The initial trade deadline has passed and the activity was off the charts. Not so much in big names being moved around, more in the volume of action. This was especially true of relief pitchers, who were shifted in every possible direction. That goes along with how major league baseball is played today, with starting pitchers mostly limited to five or six innings, meaning a dependence on relievers.
With these changes came a shift in the betting odds to win the World Series. Though every sportsbooks’ numbers are different, we took an average of six different books to compile our update and compared them to the July 1st World Series odds at America’s Bookie.
N.Y. Yankees +450
L.A. Dodgers +800
Chic. Cubs +800
Rounding out the Top 10 were Milwaukee (+1700), Washington (+1700), Arizona (+1800) and Colorado (+2000).
As July moved along, the Dodgers were the biggest winners in picking up Manny Machado, Brian Dozier, John Axford. With 3B Justin Turner on the DL again, Machado gives manager Dave Roberts flexibility besides talent. Dozier shores up second base depth and Axford is a left-handed power arm. No question L.A, solidified their place to become National League champs again.
The New York Yankees did not make a blockbuster deal, but adding Zach Britton, J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn added pitching depth in all areas. What the Pinstripes have to hope is Luis Severino is just going thru a tough spell and Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez return to 100 percent health.