The Toronto Blue Jays are making a move in the American League East and the oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bodog are starting to notice.
The Blue Jays have won nine of their last 11 games, with all nine wins coming within the division against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. That strong run has also moved Toronto to only 2.5 games back of first place in the division and only a game back of the final Wild Card spot.
For bettors the Blue Jays’ climb up the standings in the American League has meant their World Series odds at Bodog have hit +1400. The odds on the Blue Jays winning the American League pennant are up to +750.
While the Blue Jays’ odds are improving one of the teams they’re chasing in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox, are slowly dropping. Just last week the Red Sox were listed at +800 on the World Series odds, along with the San Francisco Giants. After going 1-4 in their last five Boston has slid to +1000.
Boston remains the AL Pennant favorite at +450, but they’ve got the red-hot Texas Rangers closing in on them. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention the Rangers have won seven of their last eight games and 13 of their last 15. If you’re looking for the Rangers on the World Series futures you’ll find them just in front of Toronto at +1400.
Over in the National League the favorite to win the pennant is also the World Series favorite. The Chicago Cubs keep cruising along with the best record in baseball, the best odds on the World Series futures at +350, and the best NL Pennant odds at +175.
One team bettors may want to keep an eye on are the Houston Astros. After a horrible start to the season the Astros were almost written off by some people, despite last year’s breakout campaign. The young Astros may finally be finding their game; Houston has won eight of their last nine games and are nearly back to .500.
The Astros should find out just how good they are this week when they face the division-leading Rangers. Houston are big underdogs on the AL Pennant odds at +1600, and are at +3300 on the World Series futures.