BY JEFF SLADE
There’s still a long way to go in the season, but according to Bovada Sportsbook, the Washington Nationals are tied with the best odds to win the World Series at 7-1.
For those mathematically challenged (like myself) that mean the folks over in Vegas think there’s about a 14 percent chance of the Nats going all the way.
That may not seem like an absurdly high number, but it remains the highest in the MLB (also tied with the Cardinals). Considering the potential for injuries and the variability that comes with an MLB season and post-season, 7-1 is a pretty high mark.
The Nats, winning nine out of their last ten games with the help of phenomenal starting pitching performances, currently find themselves with a three and a half game division lead.
During that impressive streak of games, which included an eight-game winning streak, the Nats only gave up over two runs on a single occasion, the game they happened to loose.
With injuries in the lineup and an inconsistent bullpen, the success of the team will likely continue to hinge on its starting pitching staff, which may in fact be fantastic news for the team that thrives on it.
The Mets being the only serious contender (third place Atlanta is seven games back), the Nationals could indeed be primed for a deep run as Bovada predicts.
In case anyone was wondering, the website for comparison gives the Philadelphia Phillies 1,000-1 odds of winning the Fall Classic.
They have a much more bullish prediction on the Nats’ likelihood of winning the NL East, which currently stands at 1-10, about a 90 percent chance.
But, do the Nats finally have what it takes this year to bring home a world series to the city of Washington and the Lerners? Only time and October will tell – but for now we’ll have to do with 14 percent. Just imagine the chocolate...