Will there ever be a time when the New York Yankees aren’t considered one of the leading contenders for the World Series? Sports bettors and baseball analysts wrote the Yankees off as a contender at the start of this season, but an impressive early performance improved those odds as the month of April went on.
The sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino runs a Superbook that includes a World Series odds board. The Superbook listed odds on the Yankees as the 2013 World Series Champions at 25 to 1 – Canadian baseball fans were excited to see the Toronto Blue Jays with odds of 12 to 1.
The Superbook cited injuries to many of the Yankees’ star players, including Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson as significant for the lower odds. Sports bettors predicted that the Yankees offense would struggle to perform without the heavy hitting support from the injured roster. Odds makers expected that without the usual offensive talent, the Yankees would likely struggle to reach the middle of the American League East Division.
But the Yankees surprised many analysts, and kicked off the season with an impressive 10-7 start despite their injured stars. The better than expected performance was highlighted by the Las Vegas Superbook as well as other casinos and online casinos. Bookmakers cited the depth displayed by Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, and Lyle Overbay as reasons for the impressive start, which improved the Yankees odds on the Superbook to 12 to 1, narrowly inching out the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees already have 27 World Series titles to their names, a championship record unsurpassed by any other professional team in North America. If the team’s secondary talent continues to put up numbers, money may once again be placed on the most successful team in MLB history.