Sportsbook.com has listed odds for the 2006 World Series just one day after the 2005 championship was decided with the Chicago White Sox's 4-0 series sweep of the Houston Astros. Despite the successful run of both teams, including Chicago's 11-1 post season record, neither team is among the top three favourites to win next year's World Series.
The early bet is New York at 6-1. Despite the fact they have not won the World Series since 2000, the Yankees come into every year as the favourites based on the talent of their roster and the money they are willing to spend to make their team competitive. St. Louis is listed at 7-1 followed by the Boston Red Sox at 8-1. Both the White Sox and Astros come in at 12-1.
'The Yankees have gone through a bit of a dry spell, in spite of their talent. But you look at the roster and they have to be considered the best team on paper,' said Peter Childs, Odds Maker, Sportsbook.com. 'If you're looking for a long shot to back, the last two winners both overcame long standing curses. Will 2006 be the Cubs' year?'
The Cubs are listed at 25-1 to win the 2006 World Series, the same odds as Florida and Minnesota. Other teams of note include the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (12-1), the Los Angeles Dodgers (40-1), the Philadelphia Phillies (25-1) and the New York Mets (30-1). The longest shot of the bunch is Kansas City at 500-1.