MLB Division Odds

The second half is gearing up in baseball and oddsmakers have established which teams are the favorites to win each division in the American and National leagues. Check out the odds for each of the six divisions.

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The NL Favorites: Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies

Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog have established the Chicago Cubs as 2/7 favorites to win the NL Central after acquiring starting pitcher Rich Harden from the A’s. Oddsmakers also like either the Arizona Diamondbacks (1/1) or Los Angeles Dodgers (10/11) to emerge in the NL West and both the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies were given 1/1 odds to win the NL East.

The AL Favorites: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels

The Boston Red Sox were given 2/3 odds to win the AL East. Oddsmakers clearly like the fact that Boston ended the first half on a high note and that the club will get back star hitter David Ortiz in the next month. Oddsmakers also love the Los Angeles Angels (1/15) to win the AL West and prefer the Chicago White Sox (4/7) over the Minnesota Twins (7/4) and Detroit Tigers (7/2) in the AL Central.

The Values: New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals

Oddsmakers have established odds for some tremendous value bets. The New York Yankees (6/1) always play well in the second half and certainly have the lineup to make a comeback in the AL East. The St. Louis Cardinals sit just 4.5 games back of the division-leading Chicago Cubs, yet were given 5/1 odds to win the NL Central. The Texas Rangers have a 7.5 game deficit to overcome, but given their lineup’s potential, 12/1 odds to win the AL West is tempting.

The Sleepers: Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies

At the start of the season, the Atlanta Braves were once favored to win the AL East, so they could make a second half push if they don’t become sellers at the trade deadline. At 15/1 odds to win and only 6.5 games out at the break, the Braves have plenty to offer. As does the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies, who are both in a weak division and have enough talent to surprise in the second half.

Odds to win the 2008 NL Central Division Title

Chicago Cubs 2/7 

Cincinnati Reds 75/1 

Houston Astros 100/1 

Milwaukee Brewers 3/1 

Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1 

St Louis Cardinals 5/1 

Odds to win the 2008 NL West Division Title

Arizona Diamondbacks 1/1 

Colorado Rockies 12/1 

Los Angeles Dodgers 10/11 

San Diego Padres 40/1 

San Francisco Giants 10/1 

Odds to win the 2008 AL East Division Title

Baltimore Orioles 100/1 

Boston Red Sox 2/3 

New York Yankees 6/1 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5/4 

Toronto Blue Jays 100/1 

Odds to win the 2008 AL Central Division Title

Chicago White Sox 4/7 

Cleveland Indians 50/1 

Detroit Tigers 7/2 

Kansas City Royals 100/1 

Minnesota Twins 7/4 

Odds to win the 2008 AL West Division Title

Los Angeles Angels 1/15 

Oakland Athletics 12/1 

Seattle Mariners 400/1 

Texas Rangers 12/1 

Odds to win the 2008 NL East Division Title

Atlanta Braves 15/1 

Florida Marlins 4/1 

New York Mets 1/1 

Philadelphia Phillies 1/1 

Washington Nationals 400/1    

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