Baseball BeatOctober 09, 2008
League Championship and World Series Odds
By Rich Lederer

Round two of the playoffs begins today with the Los Angeles Dodgers visiting the Philadelphia Phillies. The NL West champs are coming off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs while the NL East leaders took three of four from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Given the fact that we have already previewed the Dodgers and Phillies (as well as the additional information in the Link of the Day in the sidebar on the left), I thought it might be more fun to take a look at the League Championship and World Series odds as presented by Bodog.

Odds to Win the League Championship Series:

Los Angeles Dodgers            Even
Philadelphia Phillies          -120
Boston Red Sox                 -140
Tampa Bay Rays                 +120

Odds to Win the World Series:

Boston Red Sox                  7/4
Tampa Bay Rays                  5/2
Los Angeles Dodgers             3/1
Philadelphia Phillies          13/4

Which League will the 2008 World Series Winner come from?

National League                +125
American League                -155

Will either team sweep the NLCS?

Yes                            +450
No                             -750

Exact Series Finish:

Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0        13/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1         5/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2         4/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3         6/1
Philadelphia Phillies 4-0       8/1
Philadelphia Phillies 4-1       4/1
Philadelphia Phillies 4-2       5/1
Philadelphia Phillies 4-3      11/2

Exact Number of Games in the Series:

4 Game Series                   9/2
5 Game Series                   7/4
6 Game Series                   6/5
7 Game Series                   5/2

Odds to Win the 2008 NLCS MVP:

Manny Ramirez                   3/1
Brad Lidge                      5/1
Chase Utley                     5/1
Ryan Howard                     5/1
Cole Hamels                     6/1
Derek Lowe                      7/1
James Loney                     7/1
Jimmy Rollins                   7/1
Jonathan Broxton                8/1
Matt Kemp                       8/1
Pat Burrell                     8/1
Russell Martin                  9/1
Andre Ethier                   10/1
Takashi Saito                  12/1
Casey Blake                    15/1
Jayson Werth                   15/1
Shane Victorino                15/1
Field                          Even

Will either team sweep the ALCS?

Yes                            +475
No                             -800

Exact Series Finish:

Boston Red Sox 4-0              9/1
Boston Red Sox 4-1              7/2
Boston Red Sox 4-2              3/1
Boston Red Sox 4-3              5/1
Tampa Bay Rays 4-0             12/1
Tampa Bay Rays 4-1              6/1
Tampa Bay Rays 4-2              7/2
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3             11/2

Exact Number of Games in the Series:

4 Game Series                   9/2
5 Game Series                   7/4
6 Game Series                   6/5
7 Game Series                   9/4

Odds to Win the 2008 ALCS MVP:

David Ortiz                     5/1
Dustin Pedroia                  5/1
Jason Bay                       5/1
Jonathan Papelbon               5/1
Jon Lester                      6/1
B.J. Upton                      7/1
Evan Longoria                   7/1
Kevin Youkilis                  7/1
Akinori Iwamura                 8/1
Carlos Pena                     8/1
Dan Wheeler                     8/1
Jacoby Ellsbury                 8/1
Scott Kazmir                    8/1
Carl Crawford                  10/1
J.D. Drew                      10/1
Field                          Even

Who do you like and in how many games and why?

Comments

Dodgers in six, Sox in six. Nothing much to it except that I think both of those teams are a little better than their opposition.