Hot Athletics Remain Huge World Series Longshot Odds

Jul 25, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Oakland Athletics cenetr fielder Coco Crisp (4) celebrates with third baseman Eric Sogard (28) after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Athletics beat the Blue Jays 16-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland A's made their claim as the hottest team in baseball at the moment, extending their winning streak to seven games with a 16-0 romp over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday.

As surprising as that final score might have been the fact that the A's were +120 underdogs vs. Ricky Romero and the Jays Wednesday.

More surprising is the fact bettors and oddsmakers continue to give Oakland the cold shoulder in World Series odds. They were +5000 at shops such as 5Dimes.eu on Wednesday.

Oakland scored one run in the first inning Wednesday, then eight in the second and just kept adding on from there. With the game well in hand, the A's pulled starter AJ Griffin after six innings of three-hit, nine-strikeout ball.

So Oakland, powered by that unheralded pitching staff that now ranks fourth in the Majors with a 3.33 ERA, is now 16-2 this month and 53-44 overall, and has taken over ownership of one of the American League Wild Card spots.

As the A's go for a sweep in Toronto Thursday afternoon, they're listed as +105 dogs, as Tom Milone pitches against Aaron Laffey.

5Dimes online sportsbook is now listing Oakland at +2200 to win the American League pennant and +5000 to win the World Series.

Elsewhere in baseball betting action Thursday, Jake Westbrook and the Cardinals are -140 favorites over Chris Capuano and the Dodgers; and Justin Verlander and the Tigers are -180 favorites over Zach McAllister and the Indians.

Here's Thursday's complete MLB betting board, with prices and totals courtesy of Oddsshark.com.

Tampa Bay -105 at Baltimore +100, Total 9 - James Shields (8-6) | Chris Tillman (2-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of Tampa Bay's last six games
The total has gone UNDER in four of Baltimore's last five games

Oakland +101 at Toronto -106, Total 9 - Tom Milone (9-6) | Aaron Laffey (2-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last five games
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last six games at home

LA Dodgers +131 at St. Louis -136, Total 9 - Chris Capuano (10-5) | Jake Westbrook (8-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: LA Dodgers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last eight games at home

Detroit -166 at Cleveland +159, Total 7.5 - Justin Verlander (11-5) | Zach McAllister (4-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of Detroit's last five games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in five of Cleveland's last five games

Pittsburgh -155 at Houston +150, Total 8.5 - AJ Burnett (11-3) | Dallas Keuchel (1-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of Pittsburgh's last five games
The total has gone OVER in five of Houston's last six games

Washington +122 at Milwaukee -127, Total 8 - Edwin Jackson (5-6) | Yovani Gallardo (8-7) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Washington is 5-0 SU in its last five games
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last five games when playing at home against Washington

NY Mets +158 at Arizona -164, Total 9 - Matt Harvey (0-0) | Wade Miley (10-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in four of NY Mets's last five games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last five games when playing at home against the Mets

Kansas City +109 at Seattle -114, Total 7 - Luis Mendoza (3-5) | Jason Vargas (10-7) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in five of Kansas City's last six games when playing on the road against Seattle
The total has gone UNDER in five of Seattle's last five games

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