The most recent updated set of World Series odds have been released by bookmakers online. Thus far, after a month and a half, the Detroit Tigers are playing as many expected, as they sport the league’s best record.
Before opening day, odds makers such as Bovada and betonline had the Tigers sitting at 8 to 1 to win the World Series. Their odds were the shortest in the American League.
However, due to their strong start to this season, the Tigers have seen their odds shortened to just 5 to 1 on topbet and sportsbook.com.
At 27-13, the Tigers own the best record in baseball and the second best differential in runs at +54. Only the Oakland Athletics are ahead of the Tigers with +94.
Detroit has won six of its past 7 including sweeping the Boston Red Sox, the defending champions at Fenway Park over the weekend.
Detroit is ninth in baseball in runs scored. However, their best hitter and likely the best in baseball, Miguel Cabrera is now starting to get on track.
During the Boston series, Cabrera had 7 hits in 12 at bats and is batting .375 for May. In Monday’s 10-inning loss to Cleveland, Cabrera had 3 hits in 5 at bats.
Besides Cabrera, the Tigers have hitters like Victory Martinez who is hitting .331 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. Martinez has hit 10 home runs, while striking out just 9 times this season.
If offense was not enough, the pitching staff for Detroit is heating up. Max Scherzer the team’s ace has an ERA of just 1.83. Detroit has the best ERA in the league for starters with 2.65.
Justin Verlander was the dominant pitcher in the American League between 2009 and 2012. This year he is still sporting just a 3.15 ERA, which is great number for many, expect Verlander.
Add to those two the solid pitching of Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly and you have one of the league’s best starting rotations.
Detroit thus far is living up to its preseason hype and figures as it has taken over the top spot as the favorite for the World Series from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Futures 2014 World Series Champion
Detroit Tigers 5 to 1
Los Angele Dodgers 6 to 1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 to 1
Oakland A’s 8 to 1
Washington Nationals 10 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.