With the MLB trade deadline coming and going, the push towards the World Series officially begins. For some teams, the race to October is finished with their losing records. Other teams are favorites to walk away with a championship, while the remaining clubs are just hoping to play October baseball.
The Houston Astros were already one of the stronger teams in the MLB before the deadline. After their moves this past week, the Stros are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers with the best odds to win the World Series. Online bookmaker BetOnline has Houston and LA at +300 to win the World Series.
Online bookmaker BetOnline has both the Dodgers and Astros at +300 to win the World Series.
Not far behind the Dodgers or Stros are the New York Yankees. Listed at +350, many wonder if the Yankees’ pitching staff will be able to get them to the World Series. New York wasn’t aggressive at the deadline, much to the dismay of their fans. Many believed the Yanks would snag Marcus Stroman from Toronto but he went to the Mets.
From there, you’re still looking at threats, but it’s uncertain how these teams will handle the postseason. Atlanta are listed at +1200, Minnesota Twins are listed at +1400 and the Cleveland Indians are listed at +1600.
One interesting thing is the odds for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. As of August 2nd, the Cards have a 0.5 lead on the Cubs for the top spot in the NL Central. If this were to hold until the playoffs, Chicago would be a Wild Card team. Still, BetOnline has the Cardinals listed at +2000 while the Cubs are listed at +1600.