Spring Training always brings a lot of story lines to the table, and the always entertaining world of Las Vegas odds-making is one of them. With that, the future odds for who will win the 2014 World Series have been posted, and the Braves are a significant longshot.
Bovada lists #Braves as 20-1 to win World Series (11th overall, 5th among NL teams behind Dodgers, Cards, Nats, Giants).
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) March 5, 2014
Prominent bookmaking site Bovada (which is an off-shore site, for reference) has placed the Braves at 20-to-1 odds to win the World Series, and the immediate reaction in the Twitter world was “what?!”. In theory, the Braves would win the World Series 5% of the time in order to make this the “correct” price, and many people (including most people in Braves nation) would certainly peg that as a low number.
As Jeff Schultz notes above, the “usual suspects” of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Nationals have been given lower odds to win this season’s title, but one team stands out as an outlier in that the San Francisco Giants (listed at 16-to-1) are considered a “better” bet to win a ring. The Giants finished with a woeful, 76-86 record last season, and they are still hated by many Atlantans as a result of the Buster Posey-led (he was out!) team that foiled the Braves a couple of years ago.
It does seem a bit on the “high” side to suggest that the Braves would only win this year’s World Series 5% of the time, but only 7 months of time will tell.