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Cardinals New NL Favorite as Jays Lead in World Series Odds

As the 2015 Major League Baseball regular season ended Sunday, the 10 playoff teams and matchups are set. In the newest report from oddsmaker bovada.lv, a leader in the odds to win each of the two pennants has emerged.

Based on betting levels, the St. Louis Cardinals, with MLB’s best record, has slipped ahead of the other division winners, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. The Cards improved from 5/2 to 2/1 over the last two weeks after a three-way tie last time. The wild card Pirates and Cubs are both at 5/1 to win the NL.

To take it all, the Cards have shortened their odds to 5/1, best in the NL, but still behind American League favorite Toronto at 3/1. Kansas City is the same as St. Louis at 5/1.

Of the 10 playoff teams, these top three clubs have shortened their World Series odds since September 24, along with the Houston Astros. The Mets’, Pirates’ and Rangers’ odds have lengthened since last report.

Following shows how odds have evolved this season. NL Central clubs are listed in bold.

Odds to win NL 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 7/1/15 8/1/15 9/24/15 10/5/15
St. Louis Cardinals 6/1 6/1 7/2 4/1 7/2 13/4 5/2 2/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/2 9/2 3/1 7/2 4/1 3/1 5/2 3/1
New York Mets 14/1 14/1 15/2 9/1 11/1 7/1 5/2 13/4
Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1 14/1 14/1 11/1 13/2 8/1 5/1 5/1
Chicago Cubs 15/2 7/1 8/1 7/1 15/2 8/1 6/1 5/1

American League odds.

Odds to win AL 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 7/1/15 8/1/15 9/24/15 10/5/15
Toronto Blue Jays 10/1 12/1 16/1 22/1 10/1 11/2 2/1 3/2
Kansas City Royals 14/1 14/1 15/4 13/4 15/4 2/1 2/1 2/1
Texas Rangers 22/1 22/1 25/1 28/1 12/1 33/1 5/1 11/2
New York Yankees 14/1 14/1 7/1 10/1 10/1 11/2 7/1 7/1
Houston Astros 28/1 28/1 9/1 7/1 15/2 13/2 10/1 7/1

Following are World Series odds. Notice that Toronto was at 50/1 to win the Series as recently as June.

Odds to win 2015 World Series 10/30/14 12/15/14 3/4/15 4/1/15 5/6/15 6/3/15 7/1/15 8/1/15 9/24/15 10/5/15
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 18/1 25/1 25/1 33/1 50/1 20/1 10/1 4/1 3/1
Kansas City Royals 16/1 20/1 28/1 33/1 9/1 15/2 8/1 9/2 11/2 5/1
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 14/1 12/1 12/1 7/1 15/2 7/1 8/1 6/1 5/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 15/2 17/2 17/2 6/1 13/2 8/1 7/1 6/1 6/1
New York Mets 40/1 25/1 28/1 33/1 14/1 18/1 25/1 14/1 6/1 7/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1 12/1 14/1 16/1 16/1 12/1 16/1 16/1 10/1 10/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 33/1 28/1 25/1 33/1 20/1 14/1 16/1 10/1 11/1
Texas Rangers 33/1 40/1 50/1 50/1 250/1 66/1 25/1 66/1 9/1 12/1
Houston Astros 100/1 150/1 50/1 50/1 20/1 18/1 16/1 12/1 25/1 14/1
New York Yankees 22/1 25/1 33/1 33/1 16/1 22/1 20/1 10/1 14/1 14/1

As the 2015 odds shift again. I will continue to present periodic updates as warranted.

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