What are the odds? World Series futures
If you look back at the last five teams to win the World Series, you would find that the 2009 New York Yankees were the only team that opened the regular season as the odds-on-favorite to win the World Series that year.
Boston opened as an 11/2 second favorite when it won it all in 2007 with the Yankees the top favorite at 7/2. The Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series at 15/1 odds, with both the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers favored at 5/1. In 2009, New York was opened at 7/1 to win it all, which were the best odds on the board, and they came through with the win.
The last two seasons there was some money to be made if you had a crystal ball, with San Francisco going all the way in 2010 as a moderate 20/1 longshot. The St. Louis Cardinals pulled off the same feat at 20/1 odds in 2011 with their improbable World Series title run. The Yankees opened as 3/1 favorites in 2010 and the Phillies were 3/1 favorites last season.
There are a number of longshots in excellent position this season to pull off the big payday for anyone who took a flyer on their preseason odds. The following is a look at a few teams that have the best chance at winning this year’s World Series, along with their original and current odds to win it all.
The Chicago White Sox are currently two games up on Detroit for the lead in the AL Central. They opened at 65/1 and are now down to 15/1 on Bovada’s latest MLB World Series futures.
The next best value is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in a dogfight with San Francisco for the NL West title. They opened at 40/1 and are now listed at 9/1.
The Washington Nationals should win the NL East, barring any kind of catastrophic collapse. Should they go on to win the World Series, you could have cashed in on their preseason odds of 30/1. Jumping on the bandwagon now would only provide a 15/2 return if the Nationals win it all.
The real high-flyers that are left in the hunt are Baltimore, which opened at 150/1 and is now down to 30/1, Pittsburgh, which opened at 100/1 and is currently 28/1, and Oakland, which opened at 80/1 and is now listed at 28/1.