- The Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series odds moved from (+320) to (+275).
- The Houston Astros have gone from (+600) to (+400).
- The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, the biggest sellers, saw their odds move significantly.
LOS ANGELES – The MLB trade deadline passed about two weeks ago giving the oddsmakers some time to adjust to the new rosters and championship contenders. The World Series odds have moved, but no team has made up much ground on the favorites.
The Teams Who Got Better
Every trade deadline has buyers and sellers as those looking to risk it all for a title will attempt to build a super team while those having an unsuccessful season will trade their players on expiring contracts to avoid letting players walk for free.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+320) To (+275)
The Los Angeles Dodgers were already favored to win the World Series on legal sports betting sites but saw their odds become even shorter after the deadline.
After acquiring Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals, the Dodgers odds moved from (+325) to (+275). They’ve moved back towards the (+300) mark since, but still remain the betting favorites.
Houston Astros (+600) To (+500)
The Houston Astros didn’t make a huge splash at the trade deadline in terms of a big name, but solidified the bullpen which was potentially the weakest part of the roster.
Plus, the team managed to do so while staying under the luxury tax, which was allegedly a major concern for the franchise.
Houston remains the biggest threat to LA according to World Series odds.
Chicago White Sox (+750) To (+650)
The Chicago White Sox already had one of the top bullpens in the league, but picking up Craig Kimbrel who had just a 0.49 ERA at the time of acquisition made them unquestionably one of the elite relief units in the sport. MLB sportsbooks dropped Chicago’s World Series odds from (+750) to (+650).
The Teams Who Sold Out
The aforementioned teams can’t get better without there being a willing seller to give up some of their best players. Despite receiving some intriguing prospects in return, these teams saw the odds move against their favor.
Washington Nationals (+20000) To (+40000)
The Washington Nationals had an outside shot of making the playoffs before the trade deadline, but with Scherzer and Turner being moved it’s even less likely.
Even if the Nats were to somehow make the playoffs, without stars like those two there’s seemingly no chance to do well in the postseason.
Chicago Cubs (+13000) To (+20000)
The Chicago Cubs had a fire sale at the trade deadline.
Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Craig Kimbrel, Joc Pederson and more all got moved to different teams. Obviously, that’s a lot of talent off the team so it should make sense why their line saw so much movement.
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