Colorado Rockies drop in Vegas odds to win 2018 World Series
By Kevin Henry
With pitchers and catchers reporting in a little over a week and spring training officially beginning, how are the folks in Las Vegas viewing the chances for the Colorado Rockies winning the 2018 World Series?
According to OddsShark.com, the Rockies could be considered long shots to win it all this season at +5000 (as of the evening of February 6). Those are the second-worst odds in the National League West, with only the San Diego Padres having longer odds at +10000.
By the way, Colorado opened the offseason as a +4000 pick.
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The defending National League West (and National League overall) champion Los Angeles Dodgers sit as the favorite in the NL to win everything at +550. That’s also tied for the best chance to win the World Series along with the New York Yankees. Could we be heading for another Yankees-Dodgers World Series. Vegas may be leaning that way.
San Francisco, a team that made a lot of noise in the offseason by acquiring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen, have the second-highest odds out of the NL West at +1800. The Giants are followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who knocked the Rockies out of last year’s postseason, at +2500.
While the Rockies made the postseason last year, odds put plenty of other National League teams ahead of Colorado in the race for the World Series. Aside from the aforementioned teams, the Washington Nationals (+800), Chicago Cubs (+1000), St. Louis Cardinals (+2000), New York Mets (+2800) and Milwaukee Brewers (+2800) all have better odds of winning it all.
Obviously, those setting the odds are less than impressed with Colorado’s offseason so far. While the Rockies acquired Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw and re-signed Jake McGee to shore up the back end of the bullpen, as well as Chris Iannetta to serve as the team’s veteran catcher, the Rockies have done little else while other teams like the Giants and Brewers have made bigger moves.
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Want another way to look at how those who set the odds are looking at Colorado’s chances. Check out this tweet containing odds from a Vegas casino sent by friends of Rox Pile on Tuesday afternoon.