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2013 Baseball Gambling: Handicapping Bovada World Series Odds

World Series Favorites – Bovada Has it a 5 Team Race

I know it may not seem like it in many parts of the US and Canada but spring is just around the corner and in the world of Baseball, catchers and pitchers are already reporting to camp. This year, the oddsmakers like a few of the usual suspects and they have welcomed in a few new teams into the realm of the MLB favorites.

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Let’s break it all down.

Toronto Blue Jays 7/

1 – unfortunately for the Jays, there isn’t an award for “most improved in the offseason”. But this team sure did make a little noise acquiring reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A.Dickey, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from Miami and Melky Cabrera. That’s three quality starters to their rotation and three quality position players to play alongside Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus in the batting order. Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow still exist as well in the rotation. Depth, talent and pure excitement have the Jays looking legit! Watch out for Toronto who should be a shoe-in for the playoffs at very least!

Washington Nationals 8/1

– The Nationals – favorites in the NL? You gotta be kidding! Believe it folks. Blossoming prospects, terrific front office moves and a young hungry lineup have expectations in the Nation’s Capital sky-high. They finished last year’s Regular Season as the league’s best and this year they will be eager to erase the postseason disappointment. Steven Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez (if the alleged drug issues don’t become a distraction), Jordan Zimmerman, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler make up one of the most formidable starting rotations in the game – top 5 for sure! Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span and Ian Desmond make up a pretty nice batting order to boot. The patience appears to be paying off for Nats fans – they have quite a team heading into 2013.

Detroit Tigers 9/1

– The Tigers have an incredible mix of starting pitching and an incredible batting order. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello make up one of the better starting rotations in the game – Verlander being the difference maker. AL MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera leads an offense that boasts Prince Fielder, newly signed Torii Hunter and the Victor Martinez who returns from injury. The Tigers have it all.

Los Angeles Dodgers 8/1

– The Dodgers never really got to enjoy the fruits of the trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto the Dodgers for not much, outside of a couple of good prospects. That will almost certainly have to change this year. With Crawford and Gonzalez protecting Matt Kemp in the lineup and names like Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez down the order, the Dodgers anemic offense will surely improve. The starting rotation should be one of the better in the NL as well – Clayton Kershaw will be joined by Zack Greinke, Beckett of course and international star Hyun-Jin Ryu. On paper this team has what it takes to contend but with the Dodgers we never know what is going to happen.

Los Angeles Angels 9/1

– The Angels may have the best lineup in the game but this team has been no stranger to disappointment the past few seasons. If they can shrug the choker status, the Angels could contend. The starting rotation includes Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson and newly acquired Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas. The offense added prize free agent Josh Hamilton as if they needed any boost to support Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. The Angels are plain scary and in my eye, the team to beat this season.

Atlanta Braves 14/1

– pitching will keep this team in the race. The Braves’ rotation is headlined by veteran Tim Hudson and then several good, young arms follow including Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran. And then there’s the bullpen which is arguably tops in the league. Craig Kimbrel is a fantastic closer who will have Jonny Venters, Walden and a couple of other impact arms ahead of him. But where is the offense going to come from?

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Cincinnati Reds 14/1

– playoff team from last year certainly is intriguing again this year. The talent is still there although they seem to be at a B+/A- level compared to the elite of the NL.

New York Yankees 14/1

– always waiting for an utter collapse with this team but it never seems to happen!

San Francisco Giants 14/1

– the defending champs aren’t getting a whole lotta love are they? They have won two of the last three titles. Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum are still a formidable starting staff. But Lincecum has become a major question mark and the offense is still just above average. It’s difficult to see this team repeating!

Texas Rangers 14/1

– have lost too many pieces to the Angels in particular to be considered a serious favorite.

Philadelphia Phillies 18/1
St. Louis Cardinals 20/1
Tampa Bay Rays 25/1
Boston Red Sox 30/1
Oakland Athletics 33/1
Baltimore Orioles 40/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1
Kansas City Royals 50/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 50/1
Cleveland Indians 75/1
San Diego Padres 75/1
Seattle Mariners 75/1
Chicago Cubs 100/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1
Miami Marlins 100/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1
New York Mets 100/1
Houston Astros 200/1

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