With the start of the season keeping me busy, I did not immediately report on the April report from oddsmaker bovada.lv. I wish I had as there is some noteworthy change in the National League Central Division outlook, reflecting bettors’ actions heading out of the spring training and into the regular season.
In the NL Central, the big news is that a little more of the bloom is off the rose of the Chicago Cubs, who were the division favorite back in December. Chicago is now 3/1 to win the division, only third-best.
The St. Louis Cardinals improved their odds to take the division’s top spot to 13/10 while the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped over the Cubs, now at 12/5 to take the NLC.
Interestingly, the World Series money is still more on the Cubs at 16/1, compared to the Bucs at 25/1. The Cardinals remain at the same 12/1 as they were last month.
St. Louis’ odds of winning the NL pennant are also flat at 6/1, with the Cubs next at 7/1 and Pirates at 14/1.
The Washington Nationals remain at the top of MLB with the Nats having shortened their odds of winning it all to 6/1. The Boston Red Sox remain at the top of the AL, but third overall (after the Nats and Dodgers) at 10/1 to win the World Series, yet the Mariners now show the same 11/2 odds of winning the AL pennant.
NL Central clubs in bold.
|Odds to win 2015 World Series||as of 10/30/14||12/15/14||3/4/15||4/1/15|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||15/2||15/2||17/2||17/2|
|Boston Red Sox||22/1||9/1||10/1||10/1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||12/1||14/1||12/1||12/1|
|Los Angeles Angels||10/1||12/1||14/1||14/1|
|Chicago White Sox||40/1||28/1||16/1||16/1|
|San Diego Padres||66/1||40/1||14/1||18/1|
|San Francisco Giants||12/1||14/1||14/1||18/1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||33/1||18/1||25/1||25/1|
|Kansas City Royals||16/1||20/1||28/1||33/1|
|New York Mets||40/1||25/1||28/1||33/1|
|New York Yankees||22/1||25/1||33/1||33/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||33/1||66/1||66/1||66/1|
Following are League title odds.
|Odds to win AL Championship||3/4/15||4/1/15||Odds to win NL Championship||3/4/15||4/1/15|
|Boston Red Sox||11/2||11/2||Washington Nationals||3/1||3/1|
|Seattle Mariners||7/1||11/2||Los Angeles Dodgers||9/2||9/2|
|Los Angeles Angels||6/1||13/2||St. Louis Cardinals||6/1||6/1|
|Chicago White Sox||15/2||15/2||Chicago Cubs||15/2||7/1|
|Detroit Tigers||8/1||8/1||San Diego Padres||15/2||7/1|
|Cleveland Indians||9/1||9/1||San Francisco Giants||8/1||8/1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||10/1||12/1||New York Mets||14/1||14/1|
|Oakland Athletics||12/1||12/1||Pittsburgh Pirates||14/1||14/1|
|Baltimore Orioles||14/1||14/1||Miami Marlins||16/1||16/1|
|Kansas City Royals||14/1||14/1||Atlanta Braves||28/1||28/1|
|New York Yankees||14/1||14/1||Cincinnati Reds||28/1||28/1|
|Texas Rangers||22/1||22/1||Milwaukee Brewers||33/1||33/1|
|Houston Astros||28/1||28/1||Arizona Diamondbacks||50/1||50/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||28/1||28/1||Colorado Rockies||75/1||50/1|
|Minnesota Twins||50/1||50/1||Philadelphia Phillies||75/1||75/1|
Next are the six division chases.
|Odds to Win AL East||3/4/15||4/1/15||Odds to Win AL Central||3/4/15||4/1/15||Odds to Win AL West||3/4/15||4/1/15|
|Boston Red Sox||2/1||2/1||Detroit Tigers||9/4||11/5||Seattle Mariners||8/5||5/4|
|Baltimore Orioles||7/2||3/1||Chicago White Sox||9/4||12/5||Los Angeles Angels||8/5||9/5|
|Toronto Blue Jays||11/4||3/1||Cleveland Indians||11/5||12/5||Oakland Athletics||9/2||4/1|
|New York Yankees||9/2||9/2||Kansas City Royals||9/2||9/2||Texas Rangers||7/1||12/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||7/1||7/1||Minnesota Twins||18/1||18/1||Houston Astros||16/1||01,Dec|
|Odds to Win NL East||3/4/15||4/1/15||Odds to Win NL Central||3/4/15||4/1/15||Odds to Win NL West||3/4/15||4/1/15|
|Washington Nationals||1/3||1/4||St. Louis Cardinals||5/4||13/10||Los Angeles Dodgers||1/2||1/2|
|New York Mets||5/1||6/1||Pittsburgh Pirates||11/4||12/5||San Diego Padres||7/2||7/2|
|Miami Marlins||6/1||6/1||Chicago Cubs||5/2||3/1||San Francisco Giants||7/2||5/1|
|Atlanta Braves||16/1||25/1||Milwaukee Brewers||12/1||10/1||Colorado Rockies||50/1||18/1|
|Philadelphia Phillies||50/1||50/1||Cincinnati Reds||12/1||12/1||Arizona Diamondbacks||33/1||20/1|
As the season continues, the 2015 odds will shift and shift again. I will present periodic updates as warranted.
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