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Who can challenge the Astros?

  • Who can challenge the Astros?

    HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros and Alex Bregman #2 hold the World Series Trophy during the Houston Astros Victory Parade on November 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 to win the 2017 World Series. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros are World Series champions but that certainly hasn’t stopped anyone from talking about what will have happen a year on from now when another World Series has been run and won.

The young core that the Astros possess has them in good stead for a number of years to come and they will look to improve their squad for next season, especially in their bullpen which had the potential to cost them dearly when it mattered most.

With the 2018 season set to see a number of sides challenge the Astros for the crown, here are the main contenders to dethrone the Astros as the kings of baseball.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers, who are second favourites to go one better next year with CrownBet are unlikely to make any major changes to their squad.

Whenever a team loses at any point in the playoffs, many are quick to make knee-jerk reactions about what moves they should make, however after a 100+ win season this year, the squad won’t be leaving any stone unturned when it comes to the back end of next season.

Cleveland Indians

The Indians blew a big opportunity to make back-to-back World Series appearances this year and Jose Ramirez will look to take them back to the promised land next year.

They have a number of key off-season decisions to make but there’s no reason to suggest they won’t be World Series contenders once again in 2018.

Chicago Cubs

Your average baseball fan may not appreciate how hard it is to go back-to-back as MLB champions but much like their 2016 World Series opponents, we can’t see the Cubs slowing down anytime soon.

They will also need to update their relief pitchers but their tasteful odds leave them in a strong position going forward.

New York Yankees

After a season that saw them overachieve their way to the ALCS, there will be plenty of eyes on the Yankees next year as they look to build on the season just gone.

It could be a hit or miss year for a club firmly with their eye on long term success.

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