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Odds to Win the 2019 World Series: Red Sox and Astros Open as Co-Favorites

The Boston Red Sox made quick work (Game 3 notwithstanding) of the LA Dodgers to win the 2018 World Series in five games. As soon as the final out was recorded, odds for the 2019 World Series were released by sportsbooks. The Red Sox and the Houston Astros are co-favorites to be the last team standing next October at +700.

Yankees, Dodgers Right Behind

The other two teams that the Red Sox dispatched en route to the Commissioner’s Trophy are just behind the two front-runners at +800. The Dodgers have a lot of questions to answer after a World Series performance that was at a minimum questionable in terms of decision-making and downright maddening if you’re a Dodgers fan.

The Yankees showed some great promise once they got healthy in 2018. One of the most potent lineups in baseball is only going to get stronger through free agency this offseason. The emergence of youngsters Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar plus the superstars like Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge will have New York right in the mix all season.

Injuries have already struck next year’s Yankees, though, as Didi Gregorius has undergone Tommy John surgery. While the rehab won’t take as long as it does for a pitcher, don’t look for Didi to be in the lineup any time before the all-star break if he returns at all.

Any Long Shots Worth Considering?

At first glance, the Tampa Bay Rays at +5000 and the Oakland A’s at +3500 jump out to me as teams that have the foundation to make a run from a severe underdog position in 2019.

Blake Snell is likely going to be a Cy Young winner for the Rays. They say you need to be strong up the middle to have success in baseball and the Rays are as good as anyone up the middle, especially with perennial Gold Glover Kevin Kiermaier in center field. Joey Wendle and Willy Adames were two of the top four hitters on the team after the all-star break.

The addition of Tommy Pham in the outfield with Mallex Smith and Kiermaier helps Tampa round out an impressive lineup. Kevin Cash’s ability to manage the bullpen and his new approach to getting outs are starting to become a trend in the league and led to success as Tampa was one of the best teams in baseball in the second half.

Oakland made it to the wild-card game in 2018 and has a heck of a team out in Alameda County. Khris Davis hit 48 home runs and drove in 123 runs and was insulated by Matt Chapman, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olsen and Jed Lowrie. Fans also fell in love with center-fielder Ramon Laureano, who looks to be a very promising young player.

You can find the full odds list for the 2019 World Series champion below:

2019 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Boston Red Sox+700
Houston Astros+700
New York Yankees+800
Los Angeles Dodgers+800
Chicago Cubs+900
Cleveland Indians+1200
Milwaukee Brewers+1400
Atlanta Braves+1400
Washington Nationals+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+1800
Philadelphia Phillies+2000
New York Mets+2500
Colorado Rockies+3500
Oakland Athletics+3500
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Tampa Bay Rays+5000
Arizona Diamondbacks+6000
Seattle Mariners+6000
Pittsburgh Pirates+6000
Chicago White Sox+6500
Minnesota Twins+7500
Toronto Blue Jays+7500
San Francisco Giants+12500
Texas Rangers+12500
San Diego Padres+12500
Cincinnati Reds+12500
Kansas City Royals+25000
Detroit Tigers+25000
Miami Marlins+25000
Baltimore Orioles+35000

Odds as of October 28 at Bovada

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