Bovada Sportsbook Has the Seattle Mariners at 8th Most Likely to Win the 2015 World Series


With the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in last night’s game 7 of the World Series, the 2014 season is officially in the books.

Now that it’s over, it is time to look ahead to the offseason, to the 2015 regular season, and beyond. Bovada Sportsbook has already released its betting odds for the 2015 World Series. Some of the teams at the top won’t surprise you: the LA Dodgers (15/2), Washington Nationals (15/2), Detroit Tigers (10/1), Los Angeles Angels (10/1), San Francisco Giants (12/1), and St. Louis Cardinals round out the top five.

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None of those teams are all that surprising. The Dodgers and Nationals have tons of fire power to go with rotations that can, in theory, carry most teams deep into a post-season. The Tigers always seem to be in the hunt, though they have some serious questions to attend to: namely Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez. The Angels finally remembered they could hit, but their rotation will need some bolstering this offseason no doubt. And if the Cardinals and World Champion Giants have proved anything over recent seasons, it’s that they’re deep and talented and know how to win in October.

Clocking in at 8th in the odds for a World Championship in 2015 are the Seattle Mariners, at 18/1 odds. The margins narrow down the list, though, as Cleveland Indians are 15th with 25/1 odds.

But even still, the Mariners’ 2014 season seems to have put them on the MLB map of legitimacy. Seeing this team with 18/1 odds is surprising and encouraging, mostly because they have yet to add any offensive or pitching pieces to the roster. In fact, all they’ve done is subtract, though losing guys like Justin Smoak, Corey Hart, and Kendrys Morales are addition by subtraction at this point.

So what could Mariners fans expect if the team gets their hands on a Victor Martinez, Jon Lester, or an outfielder like Yoenis Cespedes? Would they become a favorite to make it to the World Series?

That may be wishful thinking. It seems like the Mariners are still a ways from World Series contention as of today, but with Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and a devastating bullpen, who knows what the Mariners could do with a little more firepower on the field.