World Series Odds: Angels Become Buyers, Take Ohtani Off Market
For MLB betting fans rooting for chaos via a potential Shohei Ohtani blockbuster trade, start setting your sights elsewhere. The Los Angeles Angels appear settled on taking Ohtani off the trade market, following days of internal discussions and fielding offers. They’ll also reportedly look to be buyers before the Aug. 1 trade deadline after already making a significant move Thursday, nabbing starting pitcher Lucas Giolito. With that in mind, let’s look at up-to-date Angels odds and their rest-of-season outlook.
how Angels odds are SHIFTING
Lucas Giolito Trade Fallout
With less than a week to go before the MLB trade deadline, L.A. acquired starter Lucas Giolito and reliever Reynaldo Lopez from the Chicago White Sox. It shipped over prospects Edgar Quero and Ky Bush in return. Giolito, who was a 2019 American League All-Star, has exceeded his peripherals — showcased by his 3.79 ERA and a 4.46 FIP.
While his 25.8% strikeout rate still ranks above league average, it has dipped nearly eight percentage points from his best years in the Windy City. The 29-year-old Lopez, who in 2016 came to the White Sox with Giolito in a trade for Adam Eaton, has acclimated nicely to a bullpen role after he was initially in the rotation. His 98.5 mph fastball velocity sits in the 98th percentile this season.
The MLB betting market has already reacted to this trade, along with the Ohtani news. Over at BetMGM Sportsbook, Angels’ World Series odds shrunk from +15000 to +8000. Caesars has the same +8000 price tag available if you’re more inclined to wager at this operator.
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Best Available Angels Futures
Here are the best Angels odds in the market for both the Commissioner’s Trophy () and pennant (). The Tampa Bay Rays remain the betting favorite to win the AL despite their 22-25 record since June 1.
If you’re looking to buy-low on the Angels, regarding single-game markets, you will likely see some appealing odds in the coming days. They’ll head to Toronto this weekend before traveling to Atlanta for a four-game series against the World Series betting favorite.
L.A. is currently four games behind the Blue Jays for the final AL wild-card spot. Per the odds table below, the Angels’ odds to make the postseason are . Additional markets are available to wager on as well.
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