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Vegas puts Red Sox as favorites to beat Yankees in ALDS

Alex Reimer
October 04, 2018 - 2:58 pm

It’s understandable if Red Sox fans were quivering when they saw Aaron Judge and the Yankees’ array of right-handed power bats pummel the A’s Wednesday night. But the oddsmakers in Vegas apparently weren’t deterred.

The Red Sox are favorites to advance against the Yankees in the ALDS, coming in at -145. While that’s not a big surprise, considering the Sox won 108 games this season, it speaks to the pressure they’re up against this month. Failing to advance to the ALCS for the third straight year would be a colossal underachievement, and likely lead to pressure being applied to Dave Dombrowski.

This season is the apex for the Red Sox, as crucial members of their core will become free agents for the next four years, beginning with Craig Kimbrel this winter. Their roster likely won’t be this good again for a long time. 

In terms of World Series odds, the Red Sox are second, at 15/4. The defending World Series champion Astros are first at 7/2, and the Yankees check in at 6/1.