Another way to look at the Melky-gone-bad factor: Vegas odds shift to Dodgers’ favor

From the numbers provided by the online better service Bovada, the Dodgers’ chances of winning the NL West have improved from 11/10 to 2/3 after the announcement Wednesday that San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera must serve a 50-game suspension for elevated levels of tesosterone.

The Giants, meanwhile, went from the same 11/10 to 5/4.

Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley adds that the Dodgers’ World Series chances also improved from 14-1 to 9-1, while the Giants went from 12-1 to 15-1.

“Once the news came out about Melky, an instant move by the bettors towards the (Washington) Nationals was made with constant money pouring in on the Nats,” said Bradley, “but a position player can only affect the line so much. We moved about 5 cents from -120 to -125. The next few games will give us a better understanding of how much he really meant to the Giants.”

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