The World Series oddsboard was shaken up as a flurry of deals were made before Monday’s MLB trade deadline.
The big winners, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers as well as pretty much every baseball observer out there, are the Rangers, who leapfrogged the Indians as the favorites to win the American League. Listed at 10/1 odds a week ago, Texas’ price was shortened to 6/1 after acquiring Carlos Beltran from the Yankees and catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.
Lucroy was not only a gain for the Rangers, he was a loss for the Indians, too, as he enacted his no-trade clause to nix a deal that would have sent him to Cleveland. The Tribe, however, did land reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees and stayed put at 7/1 odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Thanks to playing in the same division as the Rangers, the Astros’ chances at a post-season berth were knocked down more than a few pegs. Trailing Texas by 5.5 games in the AL West and sitting in fourth place in the wild-card standings (after Tuesday’s action), Houston has an awful lot of ground to make up. Their odds to win the World Series have doubled at the Westgate, from 10/1 pre-deadline to 20/1 post-deadline.
In the AL East, the Blue Jays – after acquiring starting pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, reliever Scott Feldman from the Astros, reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners and outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres – made a significant move up the betting board, their World Series odds shortened from 14/1 to 10/1. While just a few games separate Toronto, Baltimore and Boston at the top of the division, the Orioles’ futures price lengthened from 12/1 to 14/1.
Over in the NL, the Cubs remain firmly entrenched in their role as World Series favorite, although their odds to win in all returned to 7/2 from the 3/1 number it was shortened to after acquiring Aroldis Chapman.
The Mets acquired NL RBI leader Jay Bruce from the Reds and pitcher Jon Niese from the Pirates, but with New York heading in the wrong direction in the standings, their World Series price was bumped from 20/1 to 25/1.
The Dodgers brought aboard outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed starter Rich Hill, and saw their World Series odds trimmed from 14/1 to 10/1. But until we know more about Clayton Kershaw’s back, it’s hard to see L.A. drawing much interest from futures bettors.
Here’s a chart showing how all 30 teams moved on the World Series oddsboard once the dust from the trade deadline settled.
2016 World Series odds
|Team||Last week’s odds||Post-deadline odds|
|San Francisco GIANTS||6/1||6/1|
|Los Angeles DODGERS||14/1||10/1|
|Toronto BLUE JAYS||14/1||10/1|
|Boston RED SOX||12/1||12/1|
|St Louis CARDINALS||30/1||20/1|
|New York METS||20/1||25/1|
|Chicago WHITE SOX||60/1||100/1|
|Kansas City ROYALS||100/1||300/1|
|Los Angeles ANGELS||500/1||500/1|
|New York YANKEES||100/1||1000/1|
|Tampa Bay RAYS||9999/1||9999/1|
|San Diego PADRES||5000/1||9999/1|