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Slight Change in the Odds

If you will remember about a month ago (Oct. 28 to be exact), the odds makers took their utmost shot at who stood the best chance to win it all in 2006. At that time the Marlins were given the fourth best chance to take home the trophy once again. This was before "The Thanksgiving Day Massacre" (I can't remember which writer coined that phrase). Needless to say after the first round of trades and free agent negotiations it sent the Vegas actuaries running in desperation for their abacuses to recalculate the odds.

The following are the new numbers:


Team Old Odds New Odds
New York Yankees 5/1 4/1
St. Louis Cardinals 11/2 11/2
Boston Red Sox 8/1 10/1
Florida Marlins 11/1 100/1
Los Angeles Angels 12/1 10/1
Chicago White Sox 15/1 10/1
Cleveland Indians 15/1 14/1
Oakland Athletics 16/1 12/1
Chicago Cubs 17/1 20/1
Houston Astros 18/1 15/1
Minnesota Twins 20/1 25/1
Atlanta Braves 20/1 13/1
Philadelphia Phillies 25/1 20/1
New York Mets 26/1 10/1
San Francisco Giants 31/1 30/1
Texas Rangers 42/1 50/1
San Diego Padres 42/1 25/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 47/1 30/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 65/1 60/1
Baltimore Orioles 65/1 60/1
Toronto Blue Jays 70/1 60/1
Washington Nationals 70/1 60/1
Cincinnati Reds 80/1 60/1
Detroit Tigers 80/1 60/1
Seattle Mariners 80/1 75/1
Milwaukee Brewers 100/1 60/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1 100/1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 150/1 200/1
Colorado Rockies 200/1 100/1
Kansas City Royals 300/1 500/1

Sure the Marlins took quite a fall from grace but it isn't all bad. The new prospects and presumed new prospects to be are still 5 times more likely to win the World Series than the Royals.

Be still my heart.