The Cardinal Nation blog

Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Cardinals Odds Shorten in NLC but Lengthen for World Series

After two months of play in the 2015 Major League Baseball season, bettors’ behavior is changing, in some cases, considerably. 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 strugglers.

The St. Louis Cardinals, with MLB’s best record, have strengthened their hold on the National League Central, at least according to bettor behavior. The club moved from 4/9 to 1/3 this month.

To win the NL pennant, the Cards odds have lengthened slightly, from 7/2 to 4/1, as the Washington Nationals passed the Los Angeles Dodgers. To take it all, St. Louis moved from 7/1 last month to 15/2.

In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs, who were the division favorite back in December, have slipped past toward the Pittsburgh Pirates, just as the real standings indicate.

Division surgers include the Houston Astros in the American League and the San Francisco 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 Nationals, Dodgers, then Cardinals and Royals tied, in that order. Last month’s leader was Los Angeles.

Two Cardinals appearing on the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award lists for the NL, are heading in different directions with Matt Carpenter going from 9/1 to 12/1 and Michael Wacha now at 9/1 from 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 6/3/15
Washington Nationals 10/1 15/2 7/1 6/1 10/1 6/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 15/2 17/2 17/2 6/1 13/2
Kansas City Royals 16/1 20/1 28/1 33/1 9/1 15/2
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 14/1 12/1 12/1 7/1 15/2
San Francisco Giants 12/1 14/1 14/1 18/1 20/1 10/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1 12/1 14/1 16/1 16/1 12/1
Detroit Tigers 10/1 12/1 16/1 16/1 15/2 14/1
Houston Astros 100/1 150/1 50/1 50/1 20/1 18/1
New York Mets 40/1 25/1 28/1 33/1 14/1 18/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 25/1 20/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 33/1 28/1 25/1 33/1 20/1
New York Yankees 22/1 25/1 33/1 33/1 16/1 22/1
Boston Red Sox 22/1 9/1 10/1 10/1 16/1 25/1
Seattle Mariners 18/1 14/1 16/1 12/1 33/1 25/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1 150/1 100/1 100/1 100/1 25/1
Cleveland Indians 25/1 33/1 20/1 20/1 50/1 28/1
San Diego Padres 66/1 40/1 14/1 18/1 20/1 33/1
Baltimore Orioles 20/1 18/1 33/1 33/1 28/1 40/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1 28/1 16/1 16/1 50/1 40/1
Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 50/1 40/1
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 18/1 25/1 25/1 33/1 50/1
Texas Rangers 33/1 40/1 50/1 50/1 250/1 66/1
Oakland Athletics 20/1 40/1 28/1 25/1 33/1 100/1
Miami Marlins 50/1 33/1 33/1 33/1 66/1 150/1
Cincinnati Reds 33/1 40/1 66/1 50/1 66/1 150/1
Atlanta Braves 22/1 28/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 150/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1 100/1 150/1 100/1 75/1 250/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 75/1 100/1 100/1 200/1 250/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 40/1 50/1 50/1 250/1 500/1
Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 150/1 150/1 150/1 500/1 500/1

Following are League title odds.

Odds to win AL Championship 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 Odds to win NL Championship 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15
Kansas City Royals 14/1 14/1 15/4 13/4 Washington Nationals 3/1 3/1 11/2 13/4
Detroit Tigers 8/1 8/1 7/2 11/2 Los Angeles Dodgers 9/2 9/2 3/1 7/2
Houston Astros 28/1 28/1 9/1 7/1 St. Louis Cardinals 6/1 6/1 7/2 4/1
Los Angeles Angels 6/1 13/2 12/1 9/1 San Francisco Giants 8/1 8/1 10/1 5/1
New York Yankees 14/1 14/1 7/1 10/1 Chicago Cubs 15/2 7/1 8/1 7/1
Seattle Mariners 7/1 11/2 14/1 11/1 New York Mets 14/1 14/1 15/2 9/1
Boston Red Sox 11/2 11/2 7/1 12/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1 14/1 14/1 11/1
Minnesota Twins 50/1 50/1 50/1 12/1 San Diego Padres 15/2 7/1 10/1 16/1
Cleveland Indians 9/1 9/1 25/1 14/1 Atlanta Braves 28/1 28/1 28/1 66/1
Baltimore Orioles 14/1 14/1 14/1 20/1 Cincinnati Reds 28/1 28/1 28/1 66/1
Tampa Bay Rays 28/1 28/1 22/1 20/1 Miami Marlins 16/1 16/1 33/1 66/1
Chicago White Sox 15/2 15/2 28/1 22/1 Colorado Rockies 75/1 50/1 33/1 100/1
Toronto Blue Jays 10/1 12/1 16/1 22/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1 50/1 100/1 100/1
Texas Rangers 22/1 22/1 125/1 28/1 Milwaukee Brewers 33/1 33/1 100/1 200/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1 12/1 16/1 40/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 75/1 200/1 200/1

