Orioles: Long odds could mean longer wait

Thought I would expand a bit on my column for today, which you can read here. The odds have been set at 100-1 against the Orioles winning the World Series next year, according to one of the internet gambling sites, which would seem to indicate that not much has changed since they were a 100-1 long shot before the 2008 season.

Of course, it depends on how you look at it. Since the Tampa Bay Rays have stepped up and you can be sure the other teams in the division are going to be active this winter, the chances of the Orioles making a big move in the American League East appear slim unless Andy MacPhail goes on a lavish free agent spending spree. I just don't see that happening.


I used the odds from a site called BetOnline.com, but they're probably pretty similar to what you would find at a sports book in Vegas. In case you're curious, here are the early odds on every major league team to win the 2009 World Series. I forgot to mention in the column that the Nationals are off the charts at 300-1.

Boston Red Sox 3/1


Chicago Cubs 5/1

LA Angels 5/1

Philadelphia Phillies 6/1

New York Yankees 6/1

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10/1

Chicago White Sox 10/1

New York Mets 12/1

Milwaukee Brewers 15/1

Minnesota Twins 15/1

LA Dodgers 15/1

Toronto Blue Jays 20/1

Detroit Tigers 25/1

Florida Marlins 30/1

Houston Astros 30/1

St. Louis Cardinals 30/1

Cleveland Indians 30/1

Atlanta Braves 30/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 40/1

Colorado Rockies 40/1

Texas Rangers 50/1

Cincinnati Reds 50/1

Oakland Athletics 50/1

San Francisco Giants 80/1

KC Royals 100/1

Baltimore Orioles 100/1

Seattle Mariners 100/1

San Diego Padres 100/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1

Washington Nationals 300/1

Just a heads up: I'll be on vacation for a large chunk of November. I will continue to update the blog and post comments for the next week or so from California, but probably not with the same frequency as I normally would. Later in the month, I'm going overseas, so we'll just have to see how that works out. Might have to bring in a guest blogger for a few days.