Washington Nationals Top World Series Futures Heading to …

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Spring Training will start soon across South Florida and the desert southwest, even though it is the dead of winter in the majority of the U.S. A number of teams will start reporting this week to their spring training facilities with the pitchers and catchers reporting first.

In just a few short weeks, the teams will be ready to start their spring training schedules and prepare for the 2015 season.

According to one online report, many of the Major League Baseball’s 30 teams will have pitchers and catchers reporting starting today February 12 and all camps are open officially starting February 20.

The upcoming season could see big changes for teams, as the offseason was busy with a number of trades and big free agent signings.

According to Bovada and sportsbook.com, the team with the best odds to win the World Series is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals hit the jackpot this past offseason when they signed Max Scherzer to a $200 million seven-year deal. When Scherzer is added to a staff that is considered by most one of the league’s best, many teams will dread three- and four-game series with Washington.
One of big surprises on the futures board for the World Series is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs made significant changes during the offseason, including signing Joe Maddon to manage the club. However, the club is 16 to 1 and in front of teams such as Kansas City, Baltimore, the Yankees and Detroit and that is a big stretch.

According to topbet and betonline, the Cubs have been cellar dwellers the last two seasons and next to last the two seasons prior to that.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are second on the list due to their strong starting rotation that compares with that of Washington. When the Dodgers and Nationals meet, the over under could be low as 1 or 2. Just kidding, but that just underscores the strength the two pitching staffs have.

The season is long, injuries are always a play away and these odds will be adjusted up and down like a yo-yo between now and October.

2015 World Series Odds

Washington Nationals 6 to 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 13 to 2
Los Angeles Angels 10 to 1
St. Louis Cardinals 12 to 1
Boston Red Sox 14 to 1
Seattle Mariners 14 to 1
Chicago White Sox 15 to 1
San Francisco Giants 15 to 1
Chicago Cubs 16 to 1
San Diego Padres 18 to 1
Detroit Tigers 20 to 1

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Washington Nationals Move To Top of World Series Futures

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It may be just mid January, with the NFL preparing for the Super Bowl, the NCAA for March Madness and the NBA for the All-Star break.

However, odds makers have released their futures for the World Series to be played in October.

This offseason has been relatively quiet for Major League Baseball, but that ended when Max Scherzer signed a $210 million seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals.

Upon the signing, the Nationals moved up to the top spot on the MLB Futures board as well as on Bovada and betonline for the World Series. The Nationals had their odds shrink to 5 to 1 to win the World Series.

Washington was priced following the Winter Meetings at 8 to 1, but passed the Dodgers and are now the new favorite to win the 2015 World Series.

With Scherzer in the fold, the Nats have a rotation of Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. With a rotation like that, it is safe to say it is the best in baseball.

While the signing of Scherzer was certainly a big deal, the depth of their rotation might allow them to solidify their weaknesses, most notably the infield.

It is quite possible this is not the last of the signings by the Nationals during the offseason.

The Detroit Tiger, the team that lost Scherzer saw their odds to win the World Series double to 20 to 1 from 10 to 1.

Nobody will likely feel sorry for the Tigers, as their rotation will be led by the talented southpaw David Price and their batting order by Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers should once again be very strong.

The Dodgers have not been as active in the trade or free agent market as they were last season, with the exception of trading Matt Kemp their talented outfielder to San Diego. Nevertheless, with their strong pitching rotation the Dodgers are a strong second on the futures board.

The futures will undoubtedly see many more movements before the regular season starts in April. However, on this day, the Nationals are at the top of the board on both topbet and sportsbook.com.

2015 World Series Futures

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 5 to 1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 6 to 1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 8 to 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 12 to 1
SEATTLE MARINERS 12 to 1
BOSTON RED SOX 14 to 1
CHICAGO CUBS 14 to 1
DETROIT TIGERS 20 to 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 20 to 1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 20 to 1

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New Updated World Series Futures

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Major Baseball is well into its second half as the season starts to wind toward the home stretch of August and September.

Starting the season, the American League East was predicted by some bookmakers to be one of baseball’s strongest divisions.

The New York Yankees had spent millions during the offseason to reload their roster, the Boston Red Sox would be defending their World Series title, while the Tampa Bay Rays had been able to get great production from a roster that was made with limited flexibility financially.

However, the three teams have been mediocre at best and the Yankees are currently 25 to 1 on Bovada and sportsbook.com to win the World Series, while the Red Sox and Rays on topbet and betonline sit at 50 to 1.

Regardless of how well those three teams have played, the AL East should have a big finish since all five teams are close together. From top to bottom, the difference is just 8 games.

The Baltimore Orioles now lead the division and are 16 to 1 on the updated World Series futures. Baltimore is four games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees, 7 ½ in front of Boston and 8 in front of Tampa Bay.

Baltimore is now at 8 to 1 on the futures board to be the American League representative in the World Series. However, the Orioles will have to worry about the Yankees and Blue Jays, and the recently resurgent Red Sox who have won 8 of 10 and the Rays winners of 7 of 10.

The Red Sox and Rays have both been mentioned as teams that could sell top name players such as David Price from Tampa and Andrew Miller and Koji Uehera from Boston.

However, the Rays have won 14 of their past 18 and Boston 8 of its past 10. The upcoming 10 days might determine if either of the two teams takes a gamble to win the AL East or caves in and makes trades to rebuild for another season.

With Boston returning to its form of late last season and Tampa with one of the best managers in the league, it would not be shocking to see one of the two or both battling down to the wire at the end of September for the AL East title.

Current 2014 World Series Futures

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 9 to 2

OAKLAND A’S 9 to 2

DETROIT TIGERS 5 to 1

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 8 to 1

LOS ANGELES ANGELS 8 to 1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 10 to 1

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12 to 1

ATLANTA BRAVES 16 to 1

BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16 to 1

TORONTO BLUE JAYS 20 to 1

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Oakland A’s Odds Shortened for World Series After …

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The Major League Baseball summer classic, the All-Star Game is quickly approaching which is the figurative midpoint of the season.

Although teams have played more than half their schedule, the All-Star break is a midpoint breather for teams battling for a division title or a wildcard berth in the playoffs.

The latest World Series Futures have been updated and released with the Oakland A’s sitting at the top with their odds shortened from 9 to 2 to 4 to 1.

The trade deadline comes in August and will have a big impact on the futures of teams for the World Series. Last week a trade was made by the A’s that already has impacted the World Series Futures.

Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, two starting pitchers, from the Chicago Cubs for two minor league prospects.

Several teams were after Samardzija the Chicago ace, but Oakland surprised the league by acquiring him.

The move shortened the odds for Oakland on Bovada and topbet, and put the other teams in baseball on notice that the A’s were gearing up for the stretch run to October.

The Oakland pitching staff already had the No. 2 team ERA in the league and with Hammel and Samardjiza the A’s likely have the best starting rotation in the American League, and if it were not for the Los Angeles Dodgers the A’s would have the best in baseball.

Oakland owns the best record in baseball at 55-33, but is only 3.5 games in front of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Angels have shortened their futures from 12 to 1 to 10 to 1, on betonline and sportsbook.com.

With the two wildcard berths available in each league, it is much more important to win the division and avoid a one-game play-in.

Samardzija showed in his debut on Sunday with Oakland why the A’s let a top prospect go in the trade. The powerful right-hander tossed one-run ball over seven innings to win.

With he and Hammel added to a the A’s rotation Oakland now has Scott Kazmir with an ERA of 2.53, Sonny Gray at 3.08 and Chavez at 3.23.

Oakland already has strengthened its hold on the American League. Though the pitching staff has been discussed for the most part of late when mentioning the A’s, the club has one of the best hitting lineups as well.

The A’s are first in runs scored with 444, second in on base percentage and eighth in slugging percentage.

2014 World Series Futures

OAKLAND A’S 4 to 1

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 9 to 2

DETROIT TIGERS 9 to 2

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10 to 1

LOS ANGELES ANGELS 10 to 1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 12 to 1

ATLANTA BRAVES 12 to 1

MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12 to 1

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 15 to 1

BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16 to 1

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Updated World Series Odds, Blue Jays in Top 10

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Another week has passed and another updated World Series futures list has been released.

Prior to the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, it looked as though the American League East division would be back to its elite status as one of the strongest from top to bottom.

The 2013 World Series was won by the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees opened their wallets after missing out on the postseason for just the second time since the 1994 season and Tampa Bay were the same, which says they were highly competitive even though they lack top name stars.

