All teams enter the season equal in the standings. But the bookies scoff at such egalitarianism.
The folks at OddsShark.com, like other handicappers, see the Chicago Cubs as the favorite to win the World Series. Bettors win $500 on a $100 wager on the North Side’s ball team. Such a victory would mark the first Cubs World Series victory since the Roosevelt administration—the Theodore Roosevelt administration.
It’s an even year, so the Giants pay $800 to win it all. The Toronto Blue Jays, a favorite of baseball’s smart set, make $1,000 out of a $100 bet. The Kansas City Royals, like the New York Mets team they beat last fall, award prognosticators $1,200.
The biggest payoffs come via wagers on a trio of National League clubs. The Reds, Rockies, and Braves all pay $15,000 on a $100.
Here are the odds from OddsShark:
|San Francisco Giants||+800|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1000|
|New York Mets||+1200|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+1200|
|Boston Red Sox||+1400|
|Kansas City Royals||+1400|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1800|
|New York Yankees||+2500|
|Chicago White Sox||+3300|
|Los Angeles Angels||+4000|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+4000|
|San Diego Padres||+12500|
The bookies fail to list the best bet: not making a $100 wager remains a sure bet to keep $100.