Oddsmakers still like the Houston Astros’ chances of repeating as World Series champions, but they don’t feel as good about the team as they did before. The Astros are still considered the 2018 World Series favorite, but both the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks are gaining on them, according to one oddsmaker.
That oddsmaker would be Bovada, which gave the Astros slightly longer odds to win the World Series as May begins.
The Astros came into the season listed at 17/4. They now have 5/1 odds to win the World Series.
Why the change? Well, it’s likely not related to anything the Astros have done. At 20-10, the team is still off to a fantastic start. They should still be considered strong World Series candidates.
But the Red Sox and Diamondbacks have been even better, so you would expect their World Series odds to take a big step forward. Since both of those teams are now a bigger threat to Houston, the Astros’ odds have dropped slightly.
The same thing happened to the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The New York Mets and Los Angeles Angels have seen their odds take pretty big steps forward.
If you’re a big believer in the early surprise teams, now is the time to strike. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves are all listed at 50/1 or higher. All three of those teams have winning percentages just under .600.
Looking deeper, the Oakland Athletics are listed at 175/1. They currently sit at .500 heading into May. The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t too far behind. They are going off at 200/1 and are just a game under .500.
If you want to go even deeper than that … you should look elsewhere for encouragement. We can’t endorse the Miami Marlins at 750/1, even if Derek Jeter still believes.
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