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The Orioles are 22/1 to win the World Series

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The Orioles have made it into the postseason, but the sports books don’t think they’re very likely to win the World Series.

Adam Jones has beer dumped on his head as the Orioles celebrate clinching a postseason berth.
There’s going to be a lot more beer poured if the Orioles make it to the World Series.
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You shouldn’t bet on sports, because you don’t know anything and you’re only going to lose money in the long run. But if for some reason you feel compelled to place a bet on the Orioles to win the World Series right now, you’re going to get 22/1 odds at the Bovada sports book.

Not surprisingly, the Orioles are tied for the worst odds of any of the other postseason teams. The other road wild card team, the Giants, are also 22/1. The wild card teams generally must survive the one game playoff just to go and face the team with the best record in their league in a best-of-five series. That’s a tough task.

The O’s wild card opponent, the Blue Jays, sit at 10/1 to win the World Series. That does seem to suggest there’s little expectation in the gambling world of the O’s moving on. It is just one game and anything can happen. The Mets, at home for the NL wild card game, are 18/1 to be World Series champions.

The best time to put some money on the Orioles - at least as far as the odds are concerned - would have been back in the preseason when they were 40/1. Well, you missed your chance for that, but that’s OK. 22/1 would still be a pretty good payout if the Orioles won the World Series. Don’t bet on sports.

The best odds belong to the 103-win Chicago Cubs, who are 12/5 to win the World Series and 11/10 to be the National League champions. That is going to be a tough nut to crack... unless the old curse of the billy goat rears its ugly head.

Next after the Cubs are two American League teams. The Red Sox are 5/1 to win the World Series, while the Rangers are 6/1. Keep in mind that the odds are not made to be precise, but rather set to make the oddsmakers money. The Red Sox bandwagon will probably place about as many bets at 5/1 as opposed to like 7/1, so why would Vegas expose itself to more payouts? It won’t! The sports book knows more than you.

Rounding out the postseason field, the pharmaceutical mavens at Walgreens are 13/2, with the Dodgers at 15/2 and the Indians at 9/1.

Oh, and if you just want to bet on who’s going to win the American League pennant, you can get the Orioles at 10/1 for that. Boston and Texas are both 2/1 to be the AL winners at this point in time.

That all sounds about right. The way things look right now, the Orioles aren’t likely to win the pennant or the World Series. But if you’re bold enough to bet on either and they do it, you’d win some money.