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There is a second-half trend that might have some validity as bettors seek out a pick to capture the Commissioner’s Trophy to cap off baseball’s shortened season.
With the Division Series round set to begin Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are +230 favorites on the updated World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The New York Yankees (+400) and Tampa Bay Rays (+433), who go head-to-head on the ALDS side, are also high on the board at online sports betting sites, which also spreads out to the San Diego Padres (+650), Atlanta Braves (+750), Oakland Athletics (+900), Houston Astros (+1500) and Miami Marlins (+1500).
An old baseball adage says October is all about pitching, but it seems like offensive acumen late in the regular season is a better indicator of success. The last five World Series champion teams have had an average rank of 7.0 out of the 30 MLB teams in team OPS (on-base and slugging percentages combined) after the All-Star Game. Only the 2015 Kansas City Royals (14th) ranked lower than eighth. The same five teams had an average rank of 9.8 in second-half team earned-run average. That figure would be much higher if the 2016 Chicago Cubs (first in second-half ERA …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation