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Teams Shaking up the World Series Odds

A number of teams have narrowed their World Series odds considerable from the first day of the season to now, and you would probably be surprised at which two teams have cut those odds the most.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Yes, the Dodgers entered the season as one of the favorites to win the World Series, which would be their first title in 29 years. However, they have shortened those original odds of 10-1 by four-fifths to 2-1. Only one other team has cut its odds by that large of a ratio.

L.A. opened its season with a 15-14 record, losing to the rival San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in 11 innings, on May 3 at Dodger Stadium. That result dropped the team to that mediocre mark and 2-1/2 games out of first place in the NL West as well. However, they went 18-6 over their next 24 contests in taking over sole possession of first place for the initial time on May 30. Although they quickly dropped back to second place, they remained close and took over the NL West’s top spot for good on June 21 and now lead the division by 20 games.

Will Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw be able to lead the Dodgers through the series of sprints that the playoffs are comprised of and to the team’s first World Series title since Kirk Gibson hobbled around the bases in 1988?

Arizona Diamondbacks

The other team to cut its odds by four-fifths is Arizona as the Diamondbacks were 100-1 to win the World Series at the start of the season, and those odds are currently 20-1. Still a long shot for sure, but now with a shout. The reason for that is because the team has exceeded expectations this season in improving upon its 69-93 record a year ago to being 67-56 heading into the final full week of August. The Diamondbacks may be 20 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, but they are looking solid for earning a wild card spot, and just getting into the playoffs is half the battle.

Are Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Zack Greinke going to be able to secure that wild card spot, get the Diamondbacks past that game and then through three playoff series? If they do, it will be Arizona’s second title and first since Luis Gonzalez stunned Mariano Rivera and the Yankees to win game seven of the 2001 Fall Classic in walk-off fashion.

Pick

Between the two teams that have shaken up the World Series odds the most, the Dodgers’ odds are inflated the most. Playoffs in baseball are nothing like in football and basketball. They’re very unpredictable. So, the Dodgers being 12 games ahead of every other team in baseball is not as meaningful as it would be in those other two sports. As a result, Arizona at 20-1 is more likely to be accurate World Series odds than 2-1 for L.A., and a better pick.

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Farewell. Duck Duck Gray Duck going on indefinite hiatus

Duck Duck Gray Duck blog

I started this blog 10 years ago without a clue on how to do it. My first posts are amusing to look at now, all these years later. My motivation in the beginning was to scour the web and bring readers a collection of interesting finds, bizarre stories, funny videos and pictures that would make people feel a bit guilty for laughing. I think I did what I set out to do.

This blog has explored a lot of topics and recently expanded into a podcast with my good childhood friend, Frank Walsh. I have created 4,659 blog posts on Duck Duck Gray Duck that have been viewed and shared by millions across 40-plus countries. This one will be my last for awhile.

I have struggled to find time to keep up with the vast amount of content online and to package it in a way that is unique to all of you. Truthfully, there are so many blogs that do a much better job. The amount of time required to keep this site running up to the standards I impose on myself is not a luxury life is providing me right now. Basically, I am just tired. I need to reset. I want to spend time focusing on some other things that matter and put Duck Duck Gray Duck up on the shelf somewhere.

I would like to thank some of the very first followers of my blog who have stuck with it since the beginning, the more recent evangelists of the podcast and, of course, my beautiful wife for putting up with all the “blog” talk and countless hours I spent on the computer posting away.

If you are a follower of this blog and/or podcast, I hope that you stay connected with the site and social media pages. Although it feels like the end, I never say never. Until we quack again…

JJ Bugs

 

 

 

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The Last Season of America

The Last Season of America

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50 Caliber Handguns

50 Caliber Handguns

Facebook today

Sadly, this happens every day on both sides of every issue. The Shania law stuff did make me laugh though.

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Northern MN bar?

Seriously, where is this place?
Probably a bar up north

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How do you like your toast?

I prefer 4 or 10.

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Chinese Rap I discovered on Napster back in 1997

Bradley-Lum

BRADLEY LUM, the Creator & Voice of the Comical Asian Rap Star “Tai Mai Shu” is still a huge hit on Youtube. He is a Stand-up Comedian/Actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

You can find some real Chinese rap here

Very specific toilet sign

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The new headwear for MLB pitchers

protective helmet caps

ESPN is reporting MLB is set to roll out a new set of protective headwear for pitchers in Spring Training, as 20 pitchers will get a new hybrid helmet cap which was made collaboratively by MLB and the MLB Players Association.

The product is designed to be lighter than the previous incarnations, which drew criticism for how they looked (See Mets pitcher below). The new version is said to resemble visors.

Some protective helmet caps are available for youth baseball too. Check them out here.

[ESPN]

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: Alex Torres #54 of the New York Mets pitches against the New York Mets in the eighth inning on April 26, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Mets 6-4. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)