The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and the baseball betting landscape could irrevocably change in the days leading to July, 31st. In the most recent trading news, the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals have designated Greg Dobbs and Pete Kozma for assignment, respectively.
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.
There are a few MLB betting favorites to win the World Series, but individual performance is also rewarded in the form of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards. Last year’s NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has good odds of repeating like his AL counterpart Miguel Cabrera did in 2012 and 2013. Cabrera himself has a good chance of pulling threepeat, but neither he nor McCutchen are in the lead at the moment. McCutchen is in fact trailing Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as Mike).