Sports Betting Week: Nationals Sliding on World Series Odds
The Washington Nationals will be looking to bolster their faltering World Series betting odds on Tuesday when they open a three-game series on the road against the Miami Marlins as we take a look at the top betting opportunities of the week.
The Nationals hit the road for six games after dropping three of four to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, and have seen their World Series odds slip to 9/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
It has been a roller coaster campaign for Washington, who opened the season as 6/1 favorites to claim their first World Series title but have seen those odds fluctuate in line with their inconsistent play.
Washington travels to Miami for Tuesday's Nationals vs. Marlins betting matchup at Marlins Park with a one-game lead over the New York Mets in the NL East standings despite going a dismal 3-6 in their last nine contests, and will meet the Mets for a three-game series this weekend with first place in the division potentially on the line.
The Mets ride a two-game winning streak into their series opener at home against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but have also struggled of late, going 4-6 in their last 10 games. That hasn't stopped their climb up the World Series odds where they begin the week at a solid 20/1, up from the 25/1 odds they owned at the start of July.
However, the Mets will need to overcome their recent inability to string wins together against the Nationals if they are to claim the NL East title. Washington took three of four from the Mets in their last visit to Citi Field in early May and are a lopsided 16-6 in their last 22 meetings with New York according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
In UFC action, Ronda Rousey will be looking to extend her record to a perfect 12-0 when she puts her UFC Women's Bantamweight crown on the line at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia as a heavy -1500 favorite in MMA betting at the sportsbooks.
Rousey returns to action for the first time submitting Cat Zingano a mere 14 seconds into the first round of a UFC 184 fight in which she was pegged as a -900 favorite, and also paid off on -120 odds of claiming a first-round victory for the 10th time in her career.
Correia enters the ring as a distant +750 underdog on the UFC betting odds. The 32-year-old Brazilian improved to 9-0 with a second-round TKO of Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, paying as a slim -135 favorite that night.