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2014 season-opening MLB odds

Now that the regular season is officially beginning for everyone, let’s review Bovada’s (www.Bovada.lv) 2014 regular and post-season odds for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. This time around, we compare the divisional, league and World Series odds across MLB as well as regular season win totals to the same odds before spring training.

Here is the current view of Kevin Bradley, Bovada’s Sports Book Manager.

“As always a few teams seem to be popular with our bettors heading into the season, one of them being the Cardinals who now sit at 15-2 yet were as high at 14-1 at one point in the offseason. There is only one other team has seen more activity and that is the World Series favorites, the Los Angeles Dodgers currently at 13-2.  It is quite interesting that this is the first time I can remember that the two heaviest bet teams to win the World Series at this stage are from the National League. We rarely talk about the least bet teams, but it’s no surprise those would be in order with Miami at 100-1, Houston 250-1 and even the Colorado Rockies at 75-1, we cannot seem to write a bet on.”

Odds to win World Series March 5 March 28
Los Angeles Dodgers 13/2 13/2
St. Louis Cardinals 8/1 15/2
Detroit Tigers 9/1 9/1
Washington Nationals 12/1 10/1
Boston Red Sox 12/1 12/1
Tampa Bay Rays 12/1 12/1
New York Yankees 14/1 14/1
Atlanta Braves 20/1 16/1
San Francisco Giants 16/1 16/1
Texas Rangers 16/1 16/1
Los Angeles Angels 20/1 20/1
Oakland Athletics 18/1 20/1
Cincinnati Reds 22/1 25/1
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 25/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 28/1 28/1
Baltimore Orioles 33/1 33/1
Kansas City Royals 33/1 33/1
Philadelphia Phillies 33/1 33/1
Seattle Mariners 28/1 33/1
Cleveland Indians 40/1 40/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1 50/1
San Diego Padres 50/1 50/1
Chicago White Sox 50/1 66/1
Milwaukee Brewers 66/1 66/1
Chicago Cubs 66/1 75/1
Colorado Rockies 75/1 75/1
New York Mets 75/1 75/1
Miami Marlins 100/1 100/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1 100/1
Houston Astros 200/1 250/1

As one would expect, the League-winning odds follow suit from the World Series. Four of the top five NL teams have shorter odds than before spring camp, including the Cardinals.

Odds to win AL Pennant March 5 March 28 Odds to win NL Pennant March 5 March 28
Detroit Tigers 17/4 4/1 Los Angeles Dodgers 11/4 3/1
Boston Red Sox 6/1 6/1 St. Louis Cardinals 19/4 9/2
Tampa Bay Rays 6/1 6/1 Washington Nationals 11/2 5/1
New York Yankees 13/2 13/2 San Francisco Giants 15/2 15/2
Texas Rangers 8/1 8/1 Atlanta Braves 9/1 8/1
Oakland Athletics 9/1 9/1 Cincinnati Reds 10/1 10/1
Los Angeles Angels 11/1 11/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1 16/1
Toronto Blue Jays 16/1 14/1 Philadelphia Phillies 16/1 18/1
Seattle Mariners 14/1 16/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 22/1 22/1
Baltimore Orioles 16/1 16/1 San Diego Padres 25/1 25/1
Kansas City Royals 16/1 16/1 Milwaukee Brewers 28/1 33/1
Cleveland Indians 20/1 20/1 New York Mets 33/1 33/1
Chicago White Sox 25/1 33/1 Chicago Cubs 28/1 40/1
Minnesota Twins 50/1 50/1 Colorado Rockies 40/1 40/1
Houston Astros 100/1 125/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 50/1

In looking at the divisions, I find it interesting that odds shifted completely across three divisions, while remaining constant in two others from month to month.

Odds to Win AL East March 5 March 28 Odds to Win NL East March 5 March 28
Boston Red Sox 11/5 11/5 Washington Nationals 1/1 5/7
Tampa Bay Rays 11/5 11/5 Atlanta Braves 5/4 3/2
New York Yankees 12/5 12/5 Philadelphia Phillies 15/2 10/1
Toronto Blue Jays 7/1 7/1 New York Mets 18/1 16/1
Baltimore Orioles 7/1 7/1 Miami Marlins 25/1 33/1
Odds to Win AL Central March 5 March 28 Odds to Win NL Central March 5 March 28
Detroit Tigers 4/9 4/9 St. Louis Cardinals 4/7 2/3
Kansas City Royals 4/1 9/2 Cincinnati Reds 15/4 7/2
Cleveland Indians 7/1 11/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 15/4 15/4
Chicago White Sox 8/1 12/1 Milwaukee Brewers 14/1 10/1
Minnesota Twins 33/1 25/1 Chicago Cubs 25/1 33/1
Odds to Win AL West March 5 March 28 Odds to Win NL West March 5 March 28
Texas Rangers 7/4 7/4 Los Angeles Dodgers 1/2 1/2
Oakland Athletics 2/1 2/1 San Francisco Giants 13/4 7/2
Los Angeles Angels 9/4 9/4 Arizona Diamondbacks 8/1 7/1
Seattle Mariners 7/1 7/1 San Diego Padres 10/1 10/1
Houston Astros 50/1 50/1 Colorado Rockies 16/1 16/1

In terms of regular season win over/under, changes have been minor. Injuries in Oakland and Cincinnati were noted.

Regular season wins 28 Feb 28 Mar
Los Angeles Dodgers 92.5 93
St. Louis Cardinals 90.5
Detroit Tigers 89.5
Washington Nationals 88.5 89.5
Tampa Bay Rays 88.5
Atlanta Braves 87.5
Boston Red Sox 87.5
Oakland Athletics 88.5 87.5
Los Angeles Angels 86.5
New York Yankees 86.5
San Francisco Giants 86.5
Texas Rangers 86.5
Cincinnati Reds 84.5 83.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 83.5
Kansas City Royals 81.5 82.5
Seattle Mariners 81.5
Baltimore Orioles 80.5
Cleveland Indians 80.5
Toronto Blue Jays 79.5 80.5
Arizona Diamondbacks 80.5 80
Milwaukee Brewers 79.5
San Diego Padres 78.5
Colorado Rockies 76.5
Philadelphia Phillies 76.5
Chicago White Sox 75.5
New York Mets 73.5
Minnesota Twins 70.5
Chicago Cubs 69.5
Miami Marlins 69.5
Houston Astros 62.5

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