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World Series Betting Odds – Phillies, Yankees Still Leading The Way Ahead Of The Regular Season
Sports betting players should have a close eye on spring training to see how their favorite players are getting ready for the regular season, but the pool of teams that have a chance to win the World Series is quite small, although anything can happen.
It should be no surprise that the stalwarts from Philadelphia and New York are the World Series betting favorites in what should be an intense and entertaining Major League Baseball campaign.
The Los Angeles Angels (+600) threw their name into the MLB betting ring with their acquisitions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, announcing themselves as the main threat to Texas (+850) in the American League West, as well as the league as a whole. For an offense that couldn’t keep with the Rangers, adding Pujols to go with a healthy (they hope) Kendry Morales and that is a heavy lineup for anyone, not to mention their pitching led by Jared Weaver, Dan Haren and Wilson, the former Ranger. Texas replaced Wilson with Japanese superstar Yu Darvish, who is going to get a lot of attention this season, but he appears to be ready for the stage. But how much do the Rangers have left in the tank. This season may be more mental than anything for the Rangers.
Of course, the road to the World Series could still go through Philadelphia (+400) or New York (+550), and the Yankees attempted to bolster their rotation by trading for Michael Pineda, who appears to be similar to Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia in stature and skill. The Yankees still have the requisite number of bats, but Alex Rodriguez has to stay healthy. The Phillies, until someone serves notice, still has the best trio in terms of starters with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, but Vince Worley has to step up and prove that last year was no fluke. Also, the bats need to stay healthy to get in a rhythm, although the Phillies aren’t off to a good start as Chase Utley starts the season on the disabled list because of his knees.
The Second Tier
Boston (+800) and Detroit (+800) lead the next level of MLB betting choices for the World Series, and the Red Sox have a new manager in Bobby Valentine after the Terry Francona era ended in a massive September collapse and rumors of a clubhouse run amok with chicken and beer. The Red Sox have the talent to make up for last year and they should have a chip on their shoulder. The Tigers picked up Prince Fielder to go alongside Miguel Cabrera, who moved to third base and was hit in the face with a ball. Getting Fielder became a necessity after the Tigers missed out on Pujols and Victor Martinez went down with a season-ending knee injury, but the question for Detroit is their other starters, because Justin Verlander can’t carry the rotation again (although the Cy Young winner will try).
Cincinnati (+1200), Miami (+1400) and Tampa Bay (+1650) come up next, and the Reds have a chance to take advantage of a National League Central in disarray; St. Louis (+2000) is no longer led by the duo of Pujols and manager Tony LuRussa; Milwaukee (+2500) lost Fielder and has the Ryan Braun scandal hanging over their heads. Meanwhile, the Marlins moved to Miami and starting courting all the major free agents, coming away with Mark Buerhle, Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and new manager Ozzie Guillen. The Rays didn’t do much, and that is why they are the best bet amongst this trio. The Marlins have a slew of new players that need to gel (not to mention the combustible Guillen), and the Reds, you have to wait in see. But Tampa Bay is as steady as they come and Joe Maddon may be the best manager in baseball.
Atlanta (+1800) has to get past the Phillies and Marlins in the National League East, but they, like Boston, also have to erase a September collapse that cost them a playoff spot, but they have another year of experience under their belts. San Francisco (+1600) is always a team to watch thanks to their pitching, powered by the duo of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, but they lost Carlos Beltran. The Dodgers (+3000) are a mess financially, but managed to re-sign Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw is coming off a Cy Young year.
But the two most interesting options are Washington (+1800) and Toronto (+3500), who are in the National American League East divisions, respectively, so they obviously have some obstacles. If Stephen Strasburg can’t stay healthy, then there goes the Nationals’ chances, but if he can, he galvanizes the team and they have a full training camp under Davey Johnson. The Blue Jays have to climb over the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays, but they have the bats in the lineup, led by slugger Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie, who has fantasy players salivating at a full season. If they can get some consistent pitching and the bullpen can improve, Toronto could be an excellent online betting darkhorse.
*odds subject to change
When are lines posted?
Regular Season Line Posting Schedule:
Lines are posted by 10pm ET on the night prior to the event.