Handicapping Each Team’s Odds To Win The World SeriesNoah Williams
The 2013 MLB regular season has undoubtedly been one of the stranger ones in recent memory. Still, that doesn’t mean that baseball bettors can’t cash in on some postseason wagering opportunities.
As a matter of fact, doing so may be a whole lot easier than you can imagine.
Let’s take a look at each team’s chances of actually cashing in against these value-packed World Series Odds.
Los Angeles Dodgers +250
The Dodgers are favored to beat the Atlanta Braves despite not having home field advantage. There are also reports that manager Don Mattingly could be fired if they don’t win this series. Um…maybe the former Yankees’ great may want to start packing.
Boston Red Sox +300
The BoSox went from worst to first and could very well win it all – if their so-so pitching holds up and the team’s generally incendiary hitters stay that way.
Detroit Tigers +500
It’s got to be a nice luxury to have a gifted player like Miguel Cabrera. One swing of his mighty bat can win a game for the Tigers – or dispatch a pesky opponent. Oh, did I forget to mention that Detroit has three Cy Young-caliber pitchers on the roster?
St Louis Cardinals +500
I wonder if Albert Pujols is kicking himself in the rear end for leaving this winning franchise. If not he should be after joining an L.A. Angels team that since his arrival, can’t get out of its own way! 12 postseason appearances in the last 13 years tells me this team knows how to win no matter who is playing – or managing – apparently.
Oakland Athletics +800
The small market A’s just keep churning out cheap fantastic young players that eventually bounce on the franchise faster than a 1970s ‘super ball’.
Atlanta Braves +900
There’s no Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine or John Smoltz on the roster…is there?
Pittsburgh Pirates +1800
I’d love to see the Pittsburgh Pirates win it all, but maybe I’m just reliving my youth. Ha…I wish! Seriously though, this team has shocked and surprised all season long, so why should the postseason be any different?
Tampa Bay Rays +2500
The Rays may have baseball’s best manager in Joe Maddon, but what they don’t have is very many quality hitters – or very much depth on their pitching staff.
Analysis: I’m going to advise MLB Baseball betting buffs to back the Boston red Sox and Detroit Tigers to reach the American League Championship Series, though I won’t reveal my winner just yet.
I love Detroit’s three starting pitchers, not to mention their powerful batting order. The same thoughts apply to the Boston red Sox, though I’m not nearly as enamored with their quality of starting pitching.
Over in the National League, I believe MLB gamblers should look to back the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves to reach the NLCS, though I really would like to see Pittsburgh advance.
The Cardinals can score runs and shut down opposing teams, even if they’re not very flashy in doing so. As far as the Braves are concerned, I like their pitching and defense, not to mention home field advantage against the Dodgers.