World Series odds update: The biggest deadline movers
The wildest trade deadline in MLB - and arguably all of sports - history saw seemingly every big name in the rumor mill find a new home in the days leading up to the July 30, 4 p.m. ET deadline.
The combination of quality and quantity made the deadline so exciting, with almost every contender bolstering their chances ahead of what's shaping up to be a mesmerizing playoff race and a thrilling month of October baseball.
The result is a pretty major shift in the World Series oddsboard from where we stood at the All-Star break just 17 days ago:
|TEAM||ODDS (7/31)||ODDS (7/13)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+300||+350|
|Chicago White Sox||+700||+800|
|San Diego Padres||+800||+800|
|New York Mets||+900||+700|
|Boston Red Sox||+1200||+1000|
|San Francisco Giants||+1200||+1800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1500||+1200|
|New York Yankees||+1800||+1800|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2500||+2500|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+12000||+5000|
|Los Angeles Angels||+15000||+7500|
|Kansas City Royals||+50000||+30000|
Los Angeles Dodgers, +350 to +300
The 2020 World Series champions took a big step towards defending their title yesterday. The Dodgers beat the NL West rival Padres at the 11th hour, acquiring the best arm on the market in Max Scherzer while also landing one of the league's best hitters and base stealers in Trea Turner - the shortstop ranks third in stolen bases, fourth in batting average, and sixth in WAR among all qualifying hitters this season. And because it never hurts to stockpile arms, Los Angeles also added veteran lefty Danny Duffy. It took the top-two prospects in their system for the Dodgers to land Scherzer and Turner, but parades are a lot more valuable than prospects at the end of the day.
Houston Astros, +600 to +450
The one knock on the Astros' title chances ahead of the deadline was their unreliable bullpen, ranking 16th in ERA and 22nd in FIP. GM James Click went above and beyond to remove all doubt, bringing in relievers Kendall Graveman, Rafael Montero, Yimi Garcia, and Phil Maton. Graveman is the biggest prize among them, registering a 0.79 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings this campaign with the Mariners. It's tough to win in October without a reliable pen, but that's no longer a concern for the current AL leaders and favorites.
Chicago White Sox, +800 to +700
It wasn't about volume for the White Sox on deadline day, but GM Rick Hahn made one of the biggest splashes as he won the race for closer Craig Kimbrel. The 33-year-old has been close to untouchable this season, allowing just two earned runs in 36 2/3 innings pitched - including a current 23 1/3 scoreless streak dating back to May 8 - with 64 strikeouts to just 13 walks. Kimbrel gives the White Sox an incredible 1-2-3 punch out of the bullpen alongside Liam Hendriks and Michael Kopech.
San Francisco Giants, +1800 to +1200
After years of trade rumors, the Cubs finally found a new home for Kris Bryant just minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline. The fit couldn't be much better, as Bryant provides significant relief for a banged-up infield. The third baseman should immediately slot into the heart of the Giants' lineup, where he will really help an offense that has struggled against left-handed pitching. Bryant's versatility is also key as he can man third until Evan Longoria returns, at which point he can move across the diamond or into the outfield.
New York Mets, +700 to +900
Javier Baez's arrival will be a nice boost for the offense, but the biggest knock on the Mets was their inability to fortify a rotation that's had an issue with depth all year. To be fair to interim GM Zack Scott, there weren't many arms available, and the price tag on the big names - Scherzer and Jose Berrios - proved very high. Trevor Williams and Rich Hill don't shift the needle all that much, and Scott's inability to address the rotation certainly wasn't helped by Friday's news that Jacob DeGrom won't be throwing for another two weeks.
Boston Red Sox, +1000 to +1200
GM Brian O'Halloran took in much of the deadline chaos from the sidelines, opting not to dip into the farm. You can't blame him for not wanting to rock the boat with the way things have been going for the Red Sox, but it couldn't have been easy for fans to see their team sit back while the chasing New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays went all in. Boston's only addition was Kyle Schwarber, who's still at least a couple weeks from returning to the field, at which point the Red Sox will ask him to play a brand new position. It's hardly an ideal scenario.
Oakland Athletic, +1500 to +2800
The deadline was actually pretty efficient for the Athletics, which dealt for Starling Marte to addressed their struggling outfield. The 32-year-old pending free agent is having a career-best season and will provide a real boost both offensively and defensively. Oakland also acquired good hitting depth in Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison, as well as a strong arm out of the pen in Andrew Chafin. So why the plummeting odds? The A's are just 15-19 over the last six weeks, and while they did improve their roster over the past week, their efforts didn't match the extent of the AL's other top contenders.
NL Central chasers
The Milwaukee Brewers (+1400 to +1300) took a big step towards NL Central supremacy over the past week, solidifying their roster with some shrewd business as they brought in infielder Eduardo Escobar as well as relievers Daniel Norris and John Curtiss. The seven-game lead they hold for first place seems insurmountable now since the Cincinnati Reds (+5000 to +7500) and St. Louis Cardinals (+5000 to +12000) sat idle, while the Cubs (+3400 to +20000) dealt away everyone with a pulse. The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves also made some nice moves at the deadline, but the Reds and Cardinals appear set to drop out of the wild card race altogether.
Alex Moretto is theScore's supervising editor of sports betting. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.