Updating Baseball’s World Series Favorites

Tim Hudson leads the Giants in quality starts and has a 7-2 record this year.

We are a little less than a month away from Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and already we have division leaders separating themselves from the pack. We also have races heating up that should last throughout the summer and right into September. The latest odds on who will take home the World Series Trophy are out from our friends at Bovada.

I’m telling who you should strongly consider and who you should say ‘no thanks’ to so let’s get to it.

San Francisco 11/2 – The Giants lead the National League West by five games over the LA Dodgers. Many are expecting LA to heat up again as they did last year this time but these Giants seem to have staying power. They aren’t in the top five in batting or pitching but they are doing all of the little things correctly. They are limiting opponents’ batting while taking advantage of opponents’ pitching later in games.

Oakland 6/1 – It’s not a secret as to why the Athletics are leading the American League West and are currently the AL’s top favorite to win the title. Oakland leads the Majors in both hitting and pitching. Pretty simple right? The A’s also have MLB’s best road record (tied with MIL at 23-14) which gives them the confidence they need to get things done in the playoffs.

Justin Verlander was rocked again this week and that has become the norm rather than the exception this season.

Detroit 16/2 – Lets get to the heart of this team right now; they are not winning the World Series. The last six weeks has proven that General Manager Dave Dombrowski has once again failed to address the bullpen problems and that will cost this team. Throw in the fact that Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have been terribly inconsistent as starters and you’ve got a real problem. The Tigers fell out of first place last night for the first time all season and don’t be surprised if the slide continues.

Toronto 8/1 – The Blue Jays have recently cooled off after an extremely hot run but they still lead the AL East by three and half games over second place New York and by four games over the Orioles. Toronto currently ranks third in batting which has been their overwhelming strength so far this season because their pitching isn’t exactly on par with the team’s overall performance. The Jays currently rank 22nd in the Majors in team pitching and if this team is to be taken seriously then that will have to improve.

LA Dodgers 9/1 – The Dodgers rank ninth in batting and 13th in pitching and have that five game deficit in the NL West. Colorado is in third, nine games out of first so I this division as a two-horse race. A lot was made of the Dodgers’ epic run last year (41-8 at one point) and that’s pertinent here because the Giants have lost four straight games while the Dodgers are in the midst of a 7-3 stretch in their last ten games. I think this will be one of the top two races down the stretch in Major League Baseball and if the pitching comes around more than look out.

St. Louis 9/1 – The Cardinals have won five straight games and have a streak of eight wins over their last ten games. After seeing the Milwaukee Brewers come flying out of the gate in the National League Central, the Cards have slowly made up ground behind their league-leading pitching staff. Pitching, as most of you know, can typically carry you further than top hitting. St.Louis still needs to improve upon their 25th position in the Majors in hitting if they are going to make another run to the World Series.

My top pick: Oakland

Team to run and hide from: Detroit

New Futures for 2014 World Series Champion Released

New World Series odds have been released by bookmakers with some early season surprises. The San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers have all made substantial movement over the first two weeks of the season.

The Brewers and Giants have seen their odds shortened on Bovada and betonline line, while Cincinnati’s odds have tumbled on sportsbook.com and topbet.

Cincinnati opened the season with a price of 14 to 1 to win the World Series. If you believe the Reds will still win the series, now is when a wager should be made.

The Reds have started 4-8 but are much better than the record indicates. The team has a good starting rotation, strong bullpen and good closer, who is out injured now by is due back in May.

Mat Latos has had an arm injury which hurts the Reds’ starting rotation, but Homer Bailey the ace is capable of lowering his abnormally high earned run average and get back on track.

Robert Stephenson is a rookie currently in Double-A ball and cannot be expected to replace Latos, but his strong arm could help him until experience steps in.

Milwaukee has been the surprise of baseball with their 10-2 start. The Brewers opened at 60 to 1 odds, but sportsbooks have shortened the price a great deal to their current 20 to 1, thanks to strong pitching from both the starters and relievers. Offensively, the batting order has proved to be dangerous. However, two weeks does not make a season as they have 150 games left to play.

Offensively with Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez, the team can produce a number of runs. Milwaukee also has five strong starting pitchers and if they remain healthy, the club could contend in the very strong National League Central.

The San Francisco Giants are also making their move up the odds board, shortening their odds for winning the Fall Classic.

The Giants have another strong starting rotation, but might have the most underrated team in the league. Offensively the Giants are strong with Hunter Pence, Michael Morse and Brandon Belt. On the mound, the talent is not what it has been when the Giants won World Series nevertheless it is stronger than many clubs are.

The Giants started the season at 20 to 1, but have shortened that in just two weeks to 16 to 1. That number could become even shorter if the team continues to win games at the rate they have started.

NEW ODDS 2014 World Series Champions

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 1

Detroit Tigers 7 to 1

St. Louis Cardinals 7 to 1

Washington Nationals 8 to 1

Tampa Bay Rays 14 to 1

Boston Red Sox 14 to 1

Oakland A’s 14 to 1

Los Angeles Angels 16 to 1

New York Yankees 16 to 1

Atlanta Braves 16 to 1