As the Major League Baseball season enters the home stretch, the Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged as 11-2 betting favorites to win the 2014 World Series.
The Dodgers had started the season as favorites, with odds of 13-2, but were surpassed by the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s, who owned the best record in baseball for much of the summer.
But a recent slide of sub-.500 baseball by the A’s has toppled them from both top spot in the AL West and the top of World Series betting odds, to 6-1.
The new leader in the AL West is the Los Angeles Angels, who are hosting the A’s in a four-game Labor Day weekend series, and enter Friday’s action two games up on Oakland. But despite owning the best record in MLB, the Angels trail the Dodgers and A’s in World Series betting, with odds of 13-2.
The Washington Nationals enter the long weekend deadlocked with the Angels at 13-2. The Nationals hold a comfortable six-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, going into a three-game set on Friday against the Seattle Mariners, who currently own a share of the second AL Wild Card spot alongside Detroit.
The Tigers are neck-and-neck in World Series betting with the Baltimore Orioles, who have built a comfortable seven-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles are a 7-1 World Series bet at the sportsbooks, while the Tigers sit at 8-1.
The surprising Kansas City Royals continue to hold on to the top spot in the AL Central, but have yet to convince the oddsmakers at the sportsbooks, who peg them at 12-1 in World Series betting.
The Royals had tumbled to the basement in the AL Central at the end of May, but have been one of the best teams in baseball in recent weeks, winning 21 of their last 28 games.
The Royals are joined at 12-1 by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards remain at the top of the NL Wild Card race and in a dogfight with the Milwaukee Brewers, who hold a slim 1.5-game lead over the Cards in the NL Central heading into the weekend.
However, the Brewers trail the Cards in World Series odds, pegged at 14-1, according to Bovada.