LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Heading into the second half, here’s a look at the odds for teams like the Orioles, Blue Jays and Yankees to make the playoffs in 2014.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Orioles’ odds to make the playoffs are currently sitting at 1/2 while their odds to miss the postseason are 3/2. Meanwhile, their AL East rivals the Blue Jays are 2/1 to make the postseason and 1/3 to miss the playoffs while the Yankees have 3/1 odds to make the postseason and 1/5 not to quality for this year’s MLB playoffs.
In the AL Central the Royals are 5/2 to make the playoffs and 1/4 to miss the postseason altogether, while the Indians are 5/1 to make the postseason and 1/9 to miss the playoffs in 2014. Finally, the surprising Mariners have 2/3 odds to make the playoffs this season and 11/10 to miss the postseason festivities.
In the National League the Braves are 5/6 to make the playoffs and 5/6 to miss the postseason while the Giants are 2/3 to make the playoffs and 11/10 to miss the postseason. Atlanta is currently tied for first with the Nationals in the NL East while San Francisco is one game back of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.
The most competitive division in baseball right now is the NL Central, where four teams are within 3.5 games of themselves. The Brewers went into the All-Star Break with a 53-43 record, which kept them in first place despite losing eight of their last 10 games, while the Cardinals are one game back at 52-44 and the Reds are 1.5 games back at 51-44. The Pirates, meanwhile, are 3.5 games back at 49-46.
The current odds that the Brewers will make the playoffs are 1/1 and 5/7 to miss the postseason, while the Cardinals have 5/7 odds to make the playoffs and 1/1 odds to miss the postseason altogether. The Reds are also 1/1 to make the playoffs and 5/7 to miss the playoffs, while the Pirates have 2/1 odds to make the postseason and 1/3 to miss the postseason entirely.