The All-Star Break is right around the corner for the boys of summer, and here at Bang the Book, we are taking a look at the 2012 World Series odds, updated as of the start of July at!

This year, more so than any other year in recent memory, there are a ton of teams that are going to have a shot of going for the World Series this year at the trade deadline. Sure, there are still teams like the New York Yankees and the back to back American League champs, the Texas Rangers that are dominating on the MLB betting lines as we expected at the outset of the year. And, it shouldn't be all that much of a surprise that they are the top two favorites at Bookmaker Sportsbook. The Yanks are +460, while the Rangers are +300.

However, the team that is the third favorite on the World Series odds is the Washington Nationals at +490. The Nats are starting to look a heck of a lot like the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, who came out of nowhere with a combination of great young pitching and clutch hitting to make the World Series. Whereas the Rays had the likes of Evan Longoria, James Shields, and David Price, the Nationals have men like Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, and Bryce Harper that are carrying the load.

In fact, as of July 3rd, 10 of the 14 teams in the American League are either in the playoffs or within 3.5 games of being in the second season. Even the team in last place, the Minnesota Twins are just 7.5 games out of the playoffs as we speak and have to think that they can get back into the chase for the playoffs with a good run.

In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to snap their dastardly 20-season streak of losing records in a row, if the playoffs started today, they would be in. Even those typically lowly Pirates are +3000 on the odds to win the World Series, and they certainly are a team that shouldn't be messed with. Think that there are a lot of teams in the American League that are in the chase for the second season? In the National League, there are eight teams that are above .500, and that doesn't even include last year's NL West champs, the Arizona Diamondbacks or the team that started off the year as the World Series favorites, the Philadelphia Phillies. One would think that 12 of the 16 teams in the NL at least have a shot of getting into the second season at this point, as there are only eight games separating the Phils, who have the 12th best record in the league, and the Pirates, who would be the last Wild Card in the field.

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The Yankees and Rangers are proven, and the Phillies and Red Sox are amongst the teams that have playoff pedigree that could be set to go on a run in the second half of the season. Want to back one of those or one of the up and coming teams that could shock the world and claim baseball's biggest prize? Do it at Bookmaker Sportsbook sign up now with Bookmaker Bonus Code BM20 and get 20% on your opening Deposit!

Updated Odds To Win the 2012 World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks +2200
Atlanta Braves +2000
Baltimore Orioles +4000
Boston Red Sox +1400
Chicago White Sox +1500
Cincinnati Reds +800
Cleveland Indians +6000
Detroit Tigers +1800
Kansas City Royals +9500
Los Angeles Angels +715
Los Angeles Dodgers +2300
Miami Marlins +5000
Milwaukee Brewers +1500
New York Mets +3000
New York Yankees +460
Oakland Athletics +2000
Philadelphia Phillies +1900
Pittsburgh Pirates +3000
San Francisco Giants +950
St. Louis Cardinals +900
Tampa Bay Rays +2500
Texas Rangers +300
Toronto Blue Jays +3000
Washington Nationals +490