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Which team do you think will win the 2018 World Series?

If you are one of the many millions of Americans who are baseball fans, I am sure you have a favorite. I grew up near Pittsburgh, PA. which is a real baseball city. And of course, everyone in my family was a Pirate fan.

During baseball season, we kept our radio and later our television tuned in to the Pirate games. When the game was on, my brothers and I knew better than to interrupt it by talking. If we did, we had our father to answer to and that was not a very pleasant prospect.

How good of a baseball handicapper are you? If you think you know how your team will play once the regular season opens, you may want to make a futures wager on your team to win the world series.

The Las Vegas sports books have already listed the futures odds for the teams. I happen to know which team I like. Here are some of the teams and the posted odds of their winning the World Series. The odds are constantly changing though, so if you have a favorite and want the best odds, you had better act quickly. You can make your futures bet through the Internet, or you can do what I intend to do next week -- drive to Las Vegas and make your wager in one of the casinos that has a sports book.

If you like the Houston Astros and think they will win the big prize, the odds are 5-1.

Los Angeles Dodgers fans can get 8-1 if the Dodgers win.

If you live in Cleveland, Ohio and like the Indians, the odds are 9-1.

The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are listed at 10-1.

Are you a New York Mets fan? A winning wager on the Mets will bring back 12-1 odds.

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My personal favorite and the team I plan to bet on to win the National League Pennant as well as the World Series is the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I know what you're thinking. I am from the Pittsburgh area and should be backing the Pirates which are listed as 50-1 odds to win the World Series. While my brother Legs is loyal to the Pirates, I have been carefully observing the Diamondbacks and I like what I see.

The Diamondbacks have pitching, great hitters and competent fielders who should have a great year. I think they're worth a bet and will put my money where my mouth is.

The Los Angeles Angels are listed at 16-1, the San Francisco Giants are 20-1, and the St. Louis Cardinals are 25-1. The Toronto Blue Jays are 28-1.

If you like the Seattle Mariners and get lucky, your wager will return 40-1. The Atlanta Braves are 75-1 while the following teams will pay back anywhere from 100-1 to 300-1: Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers.

Whatever team you choose, I wish you luck. But watch out for the Diamondbacks.

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