2012 MLB Season Preview: Opening Day World Series Odds

Kevin W. Ryan@@kevry88Contributor IIIMarch 29, 2012

After the Cardinals' historic run from almost not even making the playoffs, it's clear anything can happen come October. What's even more interesting is the new MLB playoff rules

From increasing player salaries to the actual format of the playoffs, it's an entirely new ball game.


What You Need to Know 

Each division winner will receive a first-round bye. Next, the two wild-card teams will play an  elimination game in which the winner will play the top-seeded division winner (best record in their respective league). 

With wild rule changes, anything can happen—especially in the elimination game. A wild-card team has made it to the World Series 10 times—winning five of them.

In fact, the 2002 World Series was played by both the National League and American League wild-card winners.

Coming into the 2012 Opening Day, here are the odds given to each team to win the World Series:


Arizona Diamondbacks 20;1
Atlanta Braves 16:1
Baltimore Orioles 200:1
Boston Red Sox 10:1
Chicago Cubs 60:1
Chicago White Sox 80:1
Cincinnati Reds 15:1
Cleveland Indians 60:1
Colorado Rockies 35:1
Detroit Tigers 6:1
Houston Astros 300:1
Kansas City Royals 60:1
Los Angeles Angels 7:1
Los Angeles Dodgers 40:1
Miami Marlins 20:1
Milwaukee Brewers 25:1
Minnesota Twins 100:1
New York Mets 100:1
New York Yankees 7:1
Oakland Athletics 100:1
Philadelphia Phillies 6:1
Pittsburgh Pirates 80:1
San Diego Padres 100:1
San Francisco Giants 16:1
Seattle Mariners 100:1
St. Louis Champions 35:1
Tampa Bay Rays 16:1
Texas Rangers 8:1
Toronto Blue Jays 60:1
Washington Nationals 25:1


Anything can happen! 

Source: Sportsbook.com (as of 03/29/12).