2013 MLB Futures Update
The All-Star break marks the official halfway point of the 2013 MLB regular season even though most teams have already played about 60 percent of the 162-game schedule. Bookmaker has crunched all the numbers from the first half of the season in order to update their futures odds to win both the American League and National League Pennant as well as this season’s World Series. The following is a look at a few of the top contenders in each of the leagues.
American League Futures
The team at the top of the list to win the AL this season is the Detroit Tigers at 3/1 and their odds to win the World Series are 13/2. The Tigers started the season as 17/4 second-favorites to win the American League and 8/1 second-favorites to win it all so they are right on track with an overall record of 52-42 and a game and a half lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.
The second-favorite to win the AL Pennant heading into the second-half of the season is the surprising Boston Red Sox at 17/4. They are 9/1 fourth-favorites to go on and win the World Series. After a disastrous 2012 campaign, Boston opened at 14/1 to win the AL and at 30/1 to win the World Series but have been able proved the Oddsmakers wrong so far with an AL-best 58-39 record through its first 97 games and a 2.5-game lead over Tampa Bay in the Al East.
The Oakland Athletics are currently listed as 9/2 third-favorites to win the entire American League after opening the season as just third-favorites to win the AL West behind Los Angeles and Texas. Oakland’s odds to win the World Series this season are now 10/1 after opening the season at 30/1 to win it all. It currently has a two-game lead over the Rangers in the division with the Angels sitting 11 full games out of first place.
The odds to win the American League for a few of the other top contenders starts with Texas at 6/1 followed by Tampa Bay at 15/2, Baltimore at 10/1 and Cleveland at 12/1.
National League Futures
The St. Louis Cardinals at 7/2 are the current odds-on-favorites to win the National League this season after posting a NL-best 57-36 record in their first 93 games of the year. They are 7/1 second-favorites to add a second World Series title in three years to their already impressive resume. The Cardinals started the season at 10/1 odds to win the NL Pennant and at 20/1 to win the World Series.
Another surprising team this season has been the Atlanta Braves. They were considered by most to be the second-best team in the NL East this season behind Washington, but they have carved-out a six-game lead over the Nationals through the first half with an overall record of 54-41 that includes a solid 31-15 mark at home. The Braves are listed as 17/4 second-favorites to win the NL crown and as 8/1 third-favorites to win the World Series. They opened the season at 7/1 to win the National League and at 16/1 to win a world title.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were 4/1 second-favorites to win the NL before the season started and after overcoming a very rocky start, they remain second favorites along with Atlanta at 17/4. Their original odds to win the World Series were 9/1 and they have remained the same on Bovada’s most recent list. Los Angeles went 7-3 in its last 10 games before the All-Star break to climb just 2.5 games in back of Arizona in the NL West title race with an overall record of 47-47.
The odds for the next four contenders to win the NL have Cincinnati at 6/1, Pittsburgh at 13/2, Washington at 15/2 and Arizona at 10/1.
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