Getting hot at the right time can help a team go a long way in MLB postseason. With the majority of games already in the books, two clear World series favorites have emerged from the pack.
The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a couple of games against Boston and fell a little back in an evenly contested AL East. Did this do enough for them to plummet in the updated World Series betting odds and allow the Royals to reclaim their top position?
Toronto Blue Jays: Toronto had a modest start to the season, but since the July trade deadline they’ve been simply dominant in the American League. By adding ace left-hander David Price and All-Star showstopper Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays responded with 11 consecutive wins.
The Blue Jays have accumulated an ERA of 3.78, paired with a brilliant 5.22 runs per game from the offense. Toronto currently looks unstoppable as the 4/1 favorite at Linesmaker to win the World Series.
Kansas City Royals: So far, the Kansas City Royals remain Toronto’s borderline competitors with World Series odds currently at 5/1. The Royals were World Series betting favorites pretty much all season long, before the Blue Jays’ rapid rise. Currently in the possession of the best record in AL, Kansas City remains solid on the AL pennant betting lines.
The Royals currently boast the biggest division lead in baseball at 11.5 games over the Minnesota Twins and 12.5 games over Detroit. For them, Eric Hosmer has been on fire since the All-Star break, accumulating .309 with 81 RBI and .371 OBP and .461 SLG, while Mike Moustakas (.347 OBP .795 OPS) has scaled rapidly on the charts.
Although, the starting pitching still remains a big question mark, Kansas City fans would look at Jeremy Guthrie and Yordano Ventura to string together quality starts.