With the League Championship Series now in full swing, the thought of making it to the World Series must have crept into the minds of all four remaining teams in the MLB playoffs. We know only two will make it there and as the postseason progresses, the odds of winning the Fall Classic shift with each new result.
It’s been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs won a title and it’s not easy to guess when a streak of that length will come to an end. At the start of the season, odds were going off at 16/1 that the Cubs would end the drought and win it all. Chicago would go on to win 97 games and their odds improved to 7/1 to start the postseason. After being favored to win the NLCS, the Cubs have fallen behind 2-0 to the Mets and their chances of winning the World Series currently still sit at 7/1.
The New York Mets entered the season with 30/1 odds of winning the World Series before managing to win 90 games and run away with the NL East. At the start of the playoffs New York, like Chicago, was given 7/1 odds of winning a championship. With a two-game lead and their ace on the mound in Game 3, oddsmakers now have the Mets at 7/5 with currently the best World Series chances of any team.
The Mets send Jacob deGrom to the mound for Game 3 while the Cubs look to Kyle Hendricks to get back in the series.
The defending American League champion Kansas City Royals were given the same 30/1 odds as the Mets before the season started. Kansas City won the AL Central by 12 games and entered the postseason at 12/1 to win the title that eluded them a year ago. They too were considered home-field underdogs in the championship series, but lead the series 2-1 entering Game 4 in Toronto. The Royals currently have the second-best odds to win the 2015 World Series at 9/4.
The Toronto Blue Jays came into 2015 with the lowest World Series odds of the four remaining teams at 35/1. Toronto won the AL East as a result of their 93-win campaign and managed to enter the playoffs with 4/1 odds to win a championship, better than any other team at the start of the postseason. Currently down 2-1 while playing the middle games of the series at home, the Blue Jays are at 13/5 to capture their first title since 1993.
Chris Young takes the ball for Kansas City while Toronto sends knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound in Game 4 in an attempt to even the ALCS.
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