While it could be tempting to react strongly and perhaps assume that the club’s post-season aspirations will be seriously wounded if the injuries are serious, I was interested in how a detached party might be reading the situation.
To get the straight scoop, who would be better to ask than the oddsmakers at bovada.lv?
Sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley had a very interesting two-part reply to my query.
On one hand, Bradley characterized the adjustment in the Cardinals’ odds as “no huge change.”
As one would expect, the club’s odds grew longer. To win the World Series, the Cards slid from 9-1 to 11-1. To take the National League pennant, St. Louis’ odds have shifted from 9-2 to 11-2.
The National League Central race is really the attention-grabber, however. As Bradley notes, “For the first time all year, the Brewers are now favored to win the division.”
St. Louis’ odds to take the Central went from 10-11 to 11-10, while Milwaukee’s odds are now shorter, moving from 7-5 to 10-11 currently.
With Milwaukee having played 78 games and St. Louis 77, the Brewers lead the NLC by 4.5 games. Both clubs have won seven of their last 10.
The two teams still have 13 face-to-face meetings ahead with the next set at Miller Park from July 11-13. Those are the final three games prior to the All-Star break.