2013 World Series Odds
The Sportsbooks have set the co-favorites at +800 are the Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals, and Detroit Tigers. That's a hefty price for a World Series favorite at this point, but the truth of the matter is that it is warranted due to the fact that the normally big name clubs, the Boston Red Sox (+4000) and New York Yankees (+1000) have some major issues to tend to in the offseason. Washington made its case even stronger this week by signing Dan Haren to help solidify an already bolstered pitching staff, but the Tigers and Halos still have two of the best teams in the game for sure.
The defending World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants are +1500. Buster Posey, the league's MVP is back once again, and so will the mass majority of the team be returning. Of course, the team hopes for better out of Tim Lincecum this year, who wasn't even in the rotation for most of the MLB playoffs.
The Giants are also going to need to find another hitter to replace Melky Cabrera, who was batting .346 last year before failing a drug test and essentially getting kicked off the team. Cabrera is one of the many that will be playing this year for the Toronto Blue Jays, who are +1200 to win it all. The Jays went out and made the move of the offseason, essentially taking every good piece of the puzzle from the Florida Marlins who, for what it's worth, are one of the longest shots on the board at +10000. Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, and Josh Johnson all now call the Great White North home, and they are hoping to have the success in Toronto that they never were able to have in South Beach.
Other favorites this year on the World Series odds include the Texas Rangers (+1000), Los Angeles Dodgers (+1000), Atlanta Braves (+1200), Cincinnati Reds (+1500), Philadelphia Phillies (+1200), St. Louis Cardinals (+1500), and Tampa Bay Rays (+1600). Last year's sweethearts of the playoffs, the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles are both tremendous long shots to repeat that success this year, as they are +3000 and +5000 respectively.