Major League Baseball is still very early into its 2014 regular season, but odds makers have made adjustments to their futures boards for the World Series.
The Baltimore Orioles price continues to shrink thanks in part to an American League East that continues to struggle. The Orioles currently sit atop the weak division by 1 ½ games over both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
The AL East looked to be during the preseason the best overall division in baseball. That could very well turn out to be true, but thus far, it is looking nowhere near as strong as expected.
Just prior to the start of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays sat atop the division as co-favorites at 12 to 1. However, the Rays are currently 5 ½ games out of first place and in the AL East cellar.
Leading the division are the Orioles. Four teams in the AL East hold negative run differentials including the first-place Orioles with a minus-2.
Because of that, odds maker at Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline have not made that much of an adjustment to the Orioles.
Baltimore might lead the AL East, but the Orioles are still a long shot at 25 to 1. The Orioles opened the season at 30 to 1 to win the World Series.
There are still five months and well over 125 regular season games away from the records becoming quite significant. Baltimore nevertheless, has a strong team offensively, but is suspect on the mound.
Matt Wieters the Orioles catcher will be missed, but with Manny Machado and Chris Davis back in the Baltimore lineup, the Orioles still have a powerful and deep lineup.
Pitching however has not been a bright spot for Baltimore. Ubaldo Jimenez however has had two consecutive strong outings, suggesting that he might not be as bad a pitcher as he looked during April.
Even though the pitching trails the offense for the Orioles, one should not turn his or her back on Baltimore for 2014.
The Red Sox and Yankees showed that you could reach the postseason by slugging your way there, despite having average or even worse, poor pitching and once there anything could happen.
The Orioles do not have the offense the Red Sox or Yankees had but are playing in a division where four of the teams are in neutral or stuck in reverse.
The leaders at the top of the odds makers list for the World Series have not changed, but some odds have shortened slightly since last week.
Updated 2014 World Series Futures
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 6 to 1
DETROIT TIGERS 6 to 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 8 to 1
OAKLAND A’S 10 to 1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 12 to 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12 to 1
NEW YORK YANKEES 14 to 1
BOSTON RED SOX 14 to 1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 14 to 1
ATLANTA BRAVES 14 to 1