Cardinals 2015 World Series Odds Open at 2014 Worst Point

Oddsmaker 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
Washington Nationals 15/2
Detroit Tigers 10/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
Kansas City Royals 16/1
Seattle Mariners 18/1
Baltimore Orioles 20/1
Oakland Athletics 20/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1
Atlanta Braves 22/1
Boston Red Sox 22/1
New York Yankees 22/1
Cleveland Indians 25/1
Cincinnati Reds 33/1
Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
Texas Rangers 33/1
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
New York Mets 40/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1
Miami Marlins 50/1
San Diego Padres 66/1
Philadelphia Phillies 75/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1

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
March 5 8/1
March 28 15/2 90.5
May 1 10/1
June 1 9/1
July 16 10/1
August 1 11/1
September 1 12/1
September 22 15/2
September 29 8/1

(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.

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