Will the Orioles be in the bottom six of the majors in 2011?
By Dan Connolly
Nov 03, 2010 at 5:32 PM
Online gaming site bodog.com, has set its odds for the 2011 baseball season.
The New York Yankees, despite their loss in the American League Championship Series, are bodog's pick to win it all in 2011.
The Yankees are a 4-1 favorite, with the Philadelphia Phillies at 6-1 and the Boston Red Sox, who didn't make the 2010 playoffs, tied with the 2010 world champion San Francisco Giants at 10-1 odds.
The Orioles? Their odds are 75-1 to win the World Series, that's sixth worst in the majors. I guess the optimist looks at that as improvement.
The Orioles' 66-96 record was fourth worst in the majors in 2010. So jumping up to sixth means the Orioles will leapfrog the Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals while the Seattle Mariners slip ahead of the Orioles, according to bodog.
I guess the oddsmakers weren't all that impressed with the Orioles' 34-23 record in the final two months under Buck Showalter. Or minimally impressed, anyway.
It's impossible to know what the teams will look like in spring training, not to mention next September. But it is the beginning of November, free agency hasn't started yet and there's not a whole lot to debate yet.
So let's contemplate the Orioles as one of the six worst teams in the majors next year. They've been there each of the past five seasons. Will they make it a sixth?
Oddsmakers say so. What about you?
Daily Think Special: Are the oddsmakers wrong? Will the Orioles rise above being the sixth worst team in the majors in 2011? If so, how far?