The latest 2011 World Series odds were released and here's how the top 3 favorites looked:
- Phillies- 13:4
- Fraud Sawx- 5:1
- New York Yankees- 13:2
Oh, what do you know? Looks like Vegas and the oddsmakers don't share the doom and gloom outlook that many seem to be taking on the 2011 New York Yankees. They must be smart enough to realize what I and a few others have been saying all along, that even without Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee and even with a weak back end of the rotation right now, the Yankees are still one of the best teams in baseball and are not to be taken lightly.
Fact: The Yankees will enter the 2011 seasons with arguably the deepest and most dangerous 1-9 batting order in all of baseball. At it's best, it has 8 All-Star caliber players, 1 on the fringe, and 3 guys who can be legitimate MVP candidates.
Fact: That lineup could get even more deep and more dangerous with the eventual addition of Jesus Montero.
Fact: Regardless of the rest of the rotation, the Yankees still have CC Sabathia, one of the best and most consistent starting pitchers in baseball, as their ace.
Fact: The Yankees will enter the 2011 with arguably the deepest and best bullpen in all of of baseball.
Fact: The Yankees are always at the forefront of the mid-season trade market and will be poised to strike if and when an opportunity presents itself for them to improve their rotation for the playoff stretch.
Vegas is smart enough to figure all this out, and everybody else needs to be too. Lee isn't here and Andy isn't coming back, but there's plenty left to get the job done and get it done well. I'm not an advocate of betting on your own team, but if you've got some money laying around you should think about taking these odds before the season starts and they start going down.