It is over three months before the 2014 MLB season will begin, but the Las Vegas Sports books have set the odds for who they like in each league to contend for the World Series. VegasInsider.com, which is a site that takes information from all of the sports betting sources in Las Vegas and crunches the numbers, have come up with their favorites.
As of today, the Los Angeles Dodgers edge out the Washington Nationals in the National League. The Dodgers are 5-1 favorites to be in the Fall Classic, while the Nationals are at 8-1 to be playing in October. It should be noted that the odds have not been updated since Washington added Doug Fister to their rotation and so around the first week of January, we could be looking at the Nationals in that favorite role.
On the American League side of the debate, the Detroit Tigers have edged out the defending world champion Boston Red Sox by a slim margin. The Tigers–at the moment–are at 8-1, while the Red Sox are holding strong at 10-1 to repeat as champs.
A quick look at winning the division and that advantage goes to Washington, as it is holding a commanding lead over the Atlanta Braves at 20-1 and Philadelphia Phillies at 30-1. No other division leader has that wide a spread over their closest rivals.
So what does Vegas support for the Washington Nationals really mean?
Well, the real key point is that they feel the real Nationals are the team we saw in 2012 that won 98 games en route to taking their first Eastern Division crown. Last year’s slight fall off, that saw Washington get off to a slow start, but rebound to make a real run at the playoffs, was just a momentary blip in their drive for for another division title.