The players aren't the only ones under pressure in the 2013 MLB playoffs.
There's also millions of dollars on the line for those who decide to put some money down. If you play your cards right, you may just have your own historic postseason performance. Move over Reggie Jackson, there could be a new "Mr. October."
These are the odds for each remaining team in winning the World Series, at least as of 1 p.m. on Monday via Vegas Insider.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||2/1|
|Boston Red Sox||2/1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||12/1|
|Tampa Bay Rays||30/1|
In case you're interested in throwing some money down, here's how the four teams with the lowest odds rank in terms of best return on investment and how likely they are of lifting the Commissioner's Trophy.
4. Tampa Bay Rays: 30/1
In a few hours, the Tampa Bay Rays may very well be out of the playoffs. Should they push their series with the Boston Red Sox to a Game 4, it will still be a major uphill battle to get through to the ALCS. Tampa would have to take Game 4 and then go into Fenway Park and win the decisive Game 5.
The Rays' best chance of winning went down in Game 2, when David Price failed to get the win and melted down after the game.
Tampa needed its pitchers to step up and compensate for a spotty offense. That hasn't happened so far, and you've got no reason to think it's going to happen in the next three games, if the Rays can push this series further.
3. Oakland Athletics: 10/1
For all the regular season success Billy Beane has helped bring to the Oakland Athletics, he hasn't had much luck in the postseason. The A's have won just one playoff series in their six playoff appearances since 2000.
Oakland has had some great teams in that span, but something happened when October rolled around.
The A's have put themselves in a great spot, going up 2-1 going into Game 4. However, you wouldn't expect the Detroit Tigers to drop two home games in a row. Expect the Tigers to push it to Game 5.
Even if Oakland can advance, you have to wonder if it has the offense to go all the way. Bob Melvin has done a great job with his platoons, but against elite pitching, it may not be enough.
2. St. Louis Cardinals: 12/1
These odds are bound to change very soon. The St. Louis Cardinals pushed their NLDS matchup to a Game 5 with their win on Monday afternoon. Michael Wacha was superb for 7.1 innings, before the bullpen came in and shut the door.
It will be Adam Wainwright vs. Gerrit Cole on Wednesday in what should be a great pitcher's duel. You'd give Wainwright the advantage based on the combination of his experience and pitching at home.
Few teams are as balanced as the Cards. They've got enough pitching to stifle any opposing lineup, and their offense is deep and talented.
1. Atlanta Braves: 25/1
The Atlanta Braves just may have found a way back in this series, and it comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They announced Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 on Monday night on short rest, via SportsCenter.
THIS JUST IN: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start tonight's Game 4 vs. Braves on short rest. He had 12 K in 7 IP in Game 1 win.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 7, 2013
Some pitchers respond well to pitching on short rest, but it seems like a bit of a desperate move for a Dodgers team that's already up 2-1 in the series.
If Atlanta can get this series back home, you'd give them the edge in Game 5, and once through, the Braves could breathe a bit easier.
It's easy to forget this is a team that won 96 games during the regular season. The pitching should improve, and the offense just needs to keep producing as it has through the last two games.