Fans may be down on the Tigers, but Las Vegas is still on the bandwagon

Leon Halip

Despite their recent struggles, the Detroit Tigers remain favored to win the AL pennant and World Series, along with having the favorites in the AL MVP and Cy Young races.

The Detroit Tigers may have stumbled to the mid season mark, losing six of seven to drop into second place in the AL Central, causing a fan base panic. But the Las Vegas sports books believe the recent losing streak is just a speed bump on the way to the Tigers winning the World Series and sweeping the American League MVP and Cy Young.

Currently, the Tigers and Cardinals are big favorites to take it all. As for the Central race, sports books are not buying what the rest of the division is selling. The Tigers are laying 2/7 to the Indians 3/1. The remaining three teams are thought to be long shots or worse.

In the big awards races, the AL MVP is a two man race between Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis, with Cabrera the odds-on favorite. The Cy Young is still up in the air, yet Vegas knows Max Scherzer's gaudy W/L record is bound to impress old school voters, making him the mid-season leader over Clay Buchholz and Yu Darvish.

Obviously, sports books lay their odds in order to even out the betting, allowing them to rake in cash no matter who wins and loses. But Vegas experts know what they are doing, and have made the Tigers overwhelming favorites in the AL (Cabrera and Scherzer as well) for good reason.

Also, please remember you mileage may vary according to your neighborhood bookie and how much of a degenerate gambler you may be.

Odds to win the 2013 World Series:

Detroit Tigers 13/2
St. Louis Cardinals 15/2
Atlanta Braves 8/1
Boston Red Sox 11/1
Texas Rangers 11/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1
Cincinnati Reds 14/1
Baltimore Orioles 16/1
Toronto Blue Jays 16/1
Washington Nationals 16/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 22/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 22/1
San Francisco Giants 22/1
Los Angeles Angels 25/1
New York Yankees 25/1
Tampa Bay Rays 25/1
Cleveland Indians 28/1
Colorado Rockies 40/1
San Diego Padres 40/1
Kansas City Royals 50/1
Philadelphia Phillies 66/1
Minnesota Twins 150/1
Chicago White Sox 250/1
New York Mets 250/1
Seattle Mariners 300/1
Chicago Cubs 500/1
Milwaukee Brewers 500/1
Houston Astros 2500/1
Miami Marlins 3000/1

Odds to win the 2013 AL Pennant:

Detroit Tigers 7/2
Texas Rangers 11/2
Boston Red Sox 6/1
Oakland Athletics 6/1
Baltimore Orioles 7/1
Toronto Blue Jays 15/2
New York Yankees 12/1
Cleveland Indians 14/1
Los Angeles Angels 14/1
Tampa Bay Rays 14/1
Kansas City Royals 25/1
Minnesota Twins 75/1
Chicago White Sox 125/1
Seattle Mariners 150/1
Houston Astros 1000/1

Odds to Win the 2013 AL Central:

Detroit Tigers 2/7
Cleveland Indians 3/1
Kansas City Royals 10/1
Minnesota Twins 33/1
Chicago White Sox 66/1

Odds to win the 2013 AL MVP:

Miguel Cabrera (DET) 2/3
Chris Davis (BAL) 5/2
Mike Trout (LAA) 13/2
Evan Longoria (TB) 10/1
Manny Machado (BAL) 12/1
Robinson Cano (NYY) 15/1
Max Scherzer (DET) 20/1
Dustin Pedroia (BOS) 25/1

Odds to win the 2013 AL Cy Young:

Max Scherzer (DET) 7/4
Clay Buchholz (BOS) 4/1
Yu Darvish (TEX) 4/1
Justin Masterson (CLE) 10/1
Felix Hernandez (SEA) 12/1
Bartolo Colon (OAK) 12/1
Anibal Sanchez (DET) 14/1
Hiwashi Iwakuma (SEA) 14/1
Justin Verlander (DET) 15/1
Matt Moore (TB) 15/1
C.C. Sabathia (NYY) 25/1
Chris Sale (CWS) 25/1
Joe Nathan (TEX) 25/1
Alex Cobb (TB) 25/1
Mariano Rivera (NYY) 25/1
R.A. Dickey (TOR) 100/1

MLB odds via Jimmy Shapiro and online sports book Bovada.lv.

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