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