MLB Odds – Updated World Series Futures

7276642176_96e10ac45d_zCan you believe it’s been a whole 20 days since we’ve updated our World Series futures?

As short as those three weeks might have felt, there have been some big shake ups in the odds since the start of the month. While the favorites to win the AL and NL Pennants have remained the same, the middle of the rankings are seeing lots of turnover and still boast plenty of potential value for betting the 2015 World Series.

The Royals remain the favorite in the American League, but they’ll need to keep one eye on their division rivals in Detroit. An eight-game losing streak in May and early June has the team sitting 5.5 games back in a weak AL Central. But the team received a boost last week as Victor Martinez and ace Justin Verlander returned to lineup.  The team has already been getting better pitching than the Royals from the likes of Alfredo Simon, Anibal Sanchez, and David Price.

The Royals and Tigers will face each other 12 times in the final two months, so the Tigers still have plenty of time to take back control of the Central.

Another interesting play resides in the AL East. The Yankees have climbed up to 18/1 and, while not currently leading their division, the AL East is so jumbled that one good week can put a team in the driver’s seat. The Yankees are the only team in the division that can boast both productive hitting and adequate pitching. Second in both runs scored and save percentage, the Bronx Bombers should be big buyers at the deadline (like always) and could go on a run in the AL Playoffs, which may just feature the fresh faces of the Twins and Astros.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were big movers in the National League thanks to a 13-6 June, going from 30/1 to 14/1. But it’s hard to throw too much support behind Andrew McCutchen and this Pirates group that hasn’t been able to get it done against the league’s best; see, for instance, their sweep at the hands of the Nationals – which included getting no-hit by Max Scherzer. They’ve also been taken out in the early goings of the postseason the last two seasons and it’s hard to see them getting over that hump without acquiring some more talent at the deadline.

The Orioles and the Rangers also managed to make the jump from obscurity to the outskirts, while the D-Backs, Phillies, and Brewers have bottomed out. For those that believe in mid-season turnarounds, the Padres and especially the Marlins have strong payouts and sitting 5.5 and 7.5 games back in their respective divisions.

We’ll check back in following the All-Star game and see where these teams stand.

Current 2015 World Series Futures:

  • Kansas City Royals – 15/2
  • Washington Nationals – 15/2
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 15/2
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 8/1
  • San Francisco Giants – 11/1
  • Chicago Cubs – 14/1
  • Detroit Tigers – 14/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – 14/1
  • Houston Astros – 16/1
  • New York Yankees – 18/1
  • New York Mets – 22/1
  • Los Angeles Angels – 25/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays – 25/1
  • Texas Rangers – 25/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 28/1
  • Baltimore Orioles – 28/1
  • Cleveland Indians – 28/1
  • Boston Red Sox – 33/1
  • Minnesota Twins – 33/1
  • San Diego Padres – 33/1
  • Seattle Mariners – 40/1
  • Chicago White Sox – 50/1
  • Oakland Athletics – 66/1
  • Atlanta Braves – 75/1
  • Cincinnati Reds – 150/1
  • Colorado Rockies – 150/1
  • Miami Marlins – 150/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 250/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers – 1000/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 1000/1

 

(Photo credit: Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)

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