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Nats have longest odds to reach World Series

At 75-1, the Nationals have the longest odds in the Majors to reach the World Series, according to Bodog. The team's odds to win the World Series are listed at 150-1, tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the highest in the bigs. That just means your check will be that much larger when you cash it.

This, you might recall, is something of a trend. At this time a year ago, the Nats were 125-1 to win the World Series, ahead only of the Orioles, who were listed at 150-1. Pittsburgh, Baltimore and D.C. apparently constitute the Axis of Baseball Disrespect.

And yet the actual player odds give some reason for hope. A year ago, Adam Dunn's home run total over/under was 34.5; it's now up to 37.5. A year ago, Ryan Zimmerman's home run total over/under was 21.5; it's now up to 33.5.

A year ago, Nyjer Morgan wasn't even on the team; now he's listed with a stolen bases over/under of 39.5.

A year ago, Bodog was providing a 9.5 wins over/under for John Lannan; now, it's Jason Marquis, and the number is 11.5.

Heck, they have Stephen Strasburg's total wins over/under at 9.5, and he's not even starting the season in D.C. If you really want to make some money, you'll take the under on that, right? Unless wins in Altoona are counted.

The top five favorites to win the world Series are the Yankees (3-1), Red Sox (13-2), Phillies (13-2), Cardinals (13-1) and Dodgers (15-1). The bottom six are the Royals, Blue Jays, Padres and Orioles at 100-1, and the Pirates and Nats at 150-1. But the Pirates are listed at 70-1 to win the NL, while the Nats, as mentioned, are 75-1. The Nats odds of winning the NL East are listed at 50-1.

Meantime, the over-under for Nats wins is 70.5, which is actually ahead of Pittsburgh's 69.5 total. Ryan Zimmerman is 20-1 to win the NL MVP (tied for seventh), while Dunn is 75-1. And Strasburg is listed at 100-1 to win the NL Cy Young, highest of any Nats pitcher. Dunn is 20-1 to lead MLB in homers, while Zimmerman is 50-1. And Jim Riggleman is not among the seven managers with odds on most likely to be fired first.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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Comments

The Nats have not the slightest chance of competing for the World Series.

We have talent but good god we do not have the SP to come close.

We also need a LOT MORE RP that is consistent

I think we have the run scoring ability to be decent but we still struggle getting on base against elite pitching

Posted by: Bious | April 1, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

...so your telling me there's a chance...

Posted by: theredskin | April 1, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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