Dodgers sit atop the World Series odds

Harry How

The Dodgers nearly fired their manager in May and now they are top betting pick on World Series future odds everywhere. The Tigers and Red Sox are close behind but LA leads the way.

On the verge of clinching the NL West division title, the Los Angeles Dodgers have jumped to the top of the odds to win the World Series this fall.

The sportsbooks have Los Angeles pegged as the 15/4 favorite to win the title this season, which puts them just ahead of a pair of American League teams on those MLB futures - the Boston Red Sox at 9/2, and the Detroit Tigers at 5/1.

The Red Sox are going to be the champions of the AL East division, while the Tigers are on their way to clinching the AL Central crown.

The Atlanta Braves, close to closing out the NL East race, are then at 8/1 odds to win the World Series this fall, while the Oakland Athletics are at 9/1 odds. Oakland had been in a dogfight with the Texas Rangers for top spot in the AL West for most of the season until building up a solid lead in that division race over the past two weeks.

The St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds continue to battle for the NL Central title, with the Cardinals at 10/1, the Pirates at 11/1, and the Reds at 14/1 on the updated World Series odds at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

One of those three teams will win the NL Central, with the other two settling for Wild Card berths assuming they can stay ahead of the hard-charging Washington Nationals (33/1).

Back in the American League the Wild Card race looks like it will go down to the wire, with the Cleveland Indians (20/1), Tampa Bay Rays (20/1), Texas Rangers (20/1), Baltimore Orioles (28/1), New York Yankees (40/1), and Kansas City Royals (50/1) all still in contention for playoff berths.

In AL action this weekend it'll be Houston at Cleveland, the White Sox at Detroit, Toronto at Boston, Texas at Kansas City, Seattle at the Angels, Minnesota at Oakland, and Baltimore at Tampa Bay; the Orioles are just 3-7 in their past 10 against the Rays.

The Yankees then host the Giants in interleague action this weekend, while the NL slate has Atlanta at the Cubs, the Mets at Philadelphia, Miami at Washington, St. Louis at Milwaukee, Arizona at Colorado, the Dodgers at San Diego, and Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. The OVER/UNDER is 3-6-1 in the past 10 Reds vs. Pirates matchups.

See more baseball betting odds updates during the week.

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