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Cardinals World Series Odds Shorten to Second in MLB

What a difference a month of play makes in terms of bettors’ behavior! In the newest report from oddsmaker bovada.lv, odds to win divisions, pennants and the World Series are shortening for the hot teams and lengthening for the struggles.

In few places is it more evident than with the St. Louis Cardinals. The club moved from 12/1 to take it all last month to just 7/1. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have shorter odds, as 6/1.

In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs, who were the division favorite back in December, have slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates into second. The Milwaukee Brewers have skidded past Cincinnati into the cellar.

Other division surgers include Houston, Detroit and Kansas City in the American League and the New York Mets in the NL. Among those with longer odds are the White Sox and Seattle in the AL and Washington in the NL.

The World Series odds favor the Dodgers, Cardinals, Tigers and Royals, in that order. Last month’s leader, the Nationals, have dropped to fifth-shortest odds.

Two Cardinals have made appearances on the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award lists for the NL, with Matt Carpenter at 9/1 and Michael Wacha at 10/1, respectively.

NL Central clubs in bold.

Odds to win 2015 World Series 10/30/14 12/15/14 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 15/2 17/2 17/2 6/1
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 14/1 12/1 12/1 7/1
Detroit Tigers 10/1 12/1 16/1 16/1 15/2
Kansas City Royals 16/1 20/1 28/1 33/1 9/1
Washington Nationals 10/1 15/2 7/1 6/1 10/1
New York Mets 40/1 25/1 28/1 33/1 14/1
Boston Red Sox 22/1 9/1 10/1 10/1 16/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1 12/1 14/1 16/1 16/1
New York Yankees 22/1 25/1 33/1 33/1 16/1
Houston Astros 100/1 150/1 50/1 50/1 20/1
San Diego Padres 66/1 40/1 14/1 18/1 20/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1 14/1 14/1 18/1 20/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 25/1
Baltimore Orioles 20/1 18/1 33/1 33/1 28/1
Oakland Athletics 20/1 40/1 28/1 25/1 33/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 33/1 28/1 25/1 33/1
Seattle Mariners 18/1 14/1 16/1 12/1 33/1
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 18/1 25/1 25/1 33/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1 28/1 16/1 16/1 50/1
Cleveland Indians 25/1 33/1 20/1 20/1 50/1
Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 50/1
Miami Marlins 50/1 33/1 33/1 33/1 66/1
Cincinnati Reds 33/1 40/1 66/1 50/1 66/1
Atlanta Braves 22/1 28/1 66/1 66/1 66/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1 100/1 150/1 100/1 75/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1 150/1 100/1 100/1 100/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 75/1 100/1 100/1 200/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 40/1 50/1 50/1 250/1
Texas Rangers 33/1 40/1 50/1 50/1 250/1
Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 150/1 150/1 150/1 500/1

Following are League title odds.

Odds to win AL Championship 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Odds to win NL Championship 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Detroit Tigers 8/1 8/1 7/2 Los Angeles Dodgers 9/2 9/2 3/1
Kansas City Royals 14/1 14/1 15/4 St. Louis Cardinals 6/1 6/1 7/2
Boston Red Sox 11/2 11/2 7/1 Washington Nationals 3/1 3/1 11/2
New York Yankees 14/1 14/1 7/1 New York Mets 14/1 14/1 15/2
Houston Astros 28/1 28/1 9/1 Chicago Cubs 15/2 7/1 8/1
Los Angeles Angels 6/1 13/2 12/1 San Diego Padres 15/2 7/1 10/1
Baltimore Orioles 14/1 14/1 14/1 San Francisco Giants 8/1 8/1 10/1
Seattle Mariners 7/1 11/2 14/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1 14/1 14/1
Toronto Blue Jays 10/1 12/1 16/1 Atlanta Braves 28/1 28/1 28/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1 12/1 16/1 Cincinnati Reds 28/1 28/1 28/1
Tampa Bay Rays 28/1 28/1 22/1 Miami Marlins 16/1 16/1 33/1
Cleveland Indians 9/1 9/1 25/1 Colorado Rockies 75/1 50/1 33/1
Chicago White Sox 15/2 15/2 28/1 Milwaukee Brewers 33/1 33/1 100/1
Minnesota Twins 50/1 50/1 50/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1 50/1 100/1
Texas Rangers 22/1 22/1 125/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 75/1 200/1

Next are the six division chases.

Odds to Win AL East 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Odds to Win AL Central 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Odds to Win AL West 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Boston Red Sox 2/1 2/1 2/1 Detroit Tigers 9/4 11/5 11/10 Houston Astros 16/1 12/1 9/5
New York Yankees 9/2 9/2 9/4 Kansas City Royals 9/2 9/2 11/10 Los Angeles Angels 8/5 9/5 12/5
Baltimore Orioles 7/2 3/1 4/1 Chicago White Sox 9/4 12/5 12/1 Oakland Athletics 9/2 4/1 5/1
Toronto Blue Jays 11/4 3/1 9/2 Cleveland Indians 11/5 12/5 12/1 Seattle Mariners 8/5 5/4 6/1
Tampa Bay Rays 7/1 7/1 13/2 Minnesota Twins 18/1 18/1 20/1 Texas Rangers 7/1 12/1 33/1
Odds to Win NL East 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Odds to Win NL Central 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Odds to Win NL West 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15
Washington Nationals 1/3 1/4 1/2 St. Louis Cardinals 5/4 13/10 4/9 Los Angeles Dodgers 1/2 1/2 1/3
New York Mets 5/1 6/1 2/1 Chicago Cubs 5/2 3/1 7/2 San Diego Padres 7/2 7/2 4/1
Miami Marlins 6/1 6/1 10/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 11/4 12/5 9/2 San Francisco Giants 7/2 5/1 11/2
Atlanta Braves 16/1 25/1 16/1 Cincinnati Reds 12/1 12/1 20/1 Colorado Rockies 50/1 18/1 33/1
Philadelphia Phillies 50/1 50/1 100/1 Milwaukee Brewers 12/1 10/1 100/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 33/1 20/1 100/1

Finally, we have the NL MVP and Cy Young lists.

Odds to Win NL CY Young 5/6/15
Odds to Win NL MVP 5/6/15
Clayton Kershaw 11/5 Paul Goldschmidt 3/1
Zack Greinke 9/2 Adrian Gonzalez 7/2
Max Scherzer 11/2 Joey Votto 11/2
Matt Harvey 15/2 Dee Gordon 6/1
Gerritt Cole 9/1 Matt Carpenter 9/1
Michael Wacha 10/1 Giancarlo Stanton 9/1
Madison Bumgarner 10/1 Anthony Rizzo 10/1
Shelby Miller 12/1 Andrew McCutchen 10/1
Francisco Liriano 16/1 Justin Upton 20/1
Bartolo Colon 20/1 Freddie Freeman 20/1
James Shields 33/1
A.J. Burnett 50/1

As the season continues, the 2015 odds will shift and shift again. I will present periodic updates as warranted.

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