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Attention gamblers: the Angels are now the favorites to win the World Series

Dec 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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The other day the oddsmakers at Bovada had the Tigers as the favorite to win the World Series. They now have the Angels:

Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds pre-Josh Hamilton                 12-1

Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds post-Josh Hamilton                15-2

Of course, this happened with them last year when they signed Albert Pujols too, so the lesson, as always, is that gambling on baseball is just really friggin’ stupid.

For what it’s worth, Bovada also sets the over/under on the Angels win total at 93 1/2, lays 18/1 odds on the Dodgers meeting the Angels in the World Series and lays 5/1 odds on Hamilton being suspended for substance abuse during the 2013 season.

The more you know.

  1. a125125125 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    PLEASE Craig….per your own instructions…..PLEASE NEVER mention that Josh Hamilton used drugs. Thank you.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Sigh. Do people really refuse to read words and instead just assume they know what was written? Craig never said people shouldn’t comment on Hamilton’s drug use (past or future potential)….all he said was that where he plays has no bearing on the likelihood that it becomes an issue in the future.

      For fucks sake, pay attention.

      • pinkfloydprism - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        But the title of the blog, which we can assume he picked, was Please stop making “Josh Hamilton in L.A.” drug wisecracks – that looks like he was saying not to comment on it in the form of wisecracks.

      • indaburg - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        But paperlions, it’s so much easier to take cheap shots at an out-of-context misparaphrase than to do some reasoned and nuanced thinking. It’s like arguing with an adolescent.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        So you only read headlines and not posts? Good to know who I can fool.

        But even the headline, in conjunction with the post, made it quite clear that the idea I’m against is assuming that L.A. (note: the same L.A. as the headline) holds special threats to Hamilton’s sobriety than any other city.

        By all means, make jokes about Hamilton’s addiction. Doing so only risks bad taste, and I have never had a problem with occasional bad taste.

        What I can’t abide, however, is rank ignorance, and believing that Los Angeles represents some unique sort of peril for Hamilton is ignorance.

        You may now resume completely misrepresenting the things I write.

      • bh192012 - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        But since you (Craig) brought it up…. Did they (Bovada) have odds on Hamilton being suspended for substance abuse in 2013 at the end of this season? If so, did they go up or down after the signing. It would be a perception of course and not necessarily a fact, but interesting though.

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    One player doesn’t make that much of a difference in the probability that teams win the World Series.

    • beelza - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:04 AM

      Detroit Michael – Under normal circumstances I agree wuth ur post. However, Trout is anti-normal. He is a generational exception. When a players WAR is 10.6, not only is he a difference maker, he’s a series controller. Last pro player I saw meet and pass Trout’s influence was Wayne Gretsky.

  3. willclarkgameface - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    With that pitching staff? What a joke.

    Next year’s World Series: Detroit vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  4. jgarcia050 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    they will not win the world series…reds will win it this year

  5. DCBlueStar - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    If the jackpot includes sex, money, drugs and beer… Hamliton is in.

  6. psunick - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    After your lecture yesterday, Craig? Those comments about substance abuse are terribly hypocritical.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      See paperlions comment above.

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        I really just used that as a vehicle to use “for fuck’s sake”….far to under-used on this side of the pond.

      • stex52 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        And in the process became Craig’s tool. Talk about your deal with the Devil!!! :-)

      • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        Eh, I’ve always been a tool.

  7. pisano - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Just remember the old baseball saying: “Good pitching will always stop good hitting” so I wouldn’t be too quick to give them a series victory.

  8. iamjimmyjack - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    As an Angels fan I wish we werent the favorites. But I have a feeling those odds changed back to the Tigers after they resigned Anibal Sanchez. The Angels arent contenders in my mind until they trade Bourjos and prospects for a legit 2/3 starter. We can make the playoffs, but WS takes pitching and right now we have a #1 a #3 and three #5’s. We need Dickey or Hellickson.

  9. cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Obviously I hope they are right, but let’s wait until the season starts first. We “won” the offseason last year too, and look how that turned out.

  10. Andrew Chapman - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    One day soon I hope we learn to stop doing picks. It must be stopped. Even though the Angels probably have “too many good players” again and it is so obvious that they will win it all.

  11. indaburg - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    For what it’s worth (which is nothing really), Peter Gammons picks Detroit, Tampa, Cincinnati, and Washington as his MLB Final Four.

  12. yahmule - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Futures are sucker bets in general, but to only offer 18-1 on a Dodgers/Angels World Series is borderline criminal.

  13. moogro - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Please don’t use LA and Angels without the word Anaheim. It’s Orwellian, and wrong.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Spot on, the Angels aren’t even in L.A. county, let alone L.A. proper….

  14. corcow - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Don’t forget about the Jays when they land Dickey. They will have a solid starting in five in Johnson, Burlehe, Romero, Morrow and Dickey. Lets not forget Sanchez for the tigers has never been more then a .500 career pitcher with a career era of over 4.00. Overrated just like Josh Hamilton.

  15. travi481 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Hamilton was good with Texas and he could have relasped but he didnt he put up great nbers last year and missed alot of games. With eye and caffine problems personal reasons but still managed to put up huge numbers. Great move for the Angels they added to their team and subtracted from their own divsion.

  16. gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Ah, those oddsmakers. The odds they announce for free might not match the ones you pay them for. Last year, they gave odds that the first manager to be fired was Bud Black. At the end of the season, not only was he brought back to finish the third year of his contract but the Padres exercised two consecutive options for 2014 and 2015. I think they had the Rockies finishing second and winning a wild card spot too.

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