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Baseball's pennant race odds heating up

As the baseball season enters its final month the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to sit atop the MLB futures as 11-2 favorites to win the 2014 World Series.

The Dodgers, 7-7 in their last 14 outings, maintain a 2.5-game lead over the surging San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

Winners of their last six, the Giants sit in a virtual tie with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals for the top NL Wild Card spot, but still trail the pack in World Series online betting with odds of 16-1, per BetDSI.

The Brewers and Cards are also in a dead heat atop the NL Central and own identical World Series betting odds of 14-1 over at GTbets.eu. The Brewers and Cards go head-to-head in a four-game series in Milwaukee on the weekend, followed by a three-game series in St. Louis later this month that could determine the division winner.

But while the Cards remain 11-10 favorites to win the division, followed closely by Milwaukee at 8-5, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still in the hunt, just two games back of top spot in the NL Central and the top Wild Card spot.

The Bucs, who currently own interesting 7-2 odds to win their division, but sit well back of the favorites in World Series betting at 28-1, start September with three games against the Cards followed by three games against Milwaukee two weeks from now.

The Los Angeles Angels have the upper hand in the AL West following their weekend sweep of the Oakland A’s, extending their current winning streak to six, and their divisional lead to five games.

But while the streaking Angels own the best record in baseball, they remain deadlocked with the A’s in World Series betting with odds of 6-1. The Washington Nationals, who hold a commanding six-game lead in the NL East, also sport World Series odds of 6-1 at BetDSI.

The A’s remain atop the AL Wild Card race, while the Detroit Tigers hold a half-game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card. 

Despite their tenuous position in the standings, the Tigers own World Series odds of 15-2, well ahead of the Mariners at 22-1 and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals, at 18-1.

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