The Washington Nationals are now World Series favorites at 6/1 after signing pitcher Max Scherzer, according to sports book Bovada.

By SI Wire
January 19, 2015

The Washington Nationals are World Series favorites at 6/1 odds after signing pitcher Max Scherzer, according to Bovada.

Behind the Nationals are the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8/1. Four teams are listed with 12/1 odds: the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals.

Scherzer's former team, the Detroit Tigers, have the seventh-best World Series odds at 14/1.

According to Bovada, the Angels were the only other team besides the Nationals affected by the Scherzer signing.

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Scherzer, 30, posted a 3.15 ERA with 252 strikeouts and 63 walks over 220 innings with the Detroit Tigers last season. He made his second career All-Star appearance and finished fifth in American League Cy Young Award voting, one year after winning the AL Cy Young.

Scherzer broke into the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded to the Tigers in December 2009. Over his seven MLB seasons, Scherzer is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA, 1,321 strikeouts and 389 walks in 1,239.1 innings.

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