Baseball betting: Who will win the World Series?

According to MLB betting lines, if the World Series started today, it would pit the American League’s Detroit Tigers or Oakland Athletics versus the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants. Regardless of which teams make it though, the AL representative would be the favorite to become the 2014 to win the 110th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. Current champions the Boston Red Sox are nowhere near the title picture, and the loved/hated New York Yankees are just outside of the top ten contenders.

 Of those ten candidates, four belong to the American League, and the remaining six to the National League. However, the top two are AL teams.

Team (Odds to win pennant) [Odds to win World Series]

1.       Detroit Tigers, AL (11/4) [13/2]

2.       Oakland Athletics, AL (11/4) [13/2]

3.       Los Angeles Dodgers, NL (7/2) [15/2]

4.       San Francisco Giants, NL (7/2) [15/2]

5.       Washington Nationals, (4/1) [9/1]

6.       Los Angeles Angels, AL (13/2) [10/1]

7.       St. Louis Cardinals, NL (9/2) [10/1]

8.       Toronto Blue Jays, AL (11/2) [11/1]

9.       Milwaukee Brewers, NL (6/1) [12/1]

10.   Atlanta Braves, NL (17/2) [18/1]

11.   New York Yankees, AL (9/1) [20/1]

12.   Seattle Mariners, AL (12/1) [25/1]

13.   Baltimore Orioles, AL (16/1) [33/1]

14.   Boston Red Sox, AL (18/1) [33/1]

15.   Kansas City Royals, AL (14/1) [33/1]

16.   Cincinnati Reds, NL (16/1) [40/1]

17.   Pittsburgh Pirates, NL (20/1) [40/1]

18.   Cleveland Indians, AL (28/1) [66/1]

19.   Miami Marlins, NL (40/1) [100/1]

20.   Texas Rangers, AL (50/1) [100/1]

21.   Chicago White Sox, AL (75/4) [150/1]

22.   Colorado Rockies, NL (75/1) [150/1]

23.   Minnesota Twins, AL (75/1) [150/1]

24.   New York Mets, NL (75/1) [150/1]

25.   Philadelphia Phillies, NL (75/1) [150/1]

26.   Tampa Bay Rays, AL (100/1) [200/1]

27.   Chicago Cubs, NL (150/1) [300/1]

28.   Arizona Diamondbacks, NL (250/1) [500/1]

29.   Houston Astros, AL (250/1) [500/1]

30.   San Diego Padres, NL (250/1) [500/1]

Currently, the Athletics have the best winning percentage (0.610) with 47 wins and 30 losses. They are followed by the Brewers (0.595 and 47-32), the Giants (.0584 and 45-32), and the Tigers (.562 and 41-32). Baseball betting aficionados should note that Milwaukee has a better winning percentage than Washington, but the Nationals have played fewer games.