As the Giants embark on their bid to win the World Series again, oddsmakers say the champs will have competition to bring home the hardware.
The betting portion of official Las Vegas travel website Vegas.com has the Giants listed with 15-1 odds to win back-to-back titles.
The Philadelphia Phillies, everyone’s National League heavyweight with their four ace pitchers, are the favorite to dethrone the Giants at 3-1. American League rivals the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are next at 9-2 and 5-1, respectively. Across the Bay, the young A’s are at 50-1.
Legendary oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, who runs Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Nevada, has slightly better odds on the Gaints.
“We have the Giants at 9-1 to win the World Series at 88 over/under [for] season wins,” Vaccaro said. “The Giants are one of our better teams to win everything this year as far as Lucky’s is concerned. We actually have a little bit of money on the season win total, so there’s been some activity.”
Lucky’s has five race and sports books in northern Nevada, and Vaccaro said they always generate money on the Giants each season.
Vegas.com has Philadelphia at even odds to win the NL pennant, with the Giants at 7-1 and the St. Louis Cardinals at 8-1. The Red Sox and Yankees are co-favorites in the AL at 5-2, with the A’s farther back at 25-1.
As far as placing a bet on Tim Lincecum winning the NL Cy Young Award for a third time, Vaccaro said bets are not placed on those odds.
“We can’t take bets on that or on the Most Valuable Player, really any type of all-star balloting in Nevada,” Vaccaro said. “But if you’ve been following Nevada, they’ve actually come out with some game regulations where we the industry will look into booking what you’d call the offshoots, in other words, stuff like ‘American Idol,’ ‘Dancing with Stars’ and stuff like that.
“Like most casinos, we constantly keep changing the odds as the games are played. In other words, if the Giants would jump out to a five-game lead, that would lower our division prices. We would never take them down, we just adjust the odds as the day goes by. The major moves usually come at the All-Star break because you have a few days to look at everything and you see major adjustments there.”