|Written by Mike|
Bet on the MLBThe midway point of the 2015 MLB season is approaching and there are some interesting things going along in terms of the MLB betting odds for winning the World Series. These include some changes based heavily on how expectations have changed for many teams.
Note: All records are as of June 15.
A Three-Way Fight
The 37-26 Los Angeles Dodgers, 41-21 St. Louis Cardinals and 34-25 Kansas City Royals are all big contenders right now. The Dodgers are 7-1 favorites to win while the Cardinals and Royals are at 15-2.
The Dodgers have off of their pitching but Clayton Kershaw is only the second-best performer on the staff. Zack Greinke has a 1.95 ERA, a total that is more than a point removed from Kershaw's. Meanwhile, the Cardinals haven't let injuries to Adam Wainwright or Jaime Garcia derail them.
As for the Royals, the team wasn't heavily expected to surprise again. The team has thrived with a .266 average.
The Nationals Are Hanging On
The Washington Nationals were the big favorites in most sportsbooks at the start of the season. They still have 8-1 odds to win. At 33-30, the Nats have been struggling to keep a hold on the AL East. The 34-30 New York Mets have climbed up to 20-1.
The Rangers May Have a Shot
The Texas Rangers were listed at 100-1 to win the Series at the start of the year. The team has moved to 33-1. With a 33-30 record, the Rangers have benefited from Prince Fielder having a .343 average and the team getting close to 300 total runs.
Is This REALLY the Year?
The Chicago Cubs are steady at 18-1 to win the Series. The 34-27 Cubs are in a good fight for a wild card spot. Kris Bryant, who has a .294 average, could be a ROY contender.
The Padres Have Fallen
The San Diego Padres were at 18-1 but have fallen to 33-1 so far. Matt Kemp, Will Middlebrooks and many other new acquisitions haven't done as well as the team had hoped. They are only 32-33 and just recently fired manager Bud Black, thus making Dave Roberts their interim manager.