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Cardinals’ Odds Remain Second in Division, but With Progress

The newest updates 2017 Major League Baseball league and division odds have been released by Bovada, www.Bovada.lv. The St. Louis Cardinals have the 10th lowest odds across MLB to win the World Series. Their 25/1 odds are the same as where they were in January, but better than in May,

Odds to win 2017 World Series 11/3/16  12/7/16  2/13/17 5/3/17 6/1/17
Houston Astros 16/1 12/1 14/1 8/1 19/4
Chicago Cubs 7/2 15/4 9/2 4/1 5/1
Cleveland Indians 14/1 12/1 8/1 6/1 13/2
Washington Nationals 12/1 9/1 10/1 8/1 7/1
Boston Red Sox 9/1 11/2 9/2 7/1 15/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/1 14/1 10/1 12/1 8/1
New York Yankees 25/1 14/1 25/1 16/1 12/1
Colorado Rockies 66/1 75/1 40/1 25/1 16/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 100/1 100/1 28/1 25/1
St. Louis Cardinals                22/1    25/1      22/1 33/1              25/1
Toronto Blue Jays 14/1 20/1 20/1 50/1 28/1
New York Mets 14/1 18/1 18/1 18/1 33/1
Baltimore Orioles 22/1 28/1 33/1 20/1 40/1
Detroit Tigers 22/1 28/1 33/1 33/1 40/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1 100/1 150/1 66/1 40/1
Texas Rangers 16/1 25/1 28/1 40/1 40/1
Los Angeles Angels 50/1 75/1 75/1 66/1 66/1
Seattle Mariners 25/1 25/1 33/1 40/1 66/1
San Francisco Giants 14/1 14/1 12/1 40/1 75/1
Tampa Bay Rays 66/1 75/1 75/1 66/1 75/1
Milwaukee Brewers 75/1 100/1 150/1 150/1 100/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 28/1 40/1 40/1 50/1 100/1
Kansas City Royals 33/1 33/1 33/1 100/1 125/1
Cincinnati Reds 100/1 100/1 150/1 150/1 200/1
Miami Marlins 40/1 66/1 75/1 50/1 200/1
Oakland Athletics 75/1 100/1 150/1 100/1 200/1
Atlanta Braves 100/1 75/1 100/1 250/1 300/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1 66/1 75/1 100/1 300/1
Philadelphia Phillies 100/1 100/1 150/1 150/1 500/1
San Diego Padres 100/1 100/1 150/1 200/1 500/1

The Cardinals remain with the sixth-lowest over-under in the National League at 11/1. That means a $1 bet would bring $11 plus the return of the stake – but only if the Cardinals win the pennant.

2017 NL Pennant 3/7/17 5/3/17 6/1/17
Chicago Cubs 7/4 7/4 5/2
Washington Nationals 5/1 4/1 11/4
Los Angeles Dodgers 5/1 6/1 7/2
Colorado Rockies 22/1 12/1 8/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1 14/1 11/1
St. Louis Cardinals   11/1 14/1 11/1
New York Mets 8/1 15/1 16/1
Milwaukee Brewers 75/1 50/1 40/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 28/1 40/1
San Francisco Giants 6/1 22/1 40/1
Cincinnati Reds 75/1 50/1 75/1
Miami Marlins 33/1 22/1 100/1
Atlanta Braves 40/1 100/1 150/1
Philadelphia Phillies 66/1 66/1 200/1
San Diego Padres 66/1 66/1 200/1

Moving to the divisions, the struggles of the NL Central defending Chicago Cubs are indicated by a slide in their odds from a ridiculous 1/10 last month to 1/3. The Cards are next in the NLC at 7/2 and are showing consistent shortening of their odds over the recent months.

Interestingly, the Pirates’ and Brewers’ fortunes have essentially flip-flopped since this spring – at least in terms of what the odds-makers see, with the Buccos and Reds now carrying the longest odds in the division at 33/1.

NL Central 3/7/17 5/3/17 6/1/17
Chicago Cubs 1/5 1/10 1/3
St. Louis Cardinals 11/2 7/1    7/2
Milwaukee Brewers 33/1 20/1 7/1
Cincinnati Reds 33/1 33/1 33/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 17/2 18/1 33/1
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4 Responses to “Cardinals’ Odds Remain Second in Division, but With Progress”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Mike Matheny may costs the team 5 wins per year, whereas TLR found ways to win a few more than the talent would warrant. That’s a big swing in terms of in game tactical decisions and the w-l revord at the end of the year.
    Mike has a nice personality that works for a strong team, but when a team is ho hum, he is not going to steal some wins for StL, but find innovative ways to lose.
    It is what it is.

  2. cardstatman says:

    With 33% of the season over, the Cards have no beginning of the season starters playing even average baseball. Veterans Fowler, Carpenter, and Molina are the best of the original starters but have only 1.6 fWAR combined which is of course below average for three thirds of a season. That is terrible.

    Gyorko and Pham have played well but Gyorko was a bench guy and Pham was in AAA through April. Now that Gyorko and Pham are off the bench, our bench is no longer a strength.

    Peralta, Molina, Diaz, and Grichuk have been dismal offensively with only subs Gyorko and Pham looking good.

    The outfield defense did not improve as promised with the exit of Holliday and Wong playing more 2B has not helped the infield either. After a third of a season, fangraphs says Fowler, Grichuk, Wong, Piscotty, and Pham are playing the worst defense. Fowler, Grichuk, and Wong were supposed to be the cure, not the disease.

    However, this same defense is backing up both the best starting pitching and one of the worst bullpens in MLB. Rosenthal is pitching well but can hardly pitch on back to back days. Oh has been surviving and Bowman has done okay but the rest of them pitch like lighter fluid drowning out a fire.

    On the other hand, their starting pitching has been awesome. This is the entire basis of our hope. Good starting pitching is the most important thing to have and bullpens should be fixable. Maybe the offense will wake up.

    The odds above say the Cards are 6th best in the NL. No playoffs.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      One purpose of this year is to develop Diaz, Grichuk, Wong, Piscotty. So far, they have been not too productive.

      The team does not have enough left swingers, with Adams traded.

      Beats me why Gyorko needed paternity leave. Hire a nanny.

  3. blingboy says:

    Last year the Cubs were so good there was no point trying to become competitive. This year the bar in the Central is so low we don’t have to try to be competitive to be competitive. That is a business model worthy of DeWallet if ever their was one.

    As to Gyoko, and Piscotty for that matter: Baseball players are mamby pambies now days. So are managers apparently.

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