The World Series is four months away but odds makers continue to update the futures odds for the Fall Classic. Starting the regular season, bookmakers like Bovada and topbet had the Los Angeles Dodgers as the top team in the league and the favorite to win the World Series.
The Dodgers were listed as 1 to 3 favorites to win the National League West title and 5 to 1 favorites on betonline and sportsbook.com to win the World Series.
At that same time, the Colorado Rockies opened the season as an afterthought for most with the division’s longest odds at 15 to 1.
Not only were their division odds a long shot, but their odds of winning the Fall Classic were 75 to 1 on opening day. However, with one month of the 2014 season behind us the Rockies are looking to make things out west a little more interesting.
Colorado started strong and is currently 19-14 with their price for a World Series win shortened to its current 30 to 1, which is significantly lower than last week when the Rockies were 50 to 1.
Considering the park the Rockies play in Coors Field, which is perennially an offensive friendly park, it is not surprising they are the league leader in runs with 186 and in OPS with .832.
Troy Tulowitzki the club’s star shortstop is batting .400 with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs, which are MVP numbers at this point of the season.
Justin Morneau is batting .336 with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs, while players who are lesser known like Nolan Arenado is batting .311 with 5 home runs and 20 RBIs and Charlie Blackmon at .359 with 6 home runs and 22 RBIs.
The Rockies could be a force if they can keep hitting the way they started the season and their pitching can hold the opposition in check. However, that is easier said than done.
This season the pitching staff is No. 24 overall in the league with a team ERA of 4.32. The sad part is that the club’s two best pitchers are likely two youngsters on their Double-A team. Both Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have strong arms, but the team cannot rely on them transitioning to the Big Leagues with much success this season.
2014 World Series Futures
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 to 1
Detroit Tigers 6 to 1
Washington Nationals 8 to 1
Oakland Athletics 12 to 1
Atlanta Braves 14 to 1
Tampa Bay Rays 14 to 1
San Francisco Giants 14 to 1
Boston Red Sox 14 to 1
New York Yankees 14 to 1