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Odds to Win the 2012 World Series

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Updated February 13, 2012

Odds to Win the 2012 World Series

Now that the 2012 Super Bowl is in the books, it's time to start focusing a bit of attention to baseball. While it may be difficult for some to shift their attention to the Boys of Summer while there's plenty of snow on the ground, pichers and catchers will be reporting for most teams between Feb. 18 and 21, while the Seattle Mariners' pitching staff has already started to arrive in Peoria, Ariz.

Of the four major sports, baseball may offer the best "bang for the buck" when it comes to future wagers due to its 162-game schedule, which is essentially twice as many as the NBA or NHL and 10 times as many games as are played in the NFL. So what we'll do here is look at the odds to win both the American League and National League pennants, as well as the odds of winning the Wolrd Series.

Odds for future wagers are given using the money line. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, read Understanding Money Lines and everything will make sense to you in no time.

Odds to Win the American League Pennant

Baltimore Orioles +6550
Boston Red Sox +455
Chicago White Sox +2850
Cleveland Indians +3225
Detroit Tigers +425

Kansas City Royals +3250
Los Angeles Angels +305
Minnesota Twins +4850
New York Yankees +285
Oakland Athletics +4850

Seattle Mariners +7050
Tampa Bay Rays +750
Texas Rangers +405
Toronto Blue Jays +2050

As much as I dislike playing favorites, the Yankees are a bit appealing at nearly 3-to-1 odds. The team needed some help in the pitching department and went out and addressed those needs in the offseason, making them the logical favorite in the American League.

Detroit landed the biggest-name free agent in Prince Fielder. If Miguel Cabrera can make the move back to third base without any problems, Detroit can be a dangerous team, but the pitching staff takes a huge drop after Justin Verlander.

Odds to Win the National League Pennant

Arizona Diamondbacks +1350
Atlanta Braves +955
Chicago Cubs +2150
Cincinnati Reds +825
Colorado Rockies +1550

Houston Astros +10550
Los Angeles Dodgers +2050
Miami Marlins +875
Milwaukee Brewers +1750
New York Mets +5050

Philadelphia Phillies +215
Pittsburgh Pirates +6050
San Diego Padres +6250
San Francisco Giants +695
St Louis Cardinals +895
Washington Nationals +1450

The Phillies have a deep pitching staff and you can never discount a team with their caliber of starters, although at just over 2-to-1 odds, it's hard to get excited about them. There are a number of teams in the 7-to-1 to 20-to-1 range that can challenge if things go their way, making the National League wide open.

Odds to Win the World Series

Arizona Diamondbacks +2750
Atlanta Braves +2250
Baltimore Orioles +13500
Boston Red Sox +950
Chicago Cubs +4350
Chicago White Sox +6250

Cincinnati Reds +1850
Cleveland Indians +7550
Colorado Rockies +3050
Detroit Tigers +805
Houston Astros +22500
Kansas City Royals +7050

Los Angeles Angels +675
Los Angeles Dodgers +4050
Miami Marlins +1975
Milwaukee Brewers +3550
Minnesota Twins +8550
New York Mets +8550

New York Yankees +605
Oakland Athletics +8550
Philadelphia Phillies +475
Pittsburgh Pirates +10550
San Diego Padres +13500
San Francisco Giants +1825

Seattle Mariners +15500
St Louis Cardinals +2050
Tampa Bay Rays +1750
Texas Rangers +875
Toronto Blue Jays +3850
Washington Nationals +3050

As a general rule odds should be twice as high to win the World Series as they are to win the pennant, but that isn't the case with every team. The Tigers are +425 to win the AL, but just +805 to win the World Series, while the Angels are +305 to win the American League, but +675 to win the World Series.

The odds listed were taken from The Greek, which traditionally offers some of the best odds when it comes to futures bets.

These odds will fluctuate between different sportsbooks so be sure to look for the best odds before placing your wager.

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