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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The odds are ...

Periodically, the odds-makers at Bovada (, @BovadaLV on Twitter) keep us all updated on the current odds for certain Major League Baseball awards and titles.

Here are the current odds that came out Tuesday, as they relate to the Detroit Tigers:

• The Tigers are still a 13/2 favorite to win the World Series. They're 3/1 favorites to win AL, 1/3 to win AL Central. The Braves (8/1) and Cardinals (8/1) are the next closest challengers to win it all, according to the oddsmaker, followed by the Rangers (17/2) and the Reds, Giants and Nationals (all 12/1).

Texas (4/1) is next in the odds to win the AL pennant, followed by virtually the entire AL East — the Red Sox (7/1), Yankees (8/1), Rays (9/1) and Orioles (10/1).

In the AL Central, the Indians are 4/1, the White Sox 12/1 and the Royals and Twins both 15/1.

• No, Jim Leyland is not the odds-on favorite to be first manager fired. That's Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly (7/4), followed by Angels boss Mike Scioscia (9/4). While 11 managers ARE on that list, Leyland is not one of them. (Kansas City's Ned Yost is surprisingly only 12/1.)

• Defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera has 1/1 odds to repeat, followed by Baltimore's Chris Davis (3/1) and the Angels' Mike Trout (7/1). Prince Fielder is in a four-way tie for seventh at 25/1.

• Four-fifths of the Tigers' rotation is included in the list of potential AL Cy Young winners, led by Justin Verlander (tie-4th, 10/1) and followed by Max Scherzer (tie-6th, 12/1), Anibal Sanchez (tie-9th, 20/1) and Doug Fister (tie-16th, 33/1).


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