The sportsbooks checked have seen movement on their futures odds for winning the American and National League's for the right to meet in the Fall Classic at the end of October.
The MLB odds changes are not extraordinary, yet still worth consideration and if you see something for your sports picks on futures that looks inviting you might want to make a move.
Latest News on the AL
With a number of teams, particularly in the AL East, playing good baseball, the adjustments have been numerous. It starts with first place Tampa Bay who three weeks ago were running anywhere from 12 to 14/1 to be league champions. However, their fine play over the last several weeks has thrown them up 9/1 at places like Heritage Sports.
Toronto has also been lowered as baseball's top scoring team as their entire batting order basically caught fire and they are averaging 5.5 runs per game. Baseball handicappers are looking at the Blue Jays every day, because if they get any sort of pitching they are 23-7 in games determined by four or more runs and their odds have dropped from 11/1 to 9/1.
Baltimore a few weeks ago was 16/1 almost everywhere, however, their betting odds have been chopped as they have won impressively of late. The Orioles' numbers are more scattered, listed anywhere from 14/1 to 10/1, depending on the sportsbook.
Both Detroit and Houston have slid back, as concerns about the depth of their starting pitching is mounting. The Tigers were 6/1 and went back to 7/1 (though still the second choice in the AL) and the Astros went from 13/2 to 8/1, tied with the New York Yankees.
Kansas City remains the front-runner at 5/1 and have the most complete team in the AL. If the Royals acquire a starting pitcher who is at least a middle of the rotation guy known for throwing deeper into games, this will only enhance Kansas City's chances of repeating.
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Latest News on the NL
The same trio of favorites remain, Washington, Los Angeles and St. Louis, but there has been modifications. In the first week of June, each was listed at 3/1, making it a guessing game beyond personal preference. Since that time all have taken a tiny step backwards, though hardly noticeable, unless you place the wager, because your payout on any of them at this time is now larger.
The St. Louis Cardinals are now the team of choice at 7/2, followed closely behind by the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers at 10/3. There are growing concerns that Washington might never get healthy and L.A. is ringing up some big home/road dichotomy numbers which has bettor's questioning them.
The biggest positive movers are Pittsburgh and Chicago. The Pirates have been receiving tremendous pitching and are right behind St. Louis in every important category in the league and have fallen from 10/1 to 9/1. The Cubs' young exciting players take turns being the hitting heroes and despite having a cast of largely unknown pitchers behind Jon Lester, Chicago has moved up to fourth in the NL in ERA and second in OBP allowed. The Cubs are also the first team this season to beat the Dodgers when Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have pitched back-to-back games this season. Joe Maddon' squad has sunk from 11/1 to 10/1.
San Francisco has slipped ever so slightly from 8/1 to 9/1, as there are genuine concerns about how good this team really is other than when they face their chief rival Los Angeles. This is brought to a head knowing the Giants are 9-3 against L.A. and 29-31 versus everybody else. San Fran still deserve ample respect for past accomplishments, but are hardly unbeatable.
The rest of the teams do not deserve consideration at this point. It is very difficult not to think one of the Big 3 wins the NL for MLB picks, nonetheless, do not go to sleep on the Pirates.