New York Yankees: +325 Odds
New York could actually be an improved squad in 2010. Javier Vazquez has been added to a deep pitching rotation while Curtis Granderson has been acquired to become the squad’s new center fielder. The Yankees did lose Hideki Matsui and it is unlikely that Johnny Damon will be resigned. The offensive nucleus of Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez should still be able to produce big numbers this season. New York appears to have the right mix of veterans and younger players to be a strong contender in 2010.
Philadelphia Phillies: +600 Odds
After winning consecutive NL pennants, Philadelphia is in a solid position to return to the series again this season. Roy Halladay is on board as a dominant number one starter for the pitching staff. On offense, veteran third baseman Placido Polanco was signed as a free agent. The Phillies couldn’t afford to keep Cliff Lee after adding Halladay but the overall rotation is still strong. Philadelphia will need closer Brad Lidge to rebound from a tough 2009 this season.
Boston Red Sox: +650 Odds
With two World Series crowns in the last six years, Boston is hoping to have an answer for the Yankees in 2010. The Red Sox were able to sign top free agent hurler John Lackey to bolster a solid rotation. Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro were also signed to aid the everyday lineup for Boston. The Red Sox will also have the service of catcher Victor Martinez for an entire year this season. The departure of top slugger Jason Bay will create a bit of a power void.
Los Angeles Dodgers: +1200 Odds
After reaching the NL Championship Series in the last two seasons, the Dodgers are hoping to take the next step in 2010. A strong everyday lineup is basically intact but the club’s starting pitching is a little questionable. Lefty Randy Wolf signed on with Milwaukee to leave the club’s rotation a little thin. With Los Angeles owner Frank McCourt in the middle of a nasty divorce, there are questions about how limited the Dodgers finances could be throughout the season.
St. Louis Cardinals: + 1400 Odds
St. Louis is in a good position to repeat as NL Central division champs after resigning prized free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. With Holliday and MVP Albert Pujols together for an entire season, the Cardinals offense will give opposing hurlers plenty of headaches in 2010. Cris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright form a potent duo at the top of the rotation. Right-hander Brad Penny was signed to offset the loss of Joel Pineiro.
Odds To Win 2010 MLB World Series
(odds from Sportsbook.com)
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
St Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays