World Series Odds: Blue Jays Lead the Pack

The Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash at trade deadline time, adding a big arm and a big bat, and received instant results, jumping right into the thick of the American League pennant race. And that recent success has been felt on MLB futures betting boards; in fact, as of early this week Toronto was the new top choice at online sportsbook Bodog to win this year’s World Series, at a price of +400.

Since the Jays acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado they’ve won 15 of 18 games, heading into a series at Philadelphia beginning Tuesday night. And they won the first two games David Price, who came over in a trade with Detroit, started for them. Toronto briefly grabbed the lead in the AL East from the Yankees, relinquished it back with losses in the first two games of a just-completed series in the Bronx, but looks like it’s in this pennant race to stay.

The defending American League champion Kansas City Royals were the new second choice on the Bodog World Series board at +500. Heading into the week KC, which also made some noise at the trade deadline, adding Johnny Cueto to bolster the starting rotation and Ben Zobrist for an additional stick, owned a 12-game lead in the AL Central and a 6.5-game lead over New York in the battle for the best record in the AL.

The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals and NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers came next as co-third choices at +750. Entering the week St. Louis led LA by 8.5 games in the race for the best record in the National League.

The NL East-leading and pitching-rich New York Mets came next on the Bodog World Series board at +1000. Thanks to a recent 11-2 run, and struggles by the Washington Nationals, the Mets began this week with a 4.5-game divisional lead.

That other New York baseball outfit, the one that wears those Pinstripes and began the week with a half-game lead in the AL East, came next at +1200, along with the upstart leaders of the AL West, the Houston Astros, a tough Pittsburgh Pirates squad and the young Chicago Cubs, who if the playoffs began Monday would be in for the first time since 2008.

The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants were the next entry on the board at +1800.  But Frisco began the week 3.5 games behind the Cubbies in the NL Wild Card race, and besides, this is an odd-numbered year. But watch out next season.

The Los Angeles Angels, a half-game back in the AL Wild Card race to start the week, were also getting +1800. And the Nationals, in danger of fading away in the NL playoff picture, were listing at +2000.

Elsewhere on the Bodog World Series board the Baltimore Orioles, who owned the second AL Wild Card spot heading into the week, were getting +3300; the Texas Rangers, who sat just one game behind the Orioles, were priced at +4000; and the Minnesota Twins, trying to stay alive, just a game and a half back of the O’s, were getting +7500.