Next are the six division chases.

Odds to Win AL East 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 Odds to Win NL East 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15
New York Yankees 9/2 9/2 9/4 13/5 Washington Nationals 1/3 1/4 1/2 1/4
Boston Red Sox 2/1 2/1 2/1 3/1 New York Mets 5/1 6/1 2/1 13/4
Tampa Bay Rays 7/1 7/1 13/2 7/2 Atlanta Braves 16/1 25/1 16/1 10/1
Baltimore Orioles 7/2 3/1 4/1 4/1 Miami Marlins 6/1 6/1 10/1 50/1
Toronto Blue Jays 11/4 3/1 9/2 4/1 Philadelphia Phillies 50/1 50/1 100/1 500/1
Odds to Win AL Central 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 Odds to Win NL Central 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15
Kansas City Royals 9/2 9/2 11/10 1/1 St. Louis Cardinals 5/4 13/10 4/9 1/3
Detroit Tigers 9/4 11/5 11/10 2/1 Chicago Cubs 5/2 3/1 7/2 4/1
Minnesota Twins 18/1 18/1 20/1 5/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 11/4 12/5 9/2 9/2
Cleveland Indians 11/5 12/5 12/1 9/1 Cincinnati Reds 12/1 12/1 20/1 33/1
Chicago White Sox 9/4 12/5 12/1 14/1 Milwaukee Brewers 12/1 10/1 100/1 200/1
Odds to Win AL West 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 Odds to Win NL West 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15
Houston Astros 16/1 12/1 9/5 3/2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1/2 1/2 1/3 2/5
Los Angeles Angels 8/5 9/5 12/5 2/1 San Francisco Giants 7/2 5/1 11/2 11/5
Seattle Mariners 8/5 5/4 6/1 11/4 San Diego Padres 7/2 7/2 4/1 9/1
Texas Rangers 7/1 12/1 33/1 7/1 Colorado Rockies 50/1 18/1 33/1 66/1
Oakland Athletics 9/2 4/1 5/1 50/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 33/1 20/1 100/1 66/1

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

Odds to Win NL CY Young 5/6/15 6/3/15 Odds to Win NL MVP 5/6/15 6/3/15
Max Scherzer 11/2 3/1 Bryce Harper NL 2/1
Clayton Kershaw 11/5 7/2 Paul Goldschmidt 3/1 4/1
Zack Greinke 9/2 9/2 Adrian Gonzalez 7/2 9/2
Gerritt Cole 9/1 5/1 Anthony Rizzo 10/1 15/2
Michael Wacha 10/1 9/1 Matt Carpenter 9/1 12/1
Madison Bumgarner 10/1 12/1 Giancarlo Stanton 9/1 12/1
Shelby Miller 12/1 16/1 Andrew McCutchen 10/1 12/1
Jacob deGrom NL 16/1 Todd Frazier NL 14/1
A.J. Burnett 50/1 16/1 Justin Upton 20/1 16/1
Matt Harvey 15/2 20/1 Kris Bryant NL 16/1
Cole Hamels NL 25/1 Dee Gordon 6/1 20/1
James Shields 33/1 33/1 Joey Votto 11/2 33/1
Bartolo Colon 20/1 50/1 Freddie Freeman 20/1 NL
Francisco Liriano 16/1 NL

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

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow me

Brian Walton

Brian Walton runs The Cardinal Nation and The Cardinal Nation Blog, covering the St. Louis Cardinals and minor league system.
Follow me

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.