What are the odds? Biggest MLB money makers
This week’s MLB All-Star break marks the halfway point of the 162-game regular season, offering a perfect opportunity to take a look which teams have provided the best return on investment so far.
While a few of the preseason favorites, such as the New York Yankees in the American League and the San Francisco Giants in the National League, have healthy returns on the moneyline, the top of the list is led by four upstarts that have far exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The following is a look at each of the four teams in terms of the preseason and current odds for each to win their respective pennant and World Series along with their current return on the moneyline:
New York Mets
The Mets were the consensus pick to finish last in the NL East this season. They were 40-1 long shots to win the NL Pennant and 80-1 long shots to win the World Series. They are currently third in the division at 46-40 and 4.5 games in back of Washington for the lead.
New York has had its odds cut in half and is now at 22-1 to win the NL and 40-1 to win it all. The Mets overall return on the moneyline is 10.05 units through 86 games, making them the fourth-most profitable team in the league to wager on.
The third-most profitable team are the Nationals, who have vaulted to the lead in the NL East with an overall record of 49-34. Their return on the moneyline in these 83 games is a healthy 10.66 units.
The Nationals opened the season at 15-1 to win the NL Pennant and are now one of three favorites at 5-1, along with the Giants and Cincinnati. Washington’s odds to win the World Series started at 30-1 and are now 12-1.
Moving to the American League, the team with the second-best return so far is the Baltimore Orioles at 12.37 units. They have given up some major ground to the Yankees over the past month or so, but they are still 45-40 overall.
The Orioles had the steepest odds at 75-1 to win the AL Pennant and were 150-1 long shots to win it all. They are now at 18-1 to win the AL and 40-1 to win the World Series.
The team with the best return on the moneyline by far through the first half is the Pittsburgh Pirates at 18.87 units. They are currently at the top of the NL Central by one game with an overall record of 48-37 and showing little signs of letting up with a 10-2 record in their last 12 games.
The Pirates opened at 100-1 to win the World Series and 40-1 to win the NL. They are still 60-1 long shots to win it all and at 22-1 to win the NL, which offers some tremendous value if you have the confidence they can continue winning over the next three months.