Odds to Win the 2014 World Series

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labour, however risking all a huge chunk of their team salary on a player - who might see a harsh decline in his production - based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn't delve into.  Perhaps with the outcome of the meeting the club had with Cano, it has effectively burned the bridges between the two parties?  The M's are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should take the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labor, however risking  a huge chunk of their team salary on a player – who might see a harsh decline in his production – based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn’t have delved into.  The M’s are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should take the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.  While the ramifications of the Cano deal might blow up long-term, look for this team to be better for the next couple of years.  They also make our ‘good valued teams’ for Winning the 2014 World Series.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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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.

This is Lead Writer Sully's ticket from the Bellagio in Vegas.  If you are in the area - and can still receive the 200/1 odds for the Marlins to win the World Series - than do it.  On the bet365.com website, they are only valued at half of that.  While it is unlikely to ever happen, it might be worth a few pesos..At least they have a #1 pitcher.

This is Lead Writer Sully’s tickets from the Bellagio in Vegas. If you are in the area – and can still receive the 200/1 odds for the Marlins to win the World Series – than do it.

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.

Texas picked up Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, while they will lose Nelson Cruz, and Derek Holland starts the year on injured reserve.

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.

I feel Texas can offer a package of Leonys Martin, Martin Perez + another couple of prospects – while receiving Price and a OF back in return (maybe David DeJesus) or someone of that ilk.

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.

San Francisco also possesses enough streaky hitters like Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence – and Angel Pagan, to warrant a flier on the club.

Their Rotation guys are just as streaky.  Guys like Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong all have spurts of ace like qualities.

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.

Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma were both in the CY Young race last year – and Taijuan Walker and James Paxton could both be headed for Rookie Of The Years this campaign.

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.

When you add Kyle Seager, Corey Hart – and if any of Justin Smoak, Mike Saunders or Nick Franklin can break out, then this team may be at the sleeper team in the 2014 season.

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

odds brought to you by www.bet365.com

Please note that it is illegal for US citizens to gamble in most States. 

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Lead Writer Sully was able to purchase a ticker for both of the Marlins and Astros at 200/1 odds.  While this was a great deal for the Marlins, the Astros are listed as 250 /1 by www.bet365.com.  Sully did well overall, as the Marlins are only listed as 100/1 to win the 2014 World Series by the UK entity.

Lead Writer Sully was able to purchase a ticket for both of the Marlins and Astros at 200/1 odds – to win the World Series. While this was a great deal for the Marlins, the Astros are listed as 250 /1 by http://www.bet365.com. Sully did well overall, as the Marlins are only listed as 100/1 to win the 2014 World Series by the UK entity.  Just for your info, our pal Sully picked these with the full intention of knowing these were the biggest longshots on the board.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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