Phillies 4/1 to win 2012 World Series

Though the Philadelphia Phillies failed to live up to expectations during baseball’s 2011 postseason campaign, that hasn’t hindered oddsmakers at World Features Syndicate from once again installing Charlie Manuel’s troops as 4/1 favorites to capture the 2012 World Series.

The Fightin’ Phils clawed their way to 102 wins during the regular season, but were upset during the National League Division Series. Philadelphia does have some free-agent concerns, as Roy Oswalt, Raul Ibanez, Brad Lidge, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson have all hit the open market.

The New York Yankees were eliminated in five games by the Detroit Tigers during the ALDS after capturing 97 victories during the regular season Nevertheless, oddsmakers have established the Bronx Bombers as a 5/1 second-choice to take World Series honors next season.

The re-signing of southpaw starter C.C. Sabathia, who could have opted for free agency, certainly will help the club reach that goal. However, the Yankees will be in the market for starting pitching during the offseason and Texas southpaw free agent C.J. Wilson might be an attractive No.2 starter.

Despite losing GM Theo Epstein to the Cubs and releasing manager Terry Francona, the Boston Red Sox are the 6/1 third choice to go all the way in 2012. The Red Sox also must worry about a mass exit of their own free agents that include J.D. Drew, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Erik Bedard and Hideki Okajima.

The two teams that participated in the 2011 World Series are finally recognized in the fourth and fifth spot.

The American League champion Texas Rangers are 8/1, while the World Series champs from St. Louis are 10/1.

Texas managed 96 wins during the regular season, one fewer than the Yankees. Ron Washington’s club has two concerns during the offseason if it wishes to make a third straight appearance in the World Series.

The squad must address No.1 starter C.J. Wilson’s free agent status, while acquiring a starting first baseman would also be on its wish list. The later might be easier than the former, as slugging first-sackers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are both available.

Tony LaRussa retired as the manager of the world champion Cardinals, and that might have something to do with the club being installed as a 10/1 fifth-choice to repeat.

Of course, the Redbirds might not only have to replace LaRussa, but starting first baseman Albert Pujols as well. Shortstop Rafael Furcal is also a free agent.

Looking for a long shot? The Houston Astros own the longest odds on the board at 400/1. The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are both 200/1, the highest odds of any American League team.

Odds to win the 2011 World Series, courtesy of World Features Syndicate, appear below.

Team Odds
Phillies 4/1
Yankees 5/1
Red Sox 6/1
Rangers 8/1
Cardinals 10/1
Braves 12/1
Tigers 12/1
Giants 12/1
Rays 15/1
Angels 18/1
Brewers 20/1
D’Backs 25/1
Reds 25/1
Dodgers 25/1
Rockies 30/1
White Sox 35/1
Blue Jays 50/1
Cubs 55/1
Marlins 55/1
Mets 60/1
Nationals 60/1
Indians 65/1
Twins 65/1
A’s 65/1
Padres 80/1
Royals 100/1
Orioles 200/1
Mariners 200/1
Pirates 250/1
Astros 400/1


  1. Mr.Hammer says:

    Way too kind with the twins!

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