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 considerably.
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 regular season.
The Dodgers were listed at +390 on 5Dimes' World Series board.
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 2007.
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 1979.
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 of them.
The Pirates just don't score enough, and the Rays are inconsistent.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.