Over at Blogging the Bombers, Mark Feinsand has the early odds on 2009. The Yankees are at 6/1 to win the World Series with only the Phillies, Angels, Cubs and Red Sox ahead of them. Imagine how good the Yanks will look with CC Sabathia, Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Willy Tavares on the team too.
It’s interesting to see how the Rays catapulted up the standings. Prior to the season, Vegas was giving anywhere from 150/1 to 100/1 on Tampa’s winning the World Series. While Baseball Prospectus had the upstart team as clear-cut AL East competitors, Vegas was slow to realize that Tampa had a potential worst-to-first team on their hands.
Heading into 2009, the long-shots are as follows:
Kansas City Royals 100/1
Baltimore Orioles 100/1
Seattle Mariners 100/1
San Diego Padres 100/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1
Washington Nationals 300/1
I wouldn’t bet on any of those teams to surprise us next year though.
So now, as we head into Halloween and a Friday night after the World Series, let’s just open this thread up to whatever. Talk baseball; talk 2009; talk life; talk rumors; talk football. Just leave the partisan politics at the door, and if you’re hanging out at home looking for a place to chat, this thread’s your landing spot.