2015 MLB Divisional Odds

2015 MLB Divisional Odds

The 2015 MLB season will begin on Sunday April 5th with the new look Chicago Cubs hosting the St. Louis Cardinals, but we’re not waiting until then to start examining where baseball bettors can find value. Throughout the offseason we have been analyzing MLB futures and win totals, but several weeks ago a prominent offshore sportsbook posted odds for all six division winners.

Bovada, a well known public sportsbook, became the first major oddsmaker to post divisional odds for all 30 MLB teams. Most of these results fell in line with the futures and win totals that had already been posted, but there were a handful of discrepancies.

The table below compares the movement of the divisional odds at Bovada between February 17th and March 4th. It also displays each team’s implied probability to win their division. This section will be continually updated as opening day approaches.

AL East

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
Boston Red Sox+190+22534.48%
Toronto Blue Jays+275+25026.67%
Baltimore Orioles+350+35022.22%
New York Yankees+450+40018.18%
Tampa Bay Rays+700+70012.50%

AL Central

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
Chicago White Sox+225+22530.77%
Detroit Tigers+225+22530.77%
Cleveland Indians+240+24029.41%
Kansas City Royals+450+45018.18%
Minnesota Twins+1800+18005.26%

AL West

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
Los Angeles Angels+160+16038.46%
Seattle Mariners+160+18038.46%
Oakland Athletics+450+40018.18%
Texas Rangers+600+60014.29%
Houston Astros+1600+16005.88%

NL East

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
Washington Nationals-300-30075.00%
New York Mets+500+50016.67%
Miami Marlins+600+60014.29%
Atlanta Braves+1600+15005.88%
Philadelphia Phillies+5000+50001.96%

NL Central

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
St. Louis Cardinals+125+12544.44%
Chicago Cubs+250+30028.57%
Pittsburgh Pirates+275+30026.67%
Cincinnati Reds+1200+9007.69%
Milwaukee Brewers+1200+9007.69%

NL West

TeamBovada (3/4)Bovada (2/17)Implied Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers-200-20066.67%
San Diego Padres+350+35022.22%
San Francisco Giants+350+35022.22%
Arizona Diamondbacks+3300+33002.94%
Colorado Rockies+5000+50001.96%

The implied probability for nearly every division adds up to 114%, which means the juice is only 14-cents on this prop bet. This is a surprisingly low figure for any future – especially at Bovada where the juice is often upwards of 30-cents.

Other notes of interest include:

  1. The Chicago Cubs (+1000) have better odds of winning the World Series than the St. Louis Cardinals (+1200), but the Cards are actually listed as +125 favorites to win the NL Central while the Cubs listed just above the Pirates at +250. This difference is likely due to the influx of future bets placed on the Cubs after signing LHP Jon Lester.
  2. The Washington Nationals have the best odds of winning the World Series (+650) as well as the best odds of any team to win their division (-300).
  3. The Red Sox are projected to win between 2.5 and 3.5 games more than the Blue Jays. Boston also has much better odds of winning the World Series (+1000) than Toronto (+2500). However, when we originally posted this article their odds of winning the AL East were nearly identical (+225 vs. +250). Since then, the market has corrected with the Red Sox moving to +190 and the Blue Jays falling to +275.
  4. The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers have identical odds to win the AL Central and the World Series. However, the Tigers win total is three games higher at the Vegas-based Westgate sportsbook.
  5. Although the Yankees are typically a very public team, the fact that they have dropped from +400 to +450 indicates that public bettors may no longer be smitten with the “Evil Empire.”
  6. Since originally posting this article, the Reds and Brewers both saw their odds of winning the NL Central increase from +900 to +1200.
David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

1 Comment
  • Timothy Washington
    04/21/2015 at 11:54 am

    Please send me Odds on MLB & NFL. THANK YOU.

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