For MLB betting enthusiasts looking for some great value, there aren’t a lot of sexy choices when it comes to betting the favourites. The Boston Red Sox understandably have been bet to death, and you’ll be happy to get 3-1 odds on the best team in baseball.
But teams that roll over 162 games are not always the teams built for the postseason, and there are several teams that are getting hot now and still have tantalizing odds over at some of the top online betting sites, including Coral.co.uk.
Let’s face it, the Chicago Cubs suck a lot of the oxygen out of the room when it comes to getting betting value, even in seasons when they aren’t legitimate threats to win another World Series title, let alone when they are.
You’d be hard-pressed to find better than 3-1 to win the National League pennant and 10-1 to win the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still drawing money despite their summer swoon and are the top National League choice pretty much across the board at online casinos, even though they wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season ended today.
Gamblers (and sports books) are betting on Los Angeles righting the ship. But savvy baseball observers know that sometimes the World Series champion is a team that gets hot late – for three straight seasons from 2002-2004 a wild-card team won the title – and wild-card teams St. Louis (2011) and San Francisco (2014) have won this decade.
Two teams have been sizzling in the National League in August and present some betting opportunities.
While the Chicago Cubs have stayed the course atop the National League Central, keeping the Milwaukee Brewers at arm’s length, the St. Louis Cardinals have made a bold move to not only put themselves in the wild-card hunt but even threaten the Cubs.
The Cardinals were 47-46 when they fired manager Mike Matheny in July and replaced him with interim skipper Mike Matheny, and they were 7.5 games out of the NL Central lead at the end of the month.
But after opening August 14-4, the Redbirds are making believers across baseball and among bookies. Matt Carpenter has hit 14 home runs since the All-Star break and shows no signs of slowing.
Yes, St. Louis beat up on some lousy teams early in August, knocking the woeful Marlins and Royals. But the Cardinals also won 5 of 7 over the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.
They are playing their best baseball of the year, and bookmakers such as Karamba (25-1 to win World Series, 11-1 to win the NL pennant) have taken note. 888sport offers better odds at 12-1 for the pennant and 33-1 to win the title.
But the smart bettor will grab 40-1 at Coral for St. Louis to win the World Series. If you’re not completely sold and want to hedge, you bet the Redbirds at 20-1 at Coral to win the NL pennant.
The Colorado Rockies are recalling the impressive final kick of their 2007 season, when they won 14 of their final 15 games to make the playoffs, then claimed seven straight wins to win the franchise’s first pennant.
An 8-2 stretch through August 19 has put them on the cusp of the division lead and knee-deep in the extremely competitive National League wild-card chase.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado has been raking for the Rockies offense, with an average above .300, 30 homers and more than 80 RBIs.
Much like the Cardinals, there is a wide variance on the odds for the Rockies. Karamba is at 9-2 to win the NL pennant and 18-1 to win the World Series, while 888sport has them at 7-1 to win the NL pennant and 20-1 to win the World Series.
However, not every bookmaker has caught up to the Rockies, and the big value is at Coral, where the smart bettor can grab 11-1 for Colorado win the NL pennant and 28-1 odds for the Rockies to take the title.