With just five games remaining in the 2010 MLB regular season, oddsmakers have made the defending NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies the favorites to win the 2010 World Series.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Phillies 11/4 favorites to win the 2010 World Series, while the New York Yankees have the best odds among the American League teams at 3/1.
The Phillies currently have the best record in the National League and are running away with the top seed in the playoffs. The Cincinnati Reds have secured the NL Central Division and are 9/1 to win the World Series, although they’d love to earn the second seed in the playoffs so that they can earn home field advantage in the NLDS.
The San Francisco Giants have opened up a two-game lead on the San Diego Padres in the NL West and are 11/1 to win the World Series. Obviously oddsmakers feel as though the G-Men will win the West, seeing as how the Padres are 25/1 to win the World Series.
In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays have clinched a playoff spot and are 4/1 to win the World Series, while the Texas Rangers earned a postseason berth a couple of days ago but are 10/1 to win the World Series. Oddsmakers might feel as though their postseason inexperience will cost them in the end, which is why the Yankees and Rays have better odds. (Texas also played in a weaker division than both of those clubs, which is why it was able to clinch a playoff spot faster.)
If you think a team like the Reds, Giants or Minnesota Twins (7/1) is a potential sleeper, now may be the time to jump on them.