Pretty much any baseball-loving Canadian is excited about the Toronto Blue Jays’ chances this year.
The Jays finally opened their wallets this past-offseason, bolstering their roster with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and others.
For the first time in a long time, Jays fans can legitimately dream of Toronto’s first World Series championship since those glory years of 1992 and 93.
Oddsmakers certainly think it’s a possibility. Toronto is one of five MLB teams who pay out less than 8:1 odds if they win the World Series in 2013.
The L.A. Dodgers are the overall favourite at Pinnacle Sports, which is offering the Dodgers at a +738 price to win it all. They’re followed by the Washington Nationals (+764), L.A. Angels (+766), Jays (+784) and Detroit Tigers (+793).
Just like there are some fresh faces at the top of the MLB futures board, there are some new World Series darkhorses. The New York Yankees (+1757), St. Louis Cardinals (+2102), Philadelphia Phillies (+2022) and Boston Red Sox (+3706) are all considered unlikely to be baseball’s champion this season. How often over the past decade have we been able to say that?
And for you long-suffering Cubs fans, look like you’ll be suffering a little longer. Chicago’s NL team is given 126:1 odds of ending its World Series curse this season.
Here’s a full listing of MLB futures odds posted at Pinnacle Sports, as of March 31:
|1001 Atlanta Braves||+1460|
|1002 Arizona Diamondbacks||+5279|
|1003 Baltimore Orioles||+4505|
|1004 Boston Red Sox||+3706|
|1005 Chicago Cubs||+12605|
|1006 Chicago White Sox||+5424|
|1007 Cincinnati Reds||+928|
|1008 Cleveland Indians||+10694|
|1009 Colorado Rockies||+14461|
|1010 Detroit Tigers||+793|
|1011 Houston Astros||+24503|
|1012 Kansas City Royals||+5877|
|1013 LA Angels||+766|
|1014 Los Angeles Dodgers||+738|
|1015 Miami Marlins||+16345|
|1016 Milwaukee Brewers||+5547|
|1017 Minnesota Twins||+13833|
|1018 New York Mets||+10527|
|1019 New York Yankees||+1757|
|1020 Oakland Athletics||+3266|
|1021 Philadelphia Phillies||+2022|
|1022 Pittsburgh Pirates||+9439|
|1023 San Diego Padres||+11322|
|1024 San Francisco Giants||+1487|
|1025 Seattle Mariners||+10694|
|1026 St. Louis Cardinals||+2102|
|1027 Tampa Bay Rays||+1779|
|1028 Texas Rangers||+1607|
|1029 Toronto Blue Jays||+784|
|1030 Washington Nationals||+764|