MLB Playoff odds

By: Ross Kuebler

One week from today, The National League Wild Card game will take place.  The Cincinnati Reds will most likely take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one game playoff to determine who will join the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinal in the Division Championship round.  While I have often thought Bud Selig to be the baseball equivalent to the man who designed the Boeing 787 battery system, the one game wild card playoff game is truly inspiring.  No longer are teams coasting to the wire just content with locking up a space in the playoffs.  There is no owner, GM, or manager who wants the 162 game season to end in a one game playoff which means they are riding their teams to the finish like Stevie Cauthen on Affirmed in the 1978 Belmont Stakes.

On the American League side of things the Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, and Detroit Tigers have seemingly avoided the lottery game while Tampa Bay, Cleveland and the reeling Texas Rangers try to book a spot in next Wednesday’s American League wild card game.

Based on the one game wild card matchup those teams are long shots to capture the World Series crown.  This is reflected in the odds currently posted at where they have the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Tigers all co-favored at 7/2 to win the title.

The Atlanta Braves, close to wrapping up the NL East race, are then at 7/1 odds to win the World Series along with the Oakland Athletics and St Louis Cardinals.   Oakland had been in a dogfight with the Texas Rangers for top spot in the AL West for most of the season until building up a solid lead in that division race over the past two weeks.

The remaining odds are as follows; Cincinnati Reds 10/1 along with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Cleveland Indians are 12/1 odds while the Texas Rangers have fallen from one of the favorites to 20/1 and currently not in the playoffs.  The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals both on the outside needing a miracle to get in are 50/1 and Baltimore who is mathematically still alive are 100/1 .


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