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New World Series Odds Suggest Cardinals to Miss Playoffs Again

On Monday, just before the news of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes’ season-ending elbow injury, Bovada released its newest World Series odds. The Cardinals have bounced back to their off-season-opening 22/1 odds of winning it all after having slipped to 25/1 in December.

betting-200However, that may not be good enough.

Going straight by the odds – which admittedly are set for betting rather than predictive purposes – the three National League Division winners would be projected as the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers with the Wild Cards being the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets.

If the real world results follow the new betting lines, the Cardinals would barely miss out, as the sixth-best squad in the five-team NL playoff race – same as how St. Louis’ 2016 concluded.

The defending champion Chicago Cubs have a new overall co-leader, according to the sports book. In the view of the odds-maker, the Boston Red Sox, who fortified their rotation this winter and feature the top prospect in baseball in outfielder Andrew Benintendi, have steadily improved their standing since November, while the Cubs have slid slightly. Both are currently 9/2 favorites to win the 2017 World Series.

In the table below, you can see how the odds have shifted in recent months.

Odds to win 2017 World Series 11/3/16  12/7/16  2/13/17
Chicago Cubs 7/2 15/4 9/2
Boston Red Sox 9/1 11/2 9/2
Cleveland Indians 14/1 12/1 8/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/1 14/1 10/1
Washington Nationals 12/1 9/1 10/1
San Francisco Giants 14/1 14/1 12/1
Houston Astros 16/1 12/1 14/1
New York Mets 14/1 18/1 18/1
Toronto Blue Jays 14/1 20/1 20/1
St. Louis Cardinals      22/1 25/1 22/1
New York Yankees 25/1 14/1 25/1
Texas Rangers 16/1 25/1 28/1
Baltimore Orioles 22/1 28/1 33/1
Detroit Tigers 22/1 28/1 33/1
Kansas City Royals 33/1 33/1 33/1
Seattle Mariners 25/1 25/1 33/1
Colorado Rockies 66/1 75/1 40/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 28/1 40/1 40/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1 66/1 75/1
Los Angeles Angels 50/1 75/1 75/1
Miami Marlins 40/1 66/1 75/1
Tampa Bay Rays 66/1 75/1 75/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 100/1 100/1
Atlanta Braves 100/1 75/1 100/1
Cincinnati Reds 100/1 100/1 150/1
Milwaukee Brewers 75/1 100/1 150/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1 100/1 150/1
Oakland Athletics 75/1 100/1 150/1
Philadelphia Phillies 100/1 100/1 150/1
San Diego Padres 100/1 100/1 150/1

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