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Arizona Diamondbacks: Odds improving for success

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The odds of Paul Goldschmidt winning the MVP are 5-1. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)
The odds of Paul Goldschmidt winning the MVP are 5-1. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) /
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are improving odds for success.

Here in early June, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the surprising teams. While the Houston Astros seen to be the real eye-opener, the Diamondbacks have maintained leverage in the National League West division.

As a result of starter Zack Grienke defeating the Miami Marlins Thursday night 3-2 in Marlins Park, the Diamondbacks are 12 games over .500 and tied with the Colorado Rockies for first place in the division. All of which has boosted the Diamondbacks’ stock, but the team remains but a small blimp on the national radar screen.

While the Diamondbacks may not much love these days from a national perspective, the odd-makers in Nevada seem to jump on the Arizona band wagon. In odds produced by bovada.lv, an on-line gaming site out of Las Vegas, the Diamondbacks’ rate for success continue to rise.

At the start of the season, bovada gave the Diamondbacks odds of 25-1 to win the World Series. After two months of play, the odds are only slightly higher at 22-1.

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The odds to win the National League pennant are better. At the start of the season, bovada gave the Diamondbacks a 14-1 chance to win the pennant, and now those odds are 11-1.

To win the National League West Division title, the Diamondbacks, according to bovada, were 4-1 at the start of the season. Now, they are 11-2. In competition, the Los Angeles Dodgers, at the start of the season and according to bovada, were 5-7 to win the division and now, they are 1-2. The Colorado Rockies, at the start of the season, were 5-2 and now 9-4.

In the National League MVP positioning, Paul Goldschmidt was 25-1 to win the award at the start of the season, and now he is 5-1. However, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is now a 1-1 choice to win the NL MVP. Harper started the season as a 3-1 favorite.

For the NL Cy Young Award, Greinke was listed at 33-1 at the start of the season. According to bovada, he remains at 33-1. Left-hander Robbie Ray was listed as “off the board” at the start of the season. Now, the native of Brentwood, Tenn. has the same odds as Greinke at 33-1.

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The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw remains the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award. At the start of the season, his odds were 5-2 and now, he is listed at 4-5. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals is right behind. At the start of the season, the former Diamondback was listed at 3-1, and now Scherzer has odds of 5-4.

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