The “Boys of Summer” (at least most of them) are back and being the gambler that you are – You may wonder “Just what are the chances my team winning the NL or AL pennant and even go on to win the World Series?”
Well, let’s take a look, just like other off-seasons, there were free agent signings, trades, spring training injuries, players that retired and former big stars who have opted to play in Japan or signed minor league contracts hoping to make it back to the show.
Now, here’s pre-season look at the odds – called the “Baseball Futures” for the 2013 season – according to Vegas odds-makers.
Remember these odds change daily based on trades, injuries to key players and the way a team is currently playing.
ODDS TO WIN THE 2013 WORLD SERIES:
TorontoBlue Jays 8-1
Los AngelesDodgers 9-1
Los AngelesAngels 9-1
San FranciscoGiants 12-1
St. LouisCardinals 18-1
New YorkYankees 20-1
BostonRed Sox 30-1
ChicagoWhite Sox 40-1
Kansas CityRoyals 50-1
San DiegoPadres 75-1
New YorkMets 100-1
According to the odds makers in Vegas, here are the teams that improved the most from last season’s odds:
1-Baltimore Orioles, 2-Toronto Blue Jays, 3-Los Angeles Dodgers 4-Washington Nationals
Now, before you get too depressed (if your team’s odds are near the bottom) keep this in mind – in recent history, some long shots went on to win not only the NL or AL Pennant, but also the World Series – So get out there and cheer your team on! Finally, again this year – Still no line available on whether Pete Rose will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.