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It is time to place your bets on the World Series. The Washington Nationals are your favorites to win the whole thing at +450. The Tigers, Angels and Dodgers are both next at all tied for +500.
To round out the teams in sequence…5 – Baltimore is at +700, 6 – St. Louis at +900, 7 – Oakland at +1100, 8 – San Fran at +1400, and the Royals and the Bucs are the biggest odds on the board at +1600 for 9th.
At first glance I see the pattern. The Nationals are the most deep team across the board, with having all 4 starters as potential aces in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.
Each one of the players in the positional lineup, were over right near of plus.400 for Slugging Percentage, and this doesn’t even include Ryan Zimmerman – who will be an awesome bat off the bench at least to start.
The Dodgers have the premiere pitcher in the last 4 regular seasons in Clayton Kershaw, while no team has played in more playoff games since 2011 than the Zombie St. Louis Cardinals.
The Tigers have won 4 straight Division Titles, and may have the easier path of resistance in this year’s playoff, than any other year.
Detroit has drawn and injury depleted Orioles club, and they will face either Oakland, Kansas City or Los Angeles in the 2nd round. All teams that have a holes in their lineup somehow.
You have to think the ‘Motown Boys” are actually far better than they were heading into the 2013 World Series.
If Justin Verlander can be his vintage self, than Detroit will be fully hard to compete with.
Victor Martinez was awesome in the 2013 playoffs, and I expect no difference in 2014.
Kinsler as a bonafide leadoff man for the 2010 and 2011 AL representatives in the World Series, gives them an element they have not had.
The Bullpen will always be the issues for this organization, and it may all depend on how well they pitch again.
Oakland it is the favorite among the 4 Wild Card combatants, and if they can win tonight, will enter a playoff year with their best ever rotation.
I would not wager any of the top 5 teams for this ordeal. Thankfully I hammered the Tigers back in April when they were +1200, after a tough 1st week.
If St. Louis wins game #1 with playoff assassin Adam Wainwright, I may put some dollars on the Cards to take out the Dodgers, although I still envision that Kershaw will get the better of St. Louis at home in Game 1.
I am extremely surprised the Angels are ranked 2, with the amount of health concerns the team had down the stretch. Stay away from them by all means.
I am not saying they won’t win in the 1st round… I have predicted them to win over Oakland in 5 games of the ALDS.
Detroit should provide the Angels the stiffest competition, but maybe the O’s will take them out for Los Angeles.
The Nationals should break their playoff spell of 2012, and move onto the NLCS, with a big 1st round win versus either the Pirates or Giants.
It was a great thing that Washington secured home advantage for the National League playoffs, as they hold all decisive games at Nats Park then.
I am also tired of the St. Louis Cardinals and Giants in the postseason, so it would be nice to see a Nationals and Dodgers NLCS.
You could make the same case for the Tigers, but they haven’t cashed in 2 titles like those teams have done recently.
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