Oddsmaker bovada.lv is the early bird, sending out 2015 World Series odds the morning after the 2014 Series concluded.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in the third tier of clubs, tied with the current champion San Francisco Giants at 12/1.
Apparently the failed teams from the first round of the 2014 post-season are expected to improve. The 2015 co-favorites are the two losing teams in the 2014 National League Division Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, at 15/2. In between are the two 2014 American League DS losers, the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, at 10/1.
|Odds to win the 2015 World Series||as of 10/30/14|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||15/2|
|Los Angeles Angels||10/1|
|San Francisco Giants||12/1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||12/1|
|Kansas City Royals||16/1|
|Boston Red Sox||22/1|
|New York Yankees||22/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||33/1|
|Toronto Blue Jays||33/1|
|Chicago White Sox||40/1|
|New York Mets||40/1|
|San Diego Padres||66/1|
Interestingly, 15/2 also happened to be the lowest odds placed on the World Series title chances of the 2014 Cardinals. That occurred twice – as spring training ended and again in the third week of September as the Cards made their late-season surge to take the NL Central Division.
The highest odds placed on the 2014 club occurred just three weeks earlier, at 12/1 – the same odds initially assigned to the 2015 Cardinals’ chances.
|Cardinals to win 2014 World Series||Odds||Regular season wins|
(green = lower odds, red = higher odds compared to prior period)
Also note in the table above that the over/under on the number of regular season wins as spring training closed was 90.5 games. The team went on to win 90.
As the free agent season gets underway and of course, as bets are placed, the 2015 odds will shift and shift again. I will present periodic updates as warranted.