The Top 5 World Series Betting Favorites
Well, the season is effectively over and done with (and has been for some time now) for the Mets, and that means that aside from following Matt Harvey’s recovery process and hoping for a splash in free agency, all that’s left for the fans in Queens is to follow the MLB playoffs from afar. The playoff picture is far from decided, with both divisional and wildcard races still open in both the AL and NL, but the true contenders seem to have emerged as we approach the final week of the season. So with that in mind, here’s a quick preview of the 5 teams with the best betting odds to take home the World Series in 2013 according to the Betfair online sports exchange, which provides updated betting odds on pretty much every major sport. Fixed odds backing each team dictate the following favorites:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (4/1 odds)
We’ve all been hearing about the Dodgers’ scintillating second half of the season pretty much non-stop now, so there’s no need to cover this one too much. All you need to do is turn on a home Dodgers game and see how many fans already have Yasiel Puig jerseys from the MLB shop, or watch the highlight of the team going for a swim to celebrate clinching the playoffs to know that this team is in a happy place right now. The Dodgers are rightful favorites.
2. Boston Red Sox (4/1 odds)
About as hot as the Dodgers, however, are the Red Sox, who are actually tied for the best odds to win the World Series. Boston’s acquisition of Jake Peavy shored up the staff, and the lineup has been clicking in its entirety in a very strong late season push. It’s starting to feel like a deep playoff run is inevitable.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (6/1 odds)
It’s a bit puzzling that the Cardinals are given the 3rd best odds, given that they have yet to wrap up their division - unlike the other 4 teams on this list. We know that St. Louis can turn it on in the playoffs, but as of now this team would seem to be a fringe contender.
4. Detroit Tigers (13/2 odds)
This team has had a somewhat shaky September, but come playoff time nobody is going to doubt a rotation featuring Justin Verlander and the suddenly Cy Young-worthy Max Scherzer - not to mention, this team can flat out hit. According to ESPN, the Tigers have the best batting average in the MLB.
5. Atlanta Braves (8/1 odds)
The Braves ran away with the NL East some time ago, and have sort of quietly coasted as one of the strongest teams in baseball. Suddenly there’s talk of a new Braves divisional dynasty. We don’t know about that, but given Atlanta’s outstanding pitching staff (boasting the MLB’s best collective ERA), they’ll be a very tough out in October.
The Top 5 World Series Betting Favorites
Look at Mr. Harvey on the cover of Sports Illustrated!
Matt Harvey, or as he’s better known (to me and me alone), Must Watch Television.
Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter ever for the New York Mets as he blanked the visiting World Series champion St Louis Cardinals 8-0 at Citi Field on Friday with the help of a big break and a big assist from outfielder Mike Baxter.
The Venezuelan struck out World Series MVP David Freese on a change-up in the dirt to end the game with his eighth strikeout and unleash a huge celebration in the middle of the diamond.
Where Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Dave Mlicki failed before, Johan Santana succeeded. Queens finally has a no-hitter to call their own.
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 SO and 134 pitches on a surgically repaired arm.
The Mets are getting in on all this social media stuff. Check out their Google+, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages.
In a pretty logical move (every other team in Major League Baseball is going this way, too), the Mets have gone and made their presence known on 3 of the hottest social networking sites going. This reblog is from the Mets’ Tumblr blog. Just below, their Pinterest page:
And last, but not least, their Google+ profile:
Click the links to check them out.
Oh yeah, just the ole fake to first, run down the very fast baseballer and tag him out move. Yeah, seen it a hundred times.
If you sped this up and looped it, you could almost hear Yakity Sax in your head. Just awesome. Sorry Maybin.
The great announcer shuffle on SNY. It’s the first time Michaels and Costas are together since BASEketball. Will they ever be able to recapture that chemistry?
The Rangers have set up a memorial account in honor of Shannon Stone, his son, Cooper, 6 yrs old.