves – 1:35 PM

Rockies @ Reds – 1:40 PM

Royals @ Tigers – 1:40 PM

Nationals @ Mets – 1:40 PM

Yankees @ Rays – 1:40 PM

Twins @ White Sox – 2:10 PM

Cubs @ Cardinals – 2:15 PM

Mariners @ Guardians – 2:40 PM

Phillies @ Giants – 4:05 PM

Astros @ Angels – 4:07 PM

Brewers @ Diamondbacks – 4:10 PM

Padres @ Dodgers – 7:08 PM


How to watch Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • When: Sunday, September 4
  • Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Time: 12:00 p.m ET (live coverage begins at 11:30)
  • Live Stream: Watch live on Peacock

How to watch the MLB on Peacock:                           

Baseball is back and for the first time ever MLB games are coming to Peacock this May, featuring a total of 18 Sunday match ups. Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch MLB games live on Sunday mornings!

In addition to MLB games, Peacock will also feature a new MLB hub which will include access to highlight packages and award-winning documentaries from the MLB Film & Video Archive.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates live on Peacock: How to watch, stream, start time, TV channel for MLB Sunday Leadoff game

It's the Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates this Sunday on Peacock! Find out how to watch/live stream the game!
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It’s the Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates this Sunday, September 4 at 12:00 PM ET on Peacock. 18 MLB games will be featured on the streaming service this season. Live coverage begins at 11:30 a.m ET. See below for additional information on how to watch the game.

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Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays currently sit third in the AL East which puts them in the third and final Wild Card spot if playoffs were to start today. The team has had to overcome a lot of challenges this season so far, including adjusting to interim manager John Schneider, after Toronto parted ways with manager Charlie Montoyo on July 13, but starting pitcher Ross Stripling says that the team has learned to bounce back in spite of adversity.

“I think the word that’s going to follow the 2022 Blue Jays for years to come is ‘streaky,’” Stripling told reporters at MLB.com. “We’ve had more highs and lows this year than any team I’ve been a part of. You won’t see us get too down, because after lows, we’ve had a lot of highs. I think we’re ready to start playing good baseball again.”

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates sit last in NL Central and have the third worst record in Major League Baseball. The team’s bullpen and rotation have struggled all season long and having a young roster has made it difficult for the Pirates to find their identity. Team General Manager Ben Cherington has made it clear that the Pirates will work to find long-term solutions to these struggles in the offseason.

“We understand going into this offseason that one of the ways going forward is to identify areas of the team where we have maybe what you’d call a black hole, where we’re just not getting enough production from this spot or these spots,” Cherington told reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s on us in baseball operations to find a way to solve that going into next year.”

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How to watch Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • When: Sunday, September 4
  • Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Time: 12:00 p.m ET (live coverage begins at 11:30)
  • Live Stream: Watch live on Peacock

How to watch the MLB on Peacock:                           

Baseball is back and for the first time ever MLB games are coming to Peacock this May, featuring a total of 18 Sunday match ups. Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch MLB games live on Sunday mornings!

In addition to MLB games, Peacock will also feature a new MLB hub which will include access to highlight packages and award-winning documentaries from the MLB Film & Video Archive.