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MLB Betting – An Early Look At The 2012 World Series Odds

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With Super Bowl 46 now in the rearview mirror, and the 2012 March Madness betting tournament just around the corner, it won’t be long before April is here and a new Major League Baseball season is underway. It seems as though the more things change, the more they remain the same when it comes to the baseball world, and that includes the future odds for which team will win the World Series this upcoming season. The Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox are all once again listed in the top-five for sports betting odds, with the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers and fellow AL West rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounding out that list.

Verlander-mlb-bettingAfter winning an MLB-high 102 games last season, the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to win the World Series at 9/2 odds. The Phillies return the deepest starting rotation in baseball with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and 24-year old Vance Worley leading the way, and with the departure of a couple of key sluggers from last year’s contenders to the AL, Philadelphia also has one of the best orders in the National League. The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals lost Albert Pujols, while the reigning NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers lost Prince Fielder, and will be without MVP Ryan Braun for the first 50 games. Beyond the Phillies at 9/2, the next best option from the NL doesn’t appear until the seventh spot in the San Francisco Giants at 15/1, which illustrates just how empty the cupboard appears to be in the NL this season.

The per head numbers are drastically different in the AL, where the Yankees are listed at 6/1, followed by the Angels, Red Sox, and Rangers at 8/1, and the Detroit Tigers at 10/1. The Angels made a huge splash when they stole CJ Wilson from Texas, but that move was an afterthought when they brought in Pujols from St. Louis. Even with the moves Los Angeles and Texas are both listed at 8/1, a spot they surprisingly share with a Red Sox team that hasn’t done much in terms of personnel following last season’s late collapse. The same can be said about the Yankees as they continue to shop AJ Burnett after adding Michael Pineda. Despite having a solid batting order, New York lacks the top arms that some of its rival’s boast, and that could be their undoing. Detroit could end up being the wild card of this group with the addition of Fielder, as they already have one of the best arms in the game with Justin Verlander now in his prime, and Miguel Cabrera proved last year what he could do when his head is in the right place.

The good thing about MLB futures is that rarely does a team not listed in the top-10 for future odds end up coming through and winning the World Series, which in theory should make it easier to break down the field and focus on the top teams. The Phillies look like a lock at the NL pennant and should have a good shot at the World Series, while the Tigers could represent the best value for an AL team, with the Angels and Yankees also figuring in to the mix.

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