You might have thought the Tampa Bay Rays were better than last place in the American League East.
You might have thought they were better than next-to-last in the AL.
You might want to place a bet.
The oddsmakers at Bovada currently have the Rays listed at 66-1, down from 33-1 six weeks ago.
Bovada ranks the Chicago Cubs at 6-1, tied with the San Francisco Giants as favorites to win the baseball championship this coming year. The Boston Red Sox are favored in the American League at 9-1.
Other members of the AL East include Toronto (14-1), the Yankees (25-1) and Baltimore (50-1).
The Rays have a relatively set lineup that includes Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr. and Mikie Mahtook in the outfield and a deep pitching staff led by Chris Archer. That doesn’t seem to affect the oddsmakers, however, who see the Rays at the bottom of the division and near the worst of the American League.
This will be the second season for manager Kevin Cash.