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Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four

Back in April, the folks at provided a set of odds on a number of Major League Baseball-related races. I updated them multiple times since, most recently when the post-season opened.

On Friday as the NLCS was getting underway, they provided a refresh, a subset of which follows.

In this installment, we look at the odds to win the two league championships and the World Series, as well as the exact number of games in the NLCS by team. While the St. Louis Cardinals are in the final four, they have the longest odds, according to the bookmakers.

(In the tables below, teams are ordered by current odds.)

American League

Odds to win AL April June Aug Sep 4 Sep 18 Oct 3 Oct 11
Boston Red Sox 10/1 7/1 17/4 15/4 2/1 9/5 5/6
Detroit Tigers 4/1 3/1 7/2 2/1 5/2 2/1 1/1

National League

Odds to win NL April June Aug Sep 4 Sep 18 Oct 3 Oct 11
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/2 15/1 11/4 3/2 7/5 9/5 5/7
St. Louis Cardinals 8/1 4/1 10/3 5/1 9/2 2/1 6/5

National League exact games

Exact Series Result Games Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 19/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 9/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 4/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 7/2
St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 15/1
St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 8/1
St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 5/1
St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 5/1
Total Games in Series Odds
4 11/2
5 5/2
6 2/1
7 2/1

World Series

Odds to win World Series April June Aug Sep 4 Sep 18 Oct 3 Oct 11
Boston Red Sox 20/1 15/1 8/1 15/2 9/2 15/4 12/5
Los Angeles Dodgers 10/1 33/1 7/1 13/4 15/4 9/2 12/5
Detroit Tigers 7/1 13/2 6/1 19/4 5/1 19/4 11/4
St. Louis Cardinals 16/1 8/1 15/2 11/1 10/1 11/2 3/1

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6 Responses to “Cardinals have longest odds among MLB’s final four”

  1. Nutlaw says:

    So the best thing about watching the Cardinals pitching simply dominate everyone is that just about all of them are young and under team control for a very long time. Just a really encouraging time to be a Cards fan.

  2. CardinalHerb says:

    I am new to the site, and this may not be the best spot for this query; but…Can anybody help me find a place Cardinal Nationals gather in KC to watch games? I’m desperate to find some company. Single and would like some fellowship during this great series. And/Or: Is there a better place on this site to post such an inquiry?

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    How quickly things change – Cards no favorites with these oddsmakers.

  4. blingboy says:

    Of all that happened Mondy night, Descalso’s blunder on the basepath was the most exasperating. Obviously, his head was not in the game. Also, I think it is possible Oquendo should have warned him the LF was playing in.

    I also noticed that late in the game our pinch hitter, Chambers or Wong I don’t remember, seemed taken by surprise that the low strike was called. It had been called consistently the whole game. Was he not there? Not paying attention? Had the hitting coaches not mentioned it to a guy just enteriung the game? Maybe they weren’t there either.

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