There are plenty of other teams worth talking about when glossing over the updated odds to win the 2014 World Series. The Boston Red Sox look like a great +1100 play, and it’s impossible not to get sentimental about the Pirates at +3000 or even the Oakland A’s at +2000. We’ll be badgering you about baseball as we inch closer to the season. For now, here are four teams worth banking on in the long term if you feel daring.
Updated Odds To Win The 2014 World Series
Texas Rangers (+800 to win the 2014 World Series)
The Rangers offer excitement 24/7, 365 days a year for their fans. They’re constantly making moves by addition and subtraction, such as signing Shin-Soo Choo to a $130 million contract or swinging for the fences with Prince Fielder. They wont’ have pitcher Derek Holland for the first half of the season, but Cy Young favorite Yu Darvish should be able to lead a lineup that has been pretty solid regardless. The Rangers are one of the only teams to win 90+ games in each of their last four seasons. They barely missed the (actual) playoffs last season and with added depth on their offense, the Rangers will be knocking on the Fall Classic’s door all year.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+700 to win World Series)
The opening favorite to win the World Series is the Los Angeles Dodgers, and all of this makes complete sense. The Kershaw-Grienke-Ryu rotation might be the best in all of baseball. Beyond that they’re a massive team of intrigue. Can they rip off another 42-8 SU stretch? Is Yasiel Puig a legitimate MVP candidate or a 15-minute fame whore? Is Matt Kemp going to be healthy? Do any of these questions make you nervous about investing in a 7-to-1 favorite? I mean, there’s a lot of worry here but the payout seems reasonable. The Dodgers could dominate the entire baseball season in every aspect, or they could flame out by July. I can’t wait to see what they do. As for their futures, a chip shot would be advisable but there’s no point in throwing your life savings at this number just yet.
St. Louis Cardinals (+1000 to win the 2014 World Series)
This is everything you could possible want out of a 10-to-1 team. They have a massive stable of young workhorses, no discernible weaknesses, a questionable division and they have a potential Cy Young candidate in the lesser known Michael Wacha who was an absolute beast in the second half of last season. Half the battle with pre-season futures is backing a team that can get to the post season, and the Cardinals look like they could sleep walk their way to a 95-win season. This number is only going to go down so get it while it’s hot.
Toronto Blue Jays (+4000 to win the 2014 World Series)
Remember last year when Toronto couldn’t stop making offseason news, and each acquisition drove Toronto further and further towards the front of the line? Almost unbelievably, the Blue Jays were favored heading in to the season last year at 8-to-1 but this year they’re not in the spotlight, won’t be facing as much pressure and still have one of the best rosters in the American League. Injuries really hurt this team last year as it always seems to, but the long term value here is undeniable. People loved this bunch last year as a preseason favorite. If you were one of them, then you must adore them with 40-to-1 updated odds to win the 2014 World Series.