December 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Off-season additions having immediate impact on World Series odds
Just got the latest World Series odds courtesy of online gaming site Bovada and they list the Toronto Blue Jays as favorites to win the World Series following their acquisition of Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets. The Blue Jays were at 12/1 odds to win it all before the acquisition, but now have moved up to 15/2, just slightly ahead of the Los Angeles Angels at 17/2.
It’s worth noting that last week, after the Angels acquired free agent Josh Hamilton, they became Bovada’s favorite to win the World Series. So, that lasted less than a week. The Dodgers are third (tied for second, really) at 17/2, followed by the Nationals at 9/1 and the Tigers at 10/1.
The Mariners are a bit further down the list at 75/1, in a four-way tie with the Mets, Indians and Twins.
What’s interesting about these odds is that they do reflect a changing-of-the-guard of sorts in the game, especially with the Yankees not making an appearance until No. 8 on the list at 14/1. That’s just behind two other playoff teams, the Rangers and Reds, who are at 12/1. But we don’t see any previous division winners in the top three, which is somewhat unusual based on my experience of looking at these odds.
Much of that is due to the downfall of the Red Sox, usually a perennial placeholder in the top echelons of these predictions. Also, the Yankees, with their short-term payroll trimming and lack of moves this winter other than Kevin Youkilis, could be due for a step back, perhaps even missing the playoffs for only the second time since 1993.
Also worth noting is that last year’s two surprise playoff teams — the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles — don’t appear on the list until the middle of the pack, with the A’s at 30/1 and the Orioles at 40/1.
Here are the odds for all 30 teams: