Major League Baseball’s July 31st trade deadline is fast approaching, meaning it’s time to take a closer look at the updated odds to win the 2015 Word Series.
It has been a year since Kansas City’s improbable Cinderella World Series run and they haven’t skipped heart beat as they lead the pack as the favorites to win the World Series at 6/1. Why are the MLB oddsmakers all over the Royals? Kansas City has the Majors’ best bullpen with a 2.18 ERA, and only the Detroit Tigers have a better team batting average.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have MLB’s best record at 56-33, but they have the second-best odds in baseball. Add insult to injury and they’re tied with the Washington Nationals at a 15/2 return on your betting bucks if either team wins in October. Out of the top eight top teams with the best odds to win the 2015 World Series, six play in the National League. Four NL teams have fewer than 40 losses, including the Pittsburgh Pirates (14/1) and Los Angeles Dodgers (17/2), while the Royals are the only AL team with that distinction.
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American League fans shouldn’t lose heart as the AL playoff race will be much more competitive since only a pair of teams in the AL East have a record above .500, but the basement dwelling Boston Red Sox (25/1) are just 8 games behind the division leading New York Yankees (16/1) giving each team has a legitimate chance to win the division and reach the postseason and will only return 30 to 1.
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Top National League Picks To Win The 2015 World Series
St. Louis Cardinals, 8/1
The Cardinals have suffered through a 2 and 4 record going into their 7/21 game versus the Chicago White Sox. No worries. Pittsburgh won 3 of those 4 games. The Bucks always play the Cards tough. St. Louis is ranked first in MLB in Team ERA at 2.66 and second in Bullpen ERA at 2.41.
Washington Nationals, 8/1
The pre-season favorites haven’t disappointed. The Team ERA of 3.58 isn’t great, but Max Scherzer, with his 2.03 ERA, is good for 2 games in any series. He could pull a Bumgarner in 2015. Plus, the Nats have Bryce Harper who is batting .337 with 27 home runs and 64 RBIs as of 7/20.
Los Angeles Dodgers, 7/1
The Dodgers are ranked twelfth in team batting with a .254 average. The 3.28 Team ERA isn’t bad. The key is Zach Greinke. If he can pitch 2 games in every series and the relievers don’t blow it, the 7/1 odds might be justified. Greinke is on a mission for another Cy Young Award. Oh, yeah, that guy Clayton Kershaw still pitches for them as well.
— MLB (@MLB) July 20, 2015
Pittsburgh Pirates, 10/1
Pittsburgh’s 2.93 Team ERA is second in the NL. The Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon is starting to heat up. He’s now ranked eighteenth in the NL with a .292 ERA. He’s also batted in 56 runs even though he was hurt earlier in the season. The Pirates own the Cardinals, giving them a legit shot to win the pennant.
Chicago Cubs, 14/1
Joe Maddon has the Cubs pitching well, a 3.25 Team ERA, and batting well, 345 runs, eleventh in the NL as of 7/20. But, the Cubbies might be too young for a World Series win.
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Top American League Picks To Win The 2015 World Series
Kansas City Royals, 6/1
It sure looks like it’s the Royals’ World Series to win or lose this season. KC is ranked second in Team ERA in the AL with a 3.45 average. That’s not bad considering that KC’s Bullpen ERA is ranked first in all of MLB at 2.16.
Los Angeles Angels, 14/1
The Angels’ AL Team ERA of 3.56 puts them in the mix. Even though Mike Trout, with his .307 average, 27 home runs and 56 RBIs, could be looking for another AL MVP, the rest of the Angels need to pick up their bats. As a team, the Angels bat .247.
New York Yankees, 16/1
Who knew the Yankees had this much firepower? 418 runs, 120 home runs and a .253 batting average as of 7/20 rank the Yankees second in overall batting in the AL. The Yankees pitching, with a 3.91 ERA, may not cut it when it gets to World Series time.
Houston Astros, 18/1
Houston’s pitching, led by Dallas Keuchel, has been terrific. The 3.57 ERA is ranked fourth in the AL. The Astros are also ranked third in batting in the American League. Even though the ‘Stros bat only .241 as a team, they’ve hit 128 home runs and have scored 414 runs. Keuchel, who has a 2.12 ERA and a .95 WHIP, will benefit from a Bullpen ERA of 2.72, fifth in all of baseball.
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Minnesota Twins, 20/1
Ranked eighth in overall batting with a .252 average, Minnesota might need to get really hot in order to win the World Series. The team has hit only 78 home runs as of 7/20. The Twins’ Team ERA of 3.85 isn’t very good either.
Below is a look at the 2015 World Series odds at the All-Star Break
- Kansas City Royals 6/1
- St. Louis Cardinals 15/2
- Washington Nationals 15/2
- Los Angeles Dodgers 17/2
- Los Angeles Angels 12/1
- San Francisco Giants 12/1
- Chicago Cubs 14/1
- Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1
- Houston Astros 16/1
- New York Yankees 16/1
- Detroit Tigers 20/1
- Baltimore Orioles 25/1
- Boston Rex Sox 25/1
- Toronto Blue Jays 25/1
- Tampa Bay Rays 28/1
- Texas Rangers 33/1
- Cleveland Indians 40/1
- Minnesota Twins 40/1
- New York Mets 40/1
- Chicago White Sox 50/1
- Oakland Athletics 50/1
- San Diego Padres 50/1
- Seattle Mariners 50/1
- Atlanta Braves 75/1
- Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
- Cincinnati Reds 150/1
- Miami Marlins 150/1
- Colorado Rockies 300/1
- Milwaukee Brewers 500/1
- Philadelphia Phillies 1000/1