Pittsburgh Pirates go from 100/1 to 25/1 to win World Series
The Pittsburgh Pirates began the season as a long shot to win the World Series. The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino had the Bucs at 100/1 while offshore book 5Dimes had them even longer at 125/1.
Now, 94 games into the season, the Pirates are 14 games above .500 and 25/1 to win the Fall Classic. They’re on pace to win 93 games, 19.5 games higher than the season win total bookies gave the club in March.
There are still 10 teams with shorter odds to win the World Series than the challengers from the NL Central but it’s pretty crazy to think a team that hasn’t made it to the playoffs since 1993 is priced this short to win the championship.
Jeff Sherman, oddsmaker at the LVH, said the Pirates were among a small group of teams (Cardinals, Blue Jays, Dodgers, White Sox and Cubs being the others) who his book has some exposure on.
There are, of course, a few teams that are disappointing many bettors this season, too. The Philadelphia Phillies opened as the favorites to win the World Series at 4/1 with a season win total at 93.5 wins. The club is now 50/1 to win the World Series
and is on pace to finish 21.5 games short of that win total.
The Boston Red Sox are the American League version of the Phillies. The Bo-Sox were the co-favorites from the AL – along with the New York Yankees – to win the World Series at 6/1. Oddsmakers now list Boston at 40/1 and the club is on pace to finish the year with a .500 record, or 9.5 wins shy of its season win total.
Here’s a chart comparing each team’s opening odds to its current odds to win the World Series. Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.