World Series odds: Tigers still the favorite, while the surging Pirates aren’t getting the love

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Now that August is here and the postseason is within sight, the odds that gambling experts churn out about who is most likely to win the World Series seem a bit more real.

The latest odds from online casino Bovada don't show much shift at the top: The Detroit Tigers are still the odds on favorite (6/1) with the Atlanta Braves (7/1), St. Louis Cardinals (15/2) and Boston Red Sox (8/1) all in the top five, like they were on July 1.

The only change in the top five is the Dodgers, whose red-hot July moved them to 7/1 odds, now being invited to the party. They were 22/1 on July 1.

A few other things:

• The Pirates, owners of the best winning percentage in baseball, just aren't getting the love from the experts. They're still 12/1, which is exactly what they were on July 1. Both the Oakland Athletics (9/1) and Tampa Bay Rays (17/2) are more fondly favored than the Pirates. This is why "Are the Pirates for real?" continues to be a question people ask.

• The Reds, who are in third place in the NL Central but still one of the most dangerous teams in baseball, are holding steady at 14/1. Seems like there's some value there.

• On the bottom of the list: The Marlins went from 3000/1 odds last month to 5000/1 now. The Astros are also 5000/1, after being 2500/1 last month. Go throw your money away!

Here's the full list from Bovada:

Odds to win the 2013 World Series

Detroit Tigers 6/1

Atlanta Braves 7/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 7/1

St. Louis Cardinals 15/2

Boston Red Sox 8/1

Tampa Bay Rays 17/2

Oakland Athletics 9/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1

Cincinnati Reds 14/1

Texas Rangers 14/1

Baltimore Orioles 18/1

Cleveland Indians 28/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 33/1

New York Yankees 33/1

Washington Nationals 33/1

San Francisco Giants 50/1

Kansas City Royals 66/1

Los Angeles Angels 66/1

Colorado Rockies 75/1

Philadelphia Phillies 75/1

Toronto Blue Jays 75/1

San Diego Padres 250/1

New York Mets 300/1

Seattle Mariners 300/1

Chicago Cubs 500/1

Minnesota Twins 750/1

Milwaukee Brewers 2000/1

Houston Astros 5000/1

Miami Marlins 5000/1

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