The lock hold has been broken as sportsbooks have seen a torrent of money come flooding in on a hot team and the MLB odds futures have been altered for the first time in months.
For quite awhile we have seen nothing but St. Louis and Kansas City as the top choices to make the World Series, but with the way Toronto has been playing since the end of July, they have risen to the top by those generating MLB picks with their bludgeoning offense and ever improving pitching.
Here are the latest updates according to 5Dimes.eu.
While it might come as a surprise to some Toronto now has the lowest betting odds at +450 to win the Fall Classic, there are ample reasons to think they could get it done. There is no offense close to the Blue Jays who are scoring an incredible 5.5 runs a game and the catalyst has been Josh Donaldson, who brought grit and toughness to this club. The other aspect not being talked about in Toronto’s rocket-like ascension is the pitching. Once ranked 12th in the American League in June, they are up to fifth in ERA and still climbing. With a remarkable run differential of +193, the Jays are the real deal, but will they hold up facing better pitching game after game in the postseason?
Kansas City is next in line at +475, having the best record in the AL all season and the second-best in baseball. The Royals have played like a team all year intent on finishing what they were so close to winning last fall. The only potential downfall for K.C. is its starting pitching, which ranks only seventh in ERA and a very poor 13th in OBP.
St. Louis is now third at +550, in spite of having the finest record. The Cardinals pitching has dominated all season, with its current ERA of 2.66. To put that into perspective, the gap between them and Pittsburgh in ERA is just over 15 percent. If you add 15% to the distance from the Pirates, you go all the way to No. 11 with Toronto. Will their fantastic pitching be able to carry an ordinary Cards offense?
The L.A. Dodgers (+700) show up at No. 4 where they have been virtually all year. Everyone understands what Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke bring to postseason party, but will the rest of the starters and the NL’s 12th rated bullpen (by ERA) hold up?