The Major League Baseball summer classic, the All-Star Game is quickly approaching which is the figurative midpoint of the season.
Although teams have played more than half their schedule, the All-Star break is a midpoint breather for teams battling for a division title or a wildcard berth in the playoffs.
The latest World Series Futures have been updated and released with the Oakland A’s sitting at the top with their odds shortened from 9 to 2 to 4 to 1.
The trade deadline comes in August and will have a big impact on the futures of teams for the World Series. Last week a trade was made by the A’s that already has impacted the World Series Futures.
Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, two starting pitchers, from the Chicago Cubs for two minor league prospects.
Several teams were after Samardzija the Chicago ace, but Oakland surprised the league by acquiring him.
The move shortened the odds for Oakland on Bovada and topbet, and put the other teams in baseball on notice that the A’s were gearing up for the stretch run to October.
The Oakland pitching staff already had the No. 2 team ERA in the league and with Hammel and Samardjiza the A’s likely have the best starting rotation in the American League, and if it were not for the Los Angeles Dodgers the A’s would have the best in baseball.
Oakland owns the best record in baseball at 55-33, but is only 3.5 games in front of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Angels have shortened their futures from 12 to 1 to 10 to 1, on betonline and sportsbook.com.
With the two wildcard berths available in each league, it is much more important to win the division and avoid a one-game play-in.
Samardzija showed in his debut on Sunday with Oakland why the A’s let a top prospect go in the trade. The powerful right-hander tossed one-run ball over seven innings to win.
With he and Hammel added to a the A’s rotation Oakland now has Scott Kazmir with an ERA of 2.53, Sonny Gray at 3.08 and Chavez at 3.23.
Oakland already has strengthened its hold on the American League. Though the pitching staff has been discussed for the most part of late when mentioning the A’s, the club has one of the best hitting lineups as well.
The A’s are first in runs scored with 444, second in on base percentage and eighth in slugging percentage.
2014 World Series Futures
OAKLAND A’S 4 to 1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 9 to 2
DETROIT TIGERS 9 to 2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10 to 1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 10 to 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 12 to 1
ATLANTA BRAVES 12 to 1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12 to 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 15 to 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16 to 1