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2014 World Series Lines Shift Following Trade Deadlines Moves

David PriceThe MLB trade deadline passed earlier today, and there were some big moves that could shape the way the rest of the season turns out. There were a few surprises, but the majority of big moves were expected.

Arguably the top player on the trading block was Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Rumors had been swirling in the Tampa area that Price might be pitching his last game earlier this week. Those rumors became a reality in the 11th hours before the 4pm trade deadline today. Price was sent to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that also involved the Seattle Mariners. Price joins a pitching staff that is already one of the best in the league. His presence on the Tigers makes them a top favorite to win according to the latest 2014 World Series betting lines available at Bovada Sportsbook.

Detroit is not the top favorite to win the World Series on the day of the trade deadline though. That title goes to the Oakland Athletics. The team has the best record in baseball, but made a trade that was bit surprising, sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox, while Jon Lester will head out west to join the A’s. It’s an interesting trade, with Oakland playing well and Boston trying to find a way to make a run.

The A’s are going off at 4/1 at Bovada, which is just ahead of Detroit and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 5/1.

Outside of the top-three favorites, there is a big jump in the payouts, as the next-closest teams are double what the Dodgers and Tigers are. The Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals are all installed at 10/1.

The A’s and Angels are in quite a battle in the AL West, with Oakland controlling just a 2.5-game lead over Los Angeles. The A’s have made it clear through their recent moves that they are trying to win now this season and will worry about the future at a later date. Oakland is in a great position and in line for the opportunity to have home field in the playoff up through the World Series, with the AL winning the All Star Game as well.

The Dodgers control the NL’s best record, and are three games up on the San Francisco Giants. The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t far behind the Dodgers, coming out of the NL Central. They have the better record over St. Louis, but it’s the Cardinals that get the edge on the betting odds. The experience that St. Louis has winning in the playoffs certainly plays a role here.

There is no division leader with a lead bigger than four games. This leaves plenty of teams in position to make a postseason run, and should make for an exciting finish to the year.

2014 World Series Odds – Found at Bovada Sportsbook 7/31/2014

Oakland Athletics 4/1
Detroit Tigers 5/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 5/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1
St. Louis Cardinals 10/1
Washington Nationals 10/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1
Baltimore Orioles 16/1
Milwaukee Brewers 16/1
Toronto Blue Jays 16/1
Atlanta Braves 18/1
New York Yankees 25/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 28/1
Seattle Mariners 33/1
Cincinnati Reds 50/1
Kansas City Royals 50/1
Tampa Bay Rays 50/1
Cleveland Indians 66/1
Boston Red Sox 100/1
Miami Marlin 150/1
Chicago White Sox 200/1
New York Mets 200/1
Minnesota Twins 1000/1
Philadelphia Phillies 1000/1
San Diego Padres 1000/1

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