The Oakland Athletics weren’t considered a serious World Series contender in April by the online sports book Bovada, which gave the A’s 20/1 odds on April 8.
By the All-Star break, those odds were 5/1. Today, in the wake of Thursday’s deal to acquire All-Star left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, they are now 4/1 favorites to win the whole thing.
Oakland wasn’t the only club to see its odds improve after the deadline. The Detroit Tigers, after adding left-hander David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays, jumped from 6/1 at the All-Star break to 5/1 today.
The only contender whose odds got worse according to Bovada resides in the American League East.
The Baltimore Orioles dipped to 16/1, down from 14/1 at the break.
Baltimore added an arm to the bullpen, picking up left-hander Andrew Miller from the Red Sox.
The news is not so cheery for slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who had a setback last week in his return from a strained right quad.
The entire list of odds includes:
- 4/1—Oakland Athletics
- 5/1—Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 10/1—Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals
- 11/1—St. Louis Cardinals
- 12/1—San Francisco Giants
- 14/1—Toronto Blue Jays
- 16/1—Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers
- 18/1—Atlanta Braves
- 25/1—New York Yankees
- 28/1—Pittsburgh Pirates
- 33/1—Seattle Mariners
- 50/1—Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays
- 66/1—Cleveland Indians
- 100/1—Boston Red Sox
- 150/1—Miami Marlins
- 200/1—Chicago White Sox, New York Mets
- 1000/1—Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres