Oddsmakers have responded in kind to the Yankees’ recent play. According to Bovada, they now hold the title of World Series favorites.
The Bombers’ title odds sit at 5-1, having dropped from 9-1 at the beginning of May, when they were three games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. The Astros — who held the shortest odds at the start of the month — are a close second at 11-2, with Boston holding at 13-2.
The change comes after the Yankees started off the month on a tear, winning 10 of their first 12 games in May and 20 of their last 23 in total.
That stretch — along with the high volume of Yankees bets it encouraged — was the catalyst for the odds change.
“When we reopened our odds after the Giancarlo Stanton trade, the New York Yankees were listed as the favorites,” Kevin Bradley, Bovada’s sportsbook manager, told The Post. “They were soon passed by the defending champion Houston Astros as 15.94 percent of all bets were on them and our exposure lead us to move them back to the favorites. Now after a league’s best start by the Yankees, combined with the fact that 19.9 percent of all bets in the last 10 days have been on them, we have moved them back into the favorite spot.”