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Odds to Win the 2019 American and National League Pennants

A view of Phillies pennants at sunset during a game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins won 9-3.

America’s favorite pastime is back, and another exciting MLB season is upon us. When it comes to futures odds on which teams will claim the American League and National League pennants, there’s plenty of value available at sportsbooks.

Yankees tabbed as the AL front-runners

On the American League side, the New York Yankees are the +275 favorites to represent the AL in the World Series at BetOnline. The Boston Red Sox (+300), Houston Astros (+350), Cleveland Indians (+600), Oakland Athletics (+1400), Tampa Bay Rays (+1400), Los Angeles Angels (+2000), Minnesota Twins (+2500), Chicago White Sox (+3300) and Seattle Mariners (+3300) highlight the teams at the top of the list.

The Yankees’ excellent regular-season record of 100-62 was forgotten in the wake of a sweep at the hands of the archrival Red Sox in the 2018 ALDS. The Bronx Bombers had a relatively quiet offseason by their standards, with the biggest splash coming in the form of a mid-November trade for Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher James Paxton.

It’s going to be a tight battle for the AL pennant, with the Red Sox, Astros and Indians listed along with the Yankees as the most viable contenders in the eyes of oddsmakers. Here’s a look at the shop’s full list of AL futures odds.

Odds to win the 2019 American League Pennant
New York Yankees+275
Boston Red Sox+300
Houston Astros+350
Cleveland Indians+600
Oakland Athletics+1400
Tampa Bay Rays+1400
Los Angeles Angels+2000
Minnesota Twins+2500
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+3300
Toronto Blue Jays+5000
Detroit Tigers+10000
Kansas City Royals+10000
Texas Rangers+10000
Baltimore Orioles+25000

Odds as of March 27 at BetOnline

Dodgers, Phillies favored to win NL crown

In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are the +450 co-favorites to start the season. The St. Louis Cardinals (+700), Chicago Cubs (+800), Washington Nationals (+800), Milwaukee Brewers (+900), Atlanta Braves (+1000), Colorado Rockies (+1200), New York Mets (+1200) and Arizona Diamondbacks (+2500) round out the top 10.

The Dodgers once again came up short when the stakes were at their highest, this time in a five-game series loss to the Red Sox in the World Series. It’s the sixth straight year L.A. earned a playoff berth without coming away with a championship, and while the Dodgers deserve to have the favorite label in NL futures, it’s hard to trust them at their current +700 price in World Series odds.

The race to be crowned the champion of the NL is significantly tighter than in the AL, as only the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins look to be afterthoughts. Bryce Harper’s decision to stay in the NL East and join the Phillies along with Manny Machado’s move to take his talents to San Diego has made the NL considerably deeper than in past years.

After the Phillies signed Harper, their NL pennant odds dropped from +700 to +450 and their World Series chances improved from +1200 to +800. The addition of the 26-year-old has made the already talented Phillies lineup even deeper, and a trip back to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2009 could be in store in the City of Brotherly Love.

Odds to win the 2019 National League Pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers+450
Philadelphia Phillies+450
St. Louis Cardinals+700
Chicago Cubs+800
Washington Nationals+800
Milwaukee Brewers+900
Atlanta Braves+1000
Colorado Rockies+1200
New York Mets+1200
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
San Diego Padres+2500
Cincinnati Reds+3300
San Francisco Giants+3300
Pittsburgh Pirates+4000
Miami Marlins+25000

Odds as of March 27 at BetOnline