Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oddsmakers like Reds and Rangers in the World Series



After today, there remains only one more week of the 2012 MLB regular season. Many teams still hold at least an outside shot at winning the World Series (16), while 14 others have already been eliminated. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas are well aware of this fact, and have adjusted their outlooks accordingly.

With that in mind, here are the World Series odds for the remaining teams in contention, courtesy of Bovada.com:

Atlanta Braves - 12/1
Baltimore Orioles - 15/1
Chicago White Sox - 18/1
Cincinnati Reds - 11/2
Detroit Tigers - 14/1
Los Angeles Angels - 20/1
Los Angeles Dodgers - 33/1
Milwaukee Brewers - 35/1
New York Yankees - 6/1
Oaklands Athletics - 20/1
Philadelphia Phillies - 66/1
San Francisco Giants - 7/1
St. Louis Cardinals - 15/1
Tampa Bay Rays - 40/1
Texas Rangers - 17/4
Washington Nationals - 13/2

Here are the American League Pennant odds for the eight remaining teams in contention:

Baltimore Orioles - 7/1
Chicago White Sox - 8/1
Detroit Tigers - 7/1
Los Angeles Angels - 10/1
New York Yankees - 13/4
Oakland Athletics - 8/1
Tampa Bay Rays - 20/1
Texas Rangers - 19/10

And here are the National League Pennant odds for the eight remaining teams in contention, also courtesy of Bovada:

Atlanta Braves - 7/1
Cincinnati Reds - 9/4
Los Angeles Dodgers - 16/1
Milwaukee Brewers - 16/1
Philadelphia Phillies - 25/1
San Francisco Giants - 15/4
St. Louis Cardinals - 8/1
Washington Nationals - 5/2

According to these odds, here's how the postseason would unfold.

AL Wild Card Play-In
- Baltimore over Oakland

NL Wild Card Play-In
- Atlanta over St. Louis

ALDS
- New York over Chicago
- Texas over Baltimore

NLDS
- Cincinnati over San Francisco
- Washington over Atlanta

ALCS
- Texas over New York

NLCS
- Cincinnati over Washington

World Series
- Texas over Cincinnati

As last season would indicate, I doubt this is the precise way the postseason goes down. Anything can happen and rarely does "chalk" win out.

However, I can see a definitely see a scenario where the Reds and Rangers meet in the Series.

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