(The Spread) – For the past several weeks the Texas Rangers have been favored to win the 2012 World Series. As they continue to play well, it doesn’t appear that the Rangers will be moving out of that No. 1 spot either.
According to oddsmakers the Rangers are 5/1 favorites to win the 2012 Fall Classic while the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays have the next best odds at 9/1, respectively. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the top team in the National League (at least according to the odds) at 10/1 while the struggling Detroit Tigers are 11/1 to win this year’s World Series.
The Dodgers currently own the best record in the Major Leagues at 32-19, but they’ve lost four in a row after being swept recently by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers, meanwhile, have the best record in the American League at 31-20 and are 5.5 games up on the Los Angeles Angels, who won eight of their last 10 games heading into Friday’s action.
Despite currently being in last place in the National League East, the Philadelphia Phillies are 14/1 to win the World Series, as are the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds, however, are coming off a 13-16 month of May and have major injury and bullpen issues that they’re trying to work through. They’re currently sitting in second place in the NL Central behind the Cincinnati Reds, who are 15/1 to win the World Series.
The Angels and surprising Nationals are also 15/1, while the Braves are 16/1. The Marlins are 18/1, the Red Sox and Blue Jays are 20/1, and the 2012 World Series champion Giants are 22/1, which seems like a good value based on their strong pitching. (Assuming Tim Lincecum bounces back, of course.)