Red Sox and Dodgers are World Series favorites

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Before the post-Wild Card portion of the playoffs officially gets underway in an hour or so here’s a look at the Las Vegas odds on winning the World Series, via Bovada:

Red Sox       3.75-to-1
Dodgers       4.50-to-1
Tigers        4.75-to-1
Cardinals     5.50-to-1
Braves        7.00-to-1
Athletics     7.50-to-1
Rays          8.00-to-1
Pirates      10.00-to-1

I’m a fairly big believer in the playoffs mostly being a bunch of coin-flips, in which case most teams are truly somewhere around 8-to-1 to win the World Series. So probably not a ton of good value to be had in the above odds, which is how these things tend to work, although the Pirates, Rays, and A’s would be fun to take fliers on.

Also: Don’t gamble. It’s bad for you. Seriously.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.