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.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.