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Cardinals Back to Oddsmakers’ Division Favorite

After the St. Louis Cardinals fans lost starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia to shoulder problems in late June, the club fell out of the favored position to win the National League Central Division for the first time this season.

As the Cardinals continued on their sometimes frustrating, but steady pace since, they still made their way back up in August. They strengthened the position by September 1 as the Brewers have hit a very bad stretch, including seven consecutive losses to fall two games behind the Cards in the division standings.

The new odds from reflect that.

While there has been little change in the last month across the NL, the surging Angels have displaced the Athletics at the top of the Junior Circuit list and are the new World Series favorite as well. The Dodgers remain the NL pennant pick.

World Series 8/1/14 9/1/14
AL Pennant 8/1/14 9/1/14
Los Angeles Angels 10/1 5/1 Los Angeles Angels 11/2 5/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 5/1 11/2 Oakland A’s 9/5 7/2
Washington Nationals 10/1 6/1 Baltimore Orioles 8/1 4/1
Baltimore Orioles 16/1 7/1 Detroit Tigers 5/2 4/1
Oakland Athletics 4/1 7/1 Kansas City Royals 25/1 7/1
Detroit Tigers 5/1 8/1 Seattle Mariners 16/1 12/1
St. Louis Cardinals 11/1 12/1 New York Yankees 14/1 25/1
Kansas City Royals 50/1 14/1 Cleveland Indians 33/1 28/1
Milwaukee Brewers 16/1 16/1 Toronto Blue Jays 17/2 40/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1 16/1
Seattle Mariners 33/1 25/1
Atlanta Braves 18/1 33/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 28/1 33/1
Cleveland Indians 66/1 50/1
New York Yankees 25/1 50/1
Toronto Blue Jays 14/1 75/1
Miami Marlins 150/1 150/1
Cincinnati Reds 50/1 200/1
San Diego Padres 1000/1 500/1
Chicago White Sox 200/1 Off board
New York Mets 200/1 Off board
Minnesota Twins 1000/1 Off board
Philadelphia Phillies 1000/1 Off board
NL Central Division 8/1/14 9/1/14
NL Pennant 8/1/14 9/1/14
St. Louis Cardinals 5/4 5/6 Los Angeles Dodgers 7/4 2/1
Milwaukee Brewers 3/2 7/5 Washington Nationals 4/1 5/2
Pittsburgh Pirates 13/4 5/1 St. Louis Cardinals 5/1 5/1
Cincinnati Reds 12/1 NR Milwaukee Brewers 7/1 7/1
San Francisco Giants 6/1 7/1
Atlanta Braves 8/1 14/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1 14/1
Cincinnati Reds 22/1 75/1
Miami Marlins 75/1 75/1
San Diego Padres 500/1 200/1

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16 Responses to “Cardinals Back to Oddsmakers’ Division Favorite”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Good times for Bourjos. Nothing like winning.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Bourjos has a higher OPS than Craig. He needs to keep playing, Oscar can give at bats to Bourjos. Go Cards!

      • kray66 says:

        Craig went 0-4 last night, striking out four times. Batting .111 with 15Ks in 10 games.

        I don’t take joy in that since he did great things for the team during his time here, but as of now, the trade still looks good for multiple reasons. I hope we look back on the Craig trade like the Rasmus trade in 2011 as we celebrate the 2014 World Series Championship.

        • Brian Walton says:

          They had the Yankees-Red Sox game on the press box TV last night during the HV-SC game and I happened to glance up to see Craig striking out while flailing on a low inside pitch. Looked same as with StL. A shame for him.

  2. blingboy says:

    We could have a 99 win season.

  3. crdswmn says:

    Word is that Xavier Scruggs has been called up. Will Tommy Pham make it up too?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Unclear. Adams’ slump and Grichuk’s solid play are two factors not in his favor. Scruggs gets the 40-man spot I had guessed may have been earmarked for Pham.

      • crdswmn says:

        Surely Mo can find a way to get Pham on the 40 as well. I realize transferring Butler to the 60 day DL is a financial cost, but is there any reason to keep guys like Ortega or Audry Perez on the roster?

        A lot of people will be very upset if Pham doesn’t get called up. I would like to see if he can put up some decent numbers against major league pitching, and I would like to get a better look at his defense.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Yes, I think there is value in both Ortega and Perez, especially when considering the tradeoff of potentially losing them entirely in return for two weeks of a number six outfielder. I suspect if Pham comes up it will more of a reward than an expectation that he is going to get to do anything other than pinch run or pinch hit a few times. He would be sixth on the outfield depth chart, or seven if you squint and call Scruggs an OF.

          Right now, Pham is ice-cold, batting .184 over his last 10 games. Hopefully he heats up again and can help Memphis in the playoffs. Losing another big bat in Scruggs after Grichuk last week has to hurt as they combined for 46 homers for Memphis this season.

          People love the underdog. I’ve seen tweets this morning putting Scruggs in a 1B platoon with Adams next year.

          • crdswmn says:

            If he doesn’t get put on the 40 man now, do you think he will get put on in November to protect him from Rule 5? If he isn’t, he becomes a FA, correct?

            If he isn’t called up, Twitter will explode. 😉 He has been hyped quite a bit and the expectations are high.

            • Brian Walton says:

              It is all a tradeoff that depends on who else needs to be protected and how many spots are open. I don’t go into that in-depth roster and free agency work until later in the fall. I would guess that if he is not added to the 40-man, he would decide to move on next year.

              Pham has enjoyed a great season, but on a more general point, far too many people on Twitter have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. If some of them self-destructed, it could only help the quality of discussion.

  4. blingboy says:

    Scruggs in the starting lineup. He probably is hoping nobody pinches him and wakes him up. Good luck to him.

    I wonder if Adams has an a-hem injury like Ellis?

    Hypothetically, what if Adams is next year’s Craig? It would suck, of course, but what would we do?

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