2012 World Series Odds Favor the Phillies
It's that time of the year when the new MLB season is starting to creep into the collective consciousness of baseball betting fans across the United States and Canada, and as proof of this many leading online sportsbetting sites have started posting 2012 World Series odds.
Surprisingly, perhaps, the Philadelphia Phillies have been laid as the early favorites to win baseball's biggest honor, ahead even of last season's World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, and runners-up, the Texas Rangers. Top online sportsbook Bodog has posted +500 odds on the Phillies to win the 2012 World Series.
Phillies Lead Early 2012 World Series Betting
And Bodog is not the only sportsbook that has recognized potential in the team from Philadelphia, as pretty much most land and online sportsbooks have put them in the early lead in the MLB 2012 World Series betting stakes. So the million dollar question is what do their respective handicappers see in the Phillies?
Perhaps the fact that the National League team will not go up against the kind of quality teams that their American League counterparts will have to go up against. In fact, it's true to say that there's a vast difference in quality between the Phillies and second and third rated NL teams - the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins.
Although, canny MLB betting fans would be wise to remember that the Phillies have not had a particularly good run of it over the last few years. Ever since they snagged the 2008 World Series, they have struggled to recapture the kind of form they displayed that season, which saw them deservedly defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1.
Consider that in the 2009 World Series they lost 4-2 to the New York Yankees, before losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Championship Series in 2010, before they failed to make it to the NL Championship Series last year, succumbing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the last game of the Division Series.
Maybe handicappers have recognized something in the Philadelphia Phillies that has been missing in recent seasons, and this will be the year that the team makes the Major League Baseball championship its own once again. Only time will tell. But for right now, MLB betting fans have already started laying their 2012 World Series bets.
2012 World Series Odds at Bodog
|New York Yankees||+700|
|Los Angeles Angels||+800|
|Boston Red Sox||+1000|
|San Francisco Giants||+1800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2000|
|St Louis Cardinals||+2500|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+4000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+4000|
|Chicago White Sox||+6600|
|New York Mets||+8000|
|Kansas City Royals||+10000|
|San Diego Padres||+15000|