In mid July, the Washington Nationals ranked among the top teams in baseball according to the bookmakers in Las Vegas. Installed as 8-1 favorites to win the World Series, the Nats came in only below the Kansas City Royals with the best odds to win the Fall Classic. Now, after a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets that dropped Washington into a tie for first place in the NL East, Vegas has a different view on the Nats.
Bovada.lv moved the Nats from 8-1 to win the World Series to 10-1 in their odds released Monday, now behind the Royals (9-2), the Dodgers (7-1) and the Cardinals (8-1). Further, both the Yankees and Blue Jays are tied with the Nats at 10-1 to win the title. What stands out, especially in the NL East, is the drastic move from the Mets, a team that was 33-1 to win it all in mid-July but has seen their odds shoot up to 14-1.
If fans are nervous about the slumping Nats, Vegas will not help their fears. While Matt Williams' crew is still the favorite to win the division at 1-3, the Mets are just behind at 7-4. Best odds to win the NL pennant still start in Los Angeles with the Dodgers out in front at 3-1, then the Cards at 13-4 followed by the Nats at 9-2.
Baseball requires a long view, as teams surge and slump at times throughout the summer. The Nats have plenty of chances to left to secure their postseason shot, but as Vegas points out, the odds aren't looking as good now as they did just a few weeks back.