By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The Oddsmakers have finally dropped the Angels in the rankings. At +1600, they are still not down as far as I would put them, however they are outside the top 10 now.
As you will see in a post this weekend done by Hunter Stokes, I am still surprised to see the Yankees more of an underdog than the Boston Red Sox.
In his report, Hunter will show you the age of both teams is similar – while the lineups are more comparable in 2014 then they were in 2013.
Tampa Bay is still the class of the bunch at +2000. In some Vegas Casino’s – this club may be posted as more of a favorite, but at http://www.bet365.com, they are still at that mark.
Last week, I bet the Rangers (+1100), Rays +(2000) and Giants (+2500). Each bet placed the return at near the $380 mark – while my total wager cash was $64.
This represents a 6 – 1 odd.
The Rangers and Rays are both interesting picks in my view.
If Tampa Bay falls out of contention before the Trade Deadline, I also believe they will trade David Price. The club would need to be below .500 – and at least 9 or 10 games back from a playoff spot.
The Price to Texas rumors will then heat up again.
Should Tampa Bay and Texas both make the playoffs in any capacity, they have the pitching to go far, and other than the Tigers, no other AL teams have as much depth or talent for chuckers.
The Nationals, Cardinals and Dodgers should all win their respective divisions in the NL, yet I hate all of their odds.
I like the Giants to potentially steal a WILD CARD NL berth, and depending on a couple of star injuries to the Dodgers, you never know about the West either.
The Giants won in 2010 and 2012, so is it so unfathomable for them to win in 2014 again either?
The Mariners also have tremendous value. I have seen them listed as high as +2000 in some Vegas odds placed.
At +3300 here, this is a good pick.
Their Starting Pitching might just pull off a 2010 maneuver like the San Francisco Giants did.
This team jumped from +4000 – +3300 after signing Robinson Cano. Now they are said to be dangling a contract to Nelson Cruz.
If this franchise nets that guy, you have a nice combo of Cano and he in the middle of the lineup.
The Mariners are also armed with a bevy of prospects they could deal to stack the team mid season.
Perhaps not one other team may see a bigger attendance influx in the MLB – than this PAC NW organization in 2014.
I know I am happy, as I have purchased 20 games worth of tickets in Seattle already for this year.
So now the MLB Reports staff has bet on 5 of the 30 teams in the MLB to win the World Series. Who you got?
Odds To Win The 2014 World Series
1. LA Dodgers +700
2. Washington Nationals +800
3. Detroit Tigers +900
T4. St. Louis Cardinals +1000
T4. Boston Red Sox +1000
6. Texas Rangers +1100
7. New York Yankees +1200
T8. Oakland Athletics +1400
T8. Atlanta Braves +1400
10. Cincinnati Reds +1500
11. Los Angeles Angels +1600
12. Toronto Blue Jays +1800
13. Tampa Bay Rays +1800
T14. Kansas City Royals +2500
T14. Cleveland Indians +2500
T14. San Francisco Giants +2500
T14. Pittsburgh Pirates +2500
T14. Baltimore Orioles +2500
T19. Arizona Diamondbacks +3300
T19. Seattle Mariners +3300
21. Philadelphia Phillies +3500
22. Milwaukee Brewers +4000
23. Chicago White Sox +4500
T24. Chicago Cubs +5500
T24. Colorado Rockies +5500
26. San Diego Padres +6600
T27. Minnesota Twins +8000
T27. New York Mets +8000
29. Miami Marlins +10000
30. Houston Astros +25000
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