No Lester? No Problem: Red Sox Are Odds-On Favorite to Win American League Pennant

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It looks like some bookies feel better about the local nine’s chances next season than Red Sox Nation does this morning.

With baseball’s winter meetings in the rear view mirror, and Jon Lester all snug in his new Cubs uniform, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2015 season and see which teams are in position to finish on top next October.

The online sportsbook Bovada released updated odds for potential 2015 World Series winners and your Boston Red Sox right now are favored to win the AL pennant at 9/1 odds.

Only the Los Angeles Dodgers — at 15/2 odds — are favored over the Red Sox to win the World Series. The Cubs moved from 50/1 odds on Oct. 30 to 12/1 odds today, read: Lester factor. The Yankees, who were tied with the Red Sox at 22/1 odds at the end of Oct., now sit at 25/1 odds to win it all.

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But who knew Vegas loved Rick Porcello so much?

Bet the Sox brass are wishing these numbers came out before Friday’s Christmas at Fenway ticket event.

Bovada’s full updated futures betting list follows:

Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2
Boston Red Sox 9/1
Washington Nationals 10/1
Chicago Cubs 12/1
Detroit Tigers 12/1
Los Angeles Angels 12/1
San Francisco Giants 14/1
Seattle Mariners 14/1
St. Louis Cardinals 14/1
Baltimore Orioles 18/1
Toronto Blue Jays 18/1
Kansas City Royals 20/1
New York Mets 25/1
New York Yankees 25/1
Atlanta Braves 28/1
Chicago White Sox 28/1
Cleveland Indians 33/1
Miami Marlins 33/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 33/1
Cincinnati Reds 40/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
Oakland Athletics 40/1
San Diego Padres 40/1
Texas Rangers 40/1
Tampa Bay Rays 66/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 75/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1
Houston Astros 150/1
Minnesota Twins 150/1
Philadelphia Phillies 150/1

Back on Oct. 30, with the World Series in the books and Lester’s landing spot in doubt, the Red Sox opened at 22/1 odds to win the World Series.

Bovada’s full list/odds as published on Oct. 30 follows:

Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2
Washington Nationals 15/2
Detroit Tigers 10/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
Kansas City Royals 16/1
Seattle Mariners 18/1
Baltimore Orioles 20/1
Oakland Athletics 20/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1
Atlanta Braves 22/1
Boston Red Sox 22/1
New York Yankees 22/1
Cleveland Indians 25/1
Cincinnati Reds 33/1
Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
Texas Rangers 33/1
Toronto Blue Jays 33/1
Chicago White Sox 40/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
New York Mets 40/1
Chicago Cubs 50/1
Miami Marlins 50/1
San Diego Padres 66/1
Philadelphia Phillies 75/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
Colorado Rockies 100/1
Houston Astros 100/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1

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