However, the AL East has now become the AL Least, when many had thought it would be the AL Beast. At the head of the class, this week in the division is the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have won 7 straight and 9 of 10 to take a two game lead over the Yankees.

Tampa Bay is 7 games back in fourth place and the defending World Series champion Red Sox are 8 games back having just ended a losing streak of 10 games with a win on Monday night.

With their recent play, the Blue Jays nearly cut their World Series odds in half from the previous week. Last week Toronto was priced at 30 to 1 and now is sitting at 16 to 1 moving to the 10th shortest odds on Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com.

The AL East has just three teams playing over .500 and just one team, the Blue Jays, with a positive run-differential, which is +23.

The Yankees are at -6, the Red Sox at -27 and the Rays, with their pitching strength are at -18. The remaining team in the East, the Baltimore Orioles who were at the top of the division for a short stint are -6, despite having one of the stronger lineups top to bottom on paper.

When strong lineups come to mind, one thinks of the powerful Blue Jays offense that has helped them to their spot at the top including a sweep of the Oakland A’s just last weekend.

Toronto fans were hoping for this after trading for Jose Reyes and signing Melky Cabrera to set up for Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.

However, remember that four plus months remains on the schedule and even though the offense is strong, the Blue Jays pitching staff is currently 24th in baseball with an ERA of 4.15.

Updated Odds for 2014 World Series

DETROIT TIGERS 9 to 2

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 6 to 1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 7 to 1

OAKLAND A’s 8 to 1

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 10 to 1

LOS ANGELES ANGELS 12 to 1

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 12 to 1

ATLANTA BRAVES 12 to 1

NEW YORK YANKEES 16 to 1

TORONTO BLUE JAYS 16 to 1

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Orioles Shorten World Series Odds, Dodgers Remain on Top

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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

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Updated 2014 World Series Odds Released by Bookmakers

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Odds makers released new updated World Series odds on Monday. Starting the season, the Oakland A’s have grabbed the best record in the American League, which has helped to shorten their odds to win the Fall Classic.

When Bovada and topbet posted their odds online before the opening game of the Major League Baseball season, the Oakland A’s were 16 to 1 to win the 2014 World Series.

During spring training, Oakland lost two starting pitchers to injuries. Jarrod Parker had to undergo Tommy John surgery, while A.J. Griffin suffered tendinitis in his right flexor.

Griffin might return to the A’s rotation by late May or early June. However, Parker with his reconstructive surgery is lost to Oakland for the entire season.

However, the injury setbacks have not stopped the A’s from racing out to the best overall record in the American League at 13-6.

Oakland shortened its odds from 16 to 1 to 14 to 1 to start last week. This week the A’s shortened them further to 12 to 1, according to betonline and sportsbook.com.

Oakland’s strong 2014 start is attributable to strong pitching with Scott Kazmir having an ERA of 1.65, Jesse Chavez an ERA of 1.38 and an average of 9.7 K’s per 9 innings and Sonny Gray with an ERA of 1.80 and 8.3 K’s per 9 innings.

The three pitchers have made it easier for Oakland to get over the injuries to Parker and Griffin. As of Monday, the A’s pitching staff had a team ERA of just 2.48.

Gray had a strong season last year with over 9 strikeouts per 9 innings and an ERA of 2.67, while Kazmir finished his season strong for the Cleveland Indians.

However, Chavez has come from nowhere to be a huge stabilizing factor for the starting rotation in Oakland. The majority of his career has been in the bullpen and that has not been all that great with a career ERA of 5.08. Chavez this season has been nothing short of fantastic.

Even though the A’s have had strong pitching from their starting rotation to start the season, the fast start by the A’s would not have been possible if the team did not have a strong offensive unit to complement its pitching staff.

The A’s OPS at .756 is the fourth best and the team has scored 87 runs which is the sixth most in the league.

Bovada points out that the A’s are the two-time defending champs of the American League West so a strong start to this season does not come as that big of a surprise to baseball fans.

Odds for 2014 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 1

St. Louis Cardinals 6 to 1

Detroit Tigers 7 to 1

Washington Nationals 8 to 1

Oakland Athletics 12 to 1

Boston Red Sox 14 to 1

New York Yankees 14 to 1

Texas Rangers 16 to 1

Atlanta Braves 16 to 1

San Francisco Giants 16 to 1

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