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9/30/2013 8:40:00 AM
With the 2013 MLB playoffs set to kick off, which teams are the sportsbooks favoring to take home the title? We cover the current MLB odds helping you to decide where to place your MLB picks.
As of Monday morning 11 teams remained in the running for
this year's World Series title. That field will be whittled to 10 after
Monday's Tampa/Texas game, and to eight by Wednesday night.
Heading into the playoffs, who's the favorite to win it all?
Who are the longest shots? And where might the most tempting MLB odds lay?
So before locking in your MLB picks, here's a quick look at what's being offered on the World
Series betting board at 5Dimes.
After the lost season of last year the Boston Red Sox won
the AL East this year and own home-field advantage throughout the playoffs,
thanks to their AL-best record and the Americans' victory in the All-Star game
back in July.
The Sox led the Majors in scoring this year, but got a scare
when lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury took a foul ball of his foot back in
August. He missed most of the month of September, and while he eventually
returned, that foot is not healed. If Ellsbury, who led the Majors in stolen
bases this year with 52, goes down again, it could affect Boston
As of Monday morning the Red Sox were the favorites on
5Dimes' World Series board at a price of +350.
The star-studded LA Dodgers started slowly this year, but
used an historic run to catapult themselves to an NL West Division title. LA
will be without OF Matt Kemp during these playoffs, but his absence didn't seem to matter too much during the
The Dodgers were listed at +390 on 5Dimes' World Series
AL Central champion Detroit, with its nasty lineup and
formidable starting rotation, was getting +435; and NL Central champion St.
Louis, the top seed in the National League, was being offered at +675.
The no-name Oakland A's rode a deep rotation to a
second-straight AL West title, while the Atlanta Braves, helped along by the
best bullpen in baseball, won the NL East.
Oakland was getting +800 at 5Dimes to win the Series, while
Atlanta was getting +850.
The two Ohio teams, the Reds and Indians, are both in the
playoffs as wild-card entrants.
Cincy hung around in the NL Central this season, but
ultimately had to settle for third place and a wild-card game at Pittsburgh
Tuesday night. The Reds are in the playoffs for the third time in the last four
seasons, although they haven't won a postseason series since 1995.
Cleveland hung tough in the AL Central, and will host the AL
wild-card game Wednesday night. The Tribe is in the playoffs for the first time
Both Cincinnati and Cleveland were getting +1500 on the
World Series board at 5Dimes.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the playoffs for the first
time since Jim Leland and Barry Bonds got them there back in 1992. Pittsburgh
rode its pitching staff, which ranked third in the Majors with a 3.26 ERA, to
94 wins and will host the NL wild-card game Tuesday.
The Pirates don't score a lot of runs, but they did try to
add to their offense with the acquisitions of Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd and
John Buck in late-season trades. The Bucs can also boast of one of the best
bullpens in baseball.
5Dimes was offering +1850 on Pittsburgh winning the Series
for the first time since Pops Stargell and the Family pulled it off back in
Finally, we come to the two teams who meet for a Game 163
Monday night. Tampa Bay won on the last day of the season to avoid a minor
collapse, while Texas won its last seven games to forge a tie for that second
AL wild-card spot. The Rays are playing beyond the regular season for the
fourth time in the last six years, while the Rangers are doing so for the
fourth straight season.
Heading into Monday night's wild-card play-in game in
Arlington Tampa was getting +2500 at 5Dimes to win the Series, while Texas was
lined at +2700.
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When the favorite is listed at odds of 7/2 it's probably
safe to assume we're dealing with a wide-open field.
Boston has a lot going for it, including HF advantage, but
Ellsbury's foot concerns us.
The Dodgers were the hottest team in recent history, but we
wonder if they didn't peak too early.
Detroit, though, didn't make a whole lot of noise during the
regular season, and while Justin Verlander struggled a bit, the Tigers still won 93
games. And they may possess the toughest lineup, top to bottom, in baseball,
anchored by the great Miguel Cabrera. So among the favorites we like the Motor
City Kitties at the +435 to win the Series.
As for the longer shots the A's are a nice story, and the
Braves have the bullpen, but we'd like to see better odds before playing either
The Pirates just don't score enough, and the Rays are
But the Rangers, the
longest shot on the board, intrigue us. They've got some nice starting
pitching, led by an ace in Darvish; the bullpen is solid; and while the lineup
doesn't include the boppers it once did, they get back Nelson Cruz for the
playoffs. Texas played under the radar most of the season, rallied late to host
Monday's game, and has plenty of post-season experience. So we'll go with a
flyer bet on the Rangers at the +2700.