- Wander Franco is on the MLB’s restricted list and is under investigation with the timetable for his return unknown.
- Tampa Bay Rays ace Shane McClanahan won't pitch again in 2023 after having season-ending elbow surgery on his pitching arm.
- The Tampa Bay Rays are now +850 to win the 2023 World Series and +240 to win the American League East division.
TAMPA BAY, FL – The ongoing investigation of Wander Franco and season-ending surgery to Shane McClanahan resulted in longer odds for Tampa Bay Rays futures. Tampa Bay has +850 odds to win the 2023 World Series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have placed shortstop Wander Franco on the restricted list, which takes him off the roster and is, in most cases, unpaid, an MLB official tells ESPN. The league has launched an investigation into social media posts about Franco from Sunday.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2023
Odds at USA online sportsbooks adjusted to Wander Franco’s removal from the team roster, lengthening their odds from +700 to +850.
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2023 MLB World Series Odds
- Atlanta Braves +290
- Los Angeles Dodgers +300
- Houston Astros +600
- Texas Rangers +600
- Baltimore Orioles +700
- Tampa Bay Rays +850
- Philadelphia Phillies +1800
- Toronto Blue Jays +1800
- Minnesota Twins +2500
- Milwaukee Brewers +3000
Unfortunately for the Rays, they’ll also be without two other key players for a World Series run. According to an ESPN report, starting pitcher Shane McClanahan is out for the season and outfielder Manuel Margot is out for a month.
McClanahan has an 11-2 record with a 3.29 earned run average and 121 strikeouts on the season. Without McClanahan for the rest of the season and Franco out for an unknown amount of time, the Rays odds to win the AL East are falling far behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles.
Betting Odds to Win American League East
- Baltimore Orioles -275
- Tampa Bay Rays +240
- Toronto Blue Jays +1600
- Boston Red Sox +25000
- New York Yankees +25000
The Baltimore Orioles are now a heavy favorite at MLB online sportsbooks to win the AL East with a 3-game divisional lead on the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay’s +240 odds are likely to continue lengthening without their best pitcher and starting shortstop.
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