BY SPNW Staff 12:27PM 02/20/2013

Bookmaker says Jays win Series; Mariners 75-1

Mariners’ 1977 expansion brothers, the Toronto Blue Jays, are the pick to win the World Series. Seattle? Um, no. But at 75-1, at least the M’s aren’t AL West newbie Astros (200-1).

Big production from Justin Smoak at first base would go a ways toward beating the sizable odds against the Mariners winning the World Series. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The start of spring training games this weekend signals that most of the winter’s dealing is done, and MLB rosters are close to being set. So the Bovada online sports book (www.bovada.lv) published its latest odds for the 2013 season.

The Toronto Blue Jays, who added R.A. Dickey, Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis, Mark Buerhle and Jose Reyes, among others, earned the gamblers’ seal of approval at 7-1, the favorites to win it all. They are followed by the Detroit Tigers at 8-1, which could make for a tidy American League Championship Series at 232 miles apart.

The top two National League teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, are each listed at 17/2, which could make for an untidy, bi-coastal NLCS.

The bookmaker, apparently noting the absences of Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki,  was unimpressed with the Mariners’ low-profile roster upgrades, making them a 75-1 shot to win the Series, along with the Indians, Padres and Cubs.

Bovada obviously doesn’t read Bill James, the noted analyst, who on his blog recently  picked the Mariners as the AL’s surprise team.

That doesn’t mean championship surprise, but it does mean that 75-1 might draw some action from more than the handful of Seattle-addressed dreamers.

ODDS TO WIN WORLD SERIES

7-1 — Blue Jays

8-1 — Tigers

17/2 — Dodgers, Nationals

9-1 — Angels

14-1 — Braves, Reds, Yankees, Giants, Rangers

18-1 — Phillies

20-1 -- Cardinals

25-1 — Rays

30-1 — Red Sox

33-1 — A’s

40-1 — Orioles, White Sox, Brewers

50-1 — D-backs, Royals, Pirates

75-1 — Cubs, Indians, Padres, Mariners

100-1 — Rockies, Marlins, Twins, Mets

200-1 — Astros

The question for the house (this would be you) is whether the bookies have it about right with the Mariners, are too optimistic, or there is a $20 bill in your wallet itching to go edgy on the Wedgies:


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    I’m not about to jump on the Jays bandwagon yet. Yeah they’ve had a nice offseason but that doesn’t guarantee going to The Show. I’m more for a Tigers/Dodgers World Series with the Tigers coming out on top. Think the Phillies are better than what they’re ranked here as well. Too much talent on that roster but not enough to get there.

  • RadioGuy

    At 75-1, I’d be willing to put $100 on the Mariners, although I’m not at all expecting a World Series out of them…at least not this year (although I’m more in Bill James’ camp than with the oddsmakers). I’d have given them better than 40-1 odds because I think they’ll be AT LEAST as good as Baltimore, Milwaukee and the White Sox.

  • maqman

    Paddy Power, the Irish (legal) bookmakers were offering 150 to 1 against the Mariners winning the world series last week.

    • RadioGuy

      See? They’re already improving!