World Series odds (As of Oct. 3)
1) Red Sox: 4.00
2) Astros: 4.00
3) Dodgers: 6.50
4) Brewers: 7.25
5) Rockies: 8.50
6) Yankees: 9.00
7) Indians: 10.00
8) Braves: 12.00
It’s been 14 years since the Boston Red Sox finally broke the Curse of the Bambino (Hey! Don’t roll your eyes at that reference!) and after three World Series titles since 2004, the Sox are co-favourites to win the championship again this October.
With the regular season, tiebreakers and Wild Card games behind us, the divisional round of the MLB post-season begins Thursday, with the Red Sox currently with odds of 4.00 to win the World Series. They’re co-favourites with the defending champion Houston Astros, although the highest amount of money wagered on the outright market was on Boston to win it all, at just under 32 per cent.
That’s a noticeable uptick from August – the dog days of the season – when only 9.4 per cent of the money was on Boston to win the World Series. At the time, the highest percentage of money on the World Series was actually on the rival New York Yankees.
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Of course, these teams now meet in the American League Division Series, after the Yankees downed the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Wednesday. The Red Sox and Yankees will again slug it out as they always do, this time for the right to face either the Cleveland Indians or the Astros in the American League Championship Series.
No, we're not offering Over/Under markets on the length of these Red Sox-Yankees games. Maybe another year.
Betting favourites for the World Series, the Red Sox are the favourites to win their series with the Yankees, with odds of 1.52 compared to odds of 2.28 for New York.
The AL East was basically a two-horse race for the majority of the season, with Boston winning the division by eight games in the end. Yet, both teams possess dangerous lineups on offence. The Red Sox scored 876 runs to lead the entire American League, followed closely by the Yankees at 851 runs.
They both posted 100-plus wins this season. The only other club to post triple digits in wins were the Astros. And to be sure, the American League is stacked with four powerhouse teams in the divisional round.
It's a heavyweight clash between two long-time rivals - who haven't faced each other in the playoffs since 2004, which was the peak of their mutual disdain. What an epic series that was. An epic collapse for New York. An epic comeback for Boston. And we know how the rest turned out.
The first game of this series gets underway Friday. When that game ends is anyone's guess. It's likely we're in for at least one classic between these two historic franchises over the next few days.
Chris Sale is slated to get the start for Boston in Game 1. The 29-year-old lefty went 12-4 this season with a 2.11 earned-run average and 237 strikeouts. He also started twice against New York, and was solid, allowing only one earned run combined over those two starts and striking out 19 batters.
These teams have already faced each other 19 times during the regular season, with Boston going 10-9. If that's any indication, it could be another close, hotly contested, controversial series with more than enough drama.
Boston's odds to win this series in the maximum five games are 3.80, while New York's odds of completing the sweep are 10.00 - the worst odds of any of the six options in the Correct Series Score market.
But, given their history, who really knows what will happen when the Red Sox and Yankees meet in the playoffs. Well, beyond the fireworks, anyway.