Major League Baseball has less than a month and a half before the regular season ends and the race for the World Series begins.
Odds makers have released their most recent futures for the World Series. The Milwaukee Brewers sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend was noticed by bookmakers, as the odds for the Brewers on Bovada and sportsbook.com were shortened.
Milwaukee had its odds shorted from 14 to 1 last week to 12 to 1 on topbet and betonline.
What made the sweep of the Dodgers so impressive by the Brewers was it was on the road, against a top National League team and included defeating Clayton Kershaw.
Milwaukee has played well all season and is currently leading the National League Central by 3 games over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers are 70-55 and have the second best NL record.
With the additional of a second spot in the wildcard race, more emphasis has been placed on winning the division so as not to play in a one-game play-in.
That is why the seven remaining head-to-head games between the Brewers and the second place Cardinals will be so important down the stretch.
The Brewers have a very deep lineup with Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy, a candidate for the NL MVP award.
The pitching staff has not been same as the batting order, but owns an ERA of 3.60.
Yovani Gallardo showed he could pitch with the best of them by earning a win against Kershaw. Gallardo, Wily Peralta and Kyle Lohse are three formidable starters that can make life miserable for any opposing batter.
Nevertheless, there are nearly 40 games left in the baseball regular season and the stretch run of September is still to come.
All of the races in the Majors are within 7.5 games. The Baltimore Orioles lead the AL East by that amount over the New York Yankees, while Washington leads by 6 games over the Atlanta Braves.
In the AL West on a half game separates the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s at the top. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the NL West by 3 ½ games.
WORLD SERIES ODDS 2014
LOS DODGERS 7 to 2
OAKLAND A’S 9 to 2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 6 to 1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 7 to 1
DETROIT TIGERS 8 to 1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 8 to 1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 12 to 1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12 to 1
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 14 to 1
SEATTLE MARINERS 18 to 1