Updated MLB Futures

Mike Trout and the Angels have climbed to the top of the MLB futures list.

Mike Trout and the Angels have climbed to the top of the MLB futures list.

Having surged to the top of the Major League Baseball standings, the Los Angeles Angels have topped the baseball futures list for the first time this season.

According to online sportsbook Bovada, the Angels are currently considered 5/1 to lift the Commissioner’s Trophy in October.

Having topped the list for the past two months, the Los Angeles Dodgers now slip into second place on the list. Don Mattingly’s club has odds of 11/2 to win the 2014 World Series, just a snip behind their freeway rivals.

The positioning of the two clubs makes it all but impossible not to gaze ahead and wonder whether or not we might be seeing the first ever Freeway Series in October. That’s a mouthwatering prospect for sure.

Away from the Golden State, the Washington Nationals – currently sporting the best record in the National League – sit in third place on the futures list, with World Series odds currently standing at 6/1.

Right behind the Nationals at 7/1 are the Baltimore Orioles. If an all-Los Angeles World Series is enticing, how about a Baltimore-Washington showdown? With the way these two clubs have played this season, you’d be hard pushed to find a better matchup.

The Orioles had 28/1 odds on July 1, marking a huge change in fortune that’s come about thanks to an impressive lead in the AL East.

Having dropped from their perch at the top of the American League, the Oakland Athletics are also listed at 7/1, rounding out the top five. Of course, the A’s could end up meeting the San Francisco Giants – currently listed at 16/1, good enough for ninth place on Bovada’s updated list of World Series odds – come the end of October.

Odds of the Detroit Tigers (8/1) or St. Louis Cardinals (10/1) winning the World Series remain almost unchanged. Bookmakers know the personnel these teams bring to the field and aren’t likely to bail on them anytime soon.

Like Baltimore, the Kansas City Royals have also shown a remarkable improvement of late, both on the field and on the bookmakers’ lists.

The Royals had 33/1 odds to win the World Series back on July 1. Those odds now sit at 14/1, good enough for the club to crack Bovada’s top 10.

Heading the other way, the Milwaukee Brewers (18/1), Atlanta Braves (33/1) and New York Yankees (33/1) have all slipped in the standings and the futures list. The Brewers and Braves still have a shot at the postseason, and could see those odds shrink again with an extended run. The Yanks aren’t out of the running yet, but the hill that needs climbing certainly looks like it’s a little too steep.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays, considered 12/1 to win the World Series just two months ago, have slipped to 75/1 following a terrible second half of the season.

The New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays were removed from the list overnight, meaning that 11 clubs have been eliminated from the fold, at least according to the bookmakers.

With less than four weeks of regular season actual left on deck, it’s time to pick out your dark horses and get some extended odds, before the bookmakers start reeling everything in.

You can find the updated MLB futures list below.

20140903_MLB_Futures You can find all of Bovada’s MLB future odds, including league odds, right here.

For a full list of today’s Major League Baseball odds, click here.

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