Blue Jays Still the World Series Favorites

The Toronto Blue Jays and their high-powered offense continue to lead the way on the World Series futures at online sportsbook Bodog. And the Jays have actually gotten a bit of a boost after their red-hot August hitting +350 on those future odds.

The Blue Jays were unstoppable at times in the month of August. Toronto was 21-6 in the month, which included an 11-game winning streak and series sweeps over Minnesota, the Yankees, Oakland the Angels and Detroit. Edwin Encarnacion was on fire hitting .407 with a 1.379 OPS, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 23 games. Toronto has also gotten all they could have hoped for from David Price, who in seven starts in Toronto is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Right behind the Jays on the odds list at Bodog is Kansas City at +550, and the Dodgers and St. Louis are both at +600. The Royals have stumbled a bit in September but still own the best record in the AL and are running away with the AL Central division. After beating up on the Tigers to get the month started the Royals were swept by the White Sox, getting outscored 25-7. Also discouraging was a poor start by pickup Johnny Cueto, who was roughed up for five runs in only three innings, and in eight starts with Kansas City he is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

The Cardinals continue to own the best record in baseball thanks to what can only be described as out of this world pitching. Every member of the Cardinals rotation except Carlos Martinez has an ERA under 3.00 and Martinez isn’t far off at 3.04. The Dodgers have the best one-two punch in baseball with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, which could be lethal in a seven-games series.

Rounding out the top five at Bodog are the New York Mets at +900. The Mets weren’t supposed to be this good this fast. Apparently no one told Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steve Matz, who help make up one of the best rotations in baseball. What’s even scarier is that deGrom is the oldest of the bunch and he’s still only 27.

Other contenders for baseball’s biggest prize include Pittsburgh at +1000, with the Cubs, Yankees and Astros all at +1200, the Rangers at +2000, and the Nationals at +2500.