The Kansas City Royals not only continue to carry a chip on their shoulder they are still the odds on favorite at Bovada Online Sportsbook to win the American League Pennant at +200 and the 2015 Fall Classic at +450. The Royals “chip” that they refuse to relinquish is their desire to be the bully in each and every contest, regardless of opponent or venue and when push came to shove in Sunday’s finale of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre the Toronto Blue Jays refused to back down and give Kansas City and Ned Yost’s “Forever Royal” troupe all they could handle. The WagerTalk team reviews the Odds to Win the 2015 AL Pennant and takes a gander at the Blue Jays recent money-line move
R.A. Dickey pitched seven shutout innings on three days’ rest and while Edinson Volquez recorded a quality start throwing six innings of two run baseball the, the Blue Jays defeated the Royals 5-2 in a game that had a bench-clearing incident.
It was an important series for the Blue Jays, who added five players before Friday’s deadline for trades without waivers, but the question that has centered at most baseball fan websites this morning has been whether, “After shutting down Royals, is R.A. Dickey back?”
Maybe, but doubtful.
Yes, there is optimism when looking at Dickey’s past three starts, three outings that rank among his best five turns of the season, but the underlying peripherals mostly his Line Drive rate, and lack of strikeouts limit his potential. Yesterday’s win over the Royals was his first start on the season without any runs allowed.
Dickey (6-10), the Blue Jays knuckleballer who was starting on three days’ rest, allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six helping move the city, organization and his teammates within 6 games of first place in the American League East and but one game out of the second Wild Card sport in the AL.
Toronto has made the largest odds move among American League hopefuls. The Blue Jays have moved into an odds tie with the New York Yankees +550 to win the American League championship flag.
Back in March most offshore and online sportsbooks had the Seattle Mariners as the top money-grabber among players investing in futures. Despite not making the playoffs since 2001, the Seattle Mariners were the March, 2015 favorites, to win the American League championship
The odds, as of August 3rd, 2015, to win the 2015 AL Pennant
Odds provided by Bovada Online Sportsbook
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays