With October less than a month away, we’re almost upon one of the most exciting spectacles in all of sports: Postseason baseball.
For the average sports fan, Major League Baseball‘s 162-game season can be a long and grueling affair. Unless you’re a devoted follower of the game, it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of everything that’s going on throughout the year, but that all stops once October rolls around and the real magic begins.
Whether it’s a competitive series, a walk-off homer, or complete domination on the mound, postseason baseball is absolutely electrifying. It’s almost impossible to explain, yet when you’re in it, you know it. There is a change in the atmosphere and the true beauty of the sport is revealed.
As the season winds down, the real contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pack. At the All-Star break, we revealed who the folks in Sin City believed had the best odds to take home this year’s World Series crown. However, enough time has passed to the point where the chances of success have started to pull in different directions. And we believe it’s imperative to keep you in the loop.
Therefore, with that in mind, here’s a look at Vegas’ latest picks to win the 2015 World Series.
5. New York Mets
- Odds: 9-1
At the All-Star Break, the New York Mets were 47-42 and trailed the Washington Nationals by two games in the NL East. The script has totally been flipped in the second half of the season.
Since the Midsummer Classic, the Mets have gone 27-17 — to take their record to 74-59 — and now hold a 6.5-game lead in the division. Behind great pitching from the impressive rotation of Noah Syndergaard (aka Thor), Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvey, the Mets not only appear destined to take home the NL East crown, but could very well make a run at the 2015 World Series.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
- Odds: 13-2
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a 75-67 record and currently sit 6.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. This group remains atop the National League in fielding percentage (.989) and continues to get incredible pitching from Zack Greinke, who has the lowest ERA (1.59) in baseball and has the highest WAR (8.1) among pitchers.
What’s made this group even scarier is the resurgence of superstar left-handed hurler Clayton Kershaw. With him having rediscovered his Cy Young form during the second half of the year, you’d be a fool to count out the Los Angeles Dodgers.
3. St. Louis Cardinals
- Odds: 6-1
It’s impossible to deny the consistency of this group, who have gone 30-14 since the start of the second half of the season. Now at 86-47 on the year, the St. Louis Cardinals continue to hold the best overall record in baseball. Considering this team always seems to make moves once it becomes October, the only thing worse for the rest of the league would be for the Cardinals to catch fire heading into the postseason.
2. Toronto Blue Jays
- Odds: 9-2
There may be no more intimidating team right now in Major League Baseball than the Toronto Blue Jays. After making big moves at the trade deadline for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and ace pitcher David Price, the Jays have taken the rest of the league by storm.
With MVP candidate Josh Donaldson — .304 batting average, 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, and a WAR of 7.6 — leading the way, the Blue Jays top the American League in runs (730), RBIs (698), and home runs (185), and are third in the AL in team batting average (.266). Now at 76-57, and with a 1.5-game lead over the New York Yankees in the division, there is nobody in baseball who wants to face the Jays in the playoffs.
1. Kansas City Royals
- Odds: 4-1
The Kansas City Royals continue to prove to the rest of baseball that they are for real. At 81-51, they hold the second best record in the league and sit atop their division by 12 games. Kansas City is 29-17 following the All-Star Break, and is tied for the American League-lead in team batting average (.271), as well as third in hits (1,221), fourth in RBIs (559), and fifth in runs (586).
Couple that with the experience the club gained by reaching the World Series last season, and it’s easy to see why Vegas believes the Royals have what it takes to go all the way this time.
Odds are courtesy of sportsbook.ag.