Odds And Picks For Who Will Win The 2019 MLB World Series
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Red Sox Favored to Repeat
The Boston Red Sox have been the World Series winners in two of the last six seasons, while the two leagues have split the glory in the Fall Classic in the last 10 championships.
There were three 100-win teams in 2018, all coming from the American League — Boston (108), Houston Astros (103) and New York Yankees (100). This trio looks primed to reach that plateau again this season.
The Milwaukee Brewers led the National League in victories last season with 96. The Chicago Cubs (95), Los Angeles Dodgers (92), Colorado Rockies (91) and Atlanta Braves (90) were also 90-win clubs.
The defending champions are the favorites (+650) to repeat in the World Series Odds this season (odds provided by Bovada). It’s been 19 years since baseball has seen a repeat champion when the Yankees went back-to-back in 1999-2000.
The Astros (+700) and Yankees (+800) are the next top picks, followed by NL powerhouses in the Dodgers (+900) and Cubs (+950).
World Series Odds Explained
It is the 150th season in MLB history with the 162-game regular season scheduled to start on March 20 and end on Sept. 29.
All 30 teams will be in action on the traditional Opening Day on March 28, the earliest openers in baseball history excluding special season openers abroad.
The postseason will begin on Oct. 1. The 2019 World Series schedule is set to start on Oct. 22 with a Game 7 on Oct. 30 if necessary.
Your odds are fixed at the time of your futures bet, but these odds change constantly throughout the season and playoffs depending upon the performance of the teams.
The Red Sox, as the +650 favorites, are still good value on the Bovada betting lines. A bettor would have to wager $100 to earn a $650 profit on the champs ($100 bet + $650 profit = $750 total return).
The Dodgers, who are looking to return to the big stage for the third consecutive year, are listed at +900. That means a bettor would have to wager $100 to earn a $900 profit on L.A. ($100 bet + $900 profit = $1,000 total return).
Top 5 Fall Classic Frontrunners
Teams make their moves throughout the season in the push for the Fall Classic. The division leaders rarely look the same in Spring Training as they do when the postseason begin. Players get hurt, teams make trades, a few players are suspended and free agents are signed.
The two biggest unsigned free agents this season are Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Manny Machado of the Dodgers. Where these two coveted stars land will affect a team’s World Series chances, odds and their spot on this Top 5 list.
• 5. St. Louis Cardinals
+1600 (88-74, third in NL Central)
The Cardinals have missed the playoffs three years in a row, but the addition of all-star infielder Paul Goldschmidt could shift the balance of power in the ultra competitive NL Central. The Cards, who last won the World Series in 2011, already have a deep hitting lineup which includes MVP candidate Matt Carpenter. Mike Shildt’s club also has a young and deep starting rotation. The Brewers and Cubs are still the teams to beat in this division, but the odds on this storied franchise are appealing.
• 4. Houston Astros
+700 (103-59, first in AL West)
The Astros, who won it all for the first time in 2017, have added Michael Brantley to an already powerful lineup which includes all-stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman. The club had the sixth best offense and were ranked first in pitching with a 3.11 season ERA, but the team lost starters Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton to free agency and Lance McCullers to injury. The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners could threaten the Astros for divisional honors this season.
• 3. Los Angeles Dodgers
+900 (92-71, first in NL West)
While the Dodgers have played in the last two World Series, they haven’t won a championship since 1988. L.A. must fix its bullpen woes. This unit struggled in the Fall Classic to shut down the opposition in the late innings. The Dodgers re-signed multiple Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw in the offseason and already possess one of the best hitting lineups in the game, which now includes free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the return of injured shortstop Corey Seager. The Dodgers are the overwhelming favorites to capture their seventh straight division title and make another dramatic run in the playoffs.
• 2. New York Yankees
+800 (100-62, second in AL East)
One of the biggest rivalries in all of sports is ready for liftoff again this season. The Yankees and Red Sox both won 100 games last season, collided in the playoffs, and flat out don’t like each other after decades of intense competition and heartbreak. The Yankees, who have played in the World Series a record 40 times, last won it all in 2009. For the Bronx Bombers to win their 28th World Series title in 2019, they will need much more than just ace Luis Severino in the starting rotation. At this point, they don’t have the pitching to knock off the Red Sox, but their offense, which includes Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, can match the best in the game.
• 1. Boston Red Sox
+650 (108-54, first in AL East)
The Red Sox and Yankees are the two powerhouses of the game. They’re not afraid to spend hundreds of millions to improve their lineups and remain at the top of the sport. Alex Cora made all the right moves in his first year as skipper of the Red Sox, but he surprisingly did not win manager of the year. The Red Sox lost three games in the entire postseason and are the deserving favorites to repeat as champions in 2019. Chris Sale leads a solid starting rotation which includes Rick Porcello and free agent Nathan Eovaldi. AL MVP Mookie Betts leads one of the best lineups in all of baseball, which includes J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts. The time to bet on the Red Sox is now. Their odds will only go down as the regular season rolls on and they rack up the wins.
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