Red Sox Favored to Win World Series Again – Updated MLB Odds

With all 30 Major League Baseball teams in spring training, the new 2019 season is just over a month away. The reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox are once again favored to repeat with a roster that remained virtually intact from 2018. Boston will face a furious challenge from American League East rival the New York Yankees and from the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros.

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Is there a National League team that could enter the fray? The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the National League West five years in a row. The Dodgers lost some talent in the offseason, but have plenty remaining as they fight to repeat as NL champions. Philadelphia and St. Louis may present obstacles for the Dodgers. Here’s how it all stacks up.

Boston Red Sox 6/1

The Red Sox return the AL MVP in Mookie Betts as well as the fourth-place finisher in J.D. Martinez (.330, 43 HR, 130 RBI). Their pitching staff will remain one of the best in the majors led by Chris Sale (12-4) and David Price (16-7). The Red Sox have all the tools needed to win the AL East for the fourth straight season and capture another World Series.

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New York Yankees 6/1

If the Red Sox do not win the AL East, it will be because of the Yankees. The Yanks won 100 games last season with a lineup – Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to name a few – that hits home runs by the bunches. Luis Severino (19-8) is as good a No. 1 starter as any in MLB and the rest of the rotation – James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia, and J.A. Happ – is strong. If they don’t win the division, the Yankees will surely make the postseason where anything can happen.

Houston Astros 8/1

The Astros have won 100-plus games in two straight seasons and will win the AL West in 2019 again. The division is weak and a lineup that includes Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer will tear it up. Houston lost pitcher Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel is a free agent. Still, the Astros have ace Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole as well as a deep bullpen.

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Los Angeles Dodgers 8/1

The Dodgers have won six straight NL West titles and have the roster to make it seven. The pitching rotation is as good as any with Clayton Kershaw leading the way. The infield might be the best in baseball. Shortstop Corey Seager returns from an injury that cost him most of last season. L.A. did lose most of its outfield, but it shouldn’t matter. They will be right back in the thick of the race for the NL pennant again.

St. Louis Cardinals 14/1

The NL Central is baseball’s toughest division and the Cardinals just may be the team to beat in it this year. St. Louis acquired perennial NL MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason and he could be the guy that shifts the balance of power in the division. Hard to believe, but the Cardinals haven’t been to the postseason since 2015. Pitching might be the only thing holding St. Louis back.

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Los Angeles Angels 33/1

The return of Shohei Ohtani makes the Angels interesting. They have arguably the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and a pretty solid lineup around him. Justin Upton, Zack Cozart, and Andrelton Simmons could make the Angels an interesting pick. The big difference for the Angels in 2019 should be the pitching staff which includes Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill as the No. 1 and No. 2 starters.

San Diego Padres 66/1

The recent addition of All-Star Manny Machado makes the Padres at least a threat in the NL West. The club hasn’t had a winning season since 2010, but their work this offseason just might pay off. San Diego now has an infield that features Machado, 1B Eric Hosmer, and 2B Ian Kinsler. The Padres could also make a play for P Dallas Keuchel which would make the pitching rotation even stronger.

 

Here is the entire list of World Series Winning odds:

Boston Red Sox            6/1

New York Yankees            6/1

Houston Astros            8/1

Los Angeles Dodgers            8/1

Philadelphia Phillies            12/1

Chicago Cubs                        14/1

St. Louis Cardinals            14/1

Atlanta Braves                        16/1

Cleveland Indians            16/1

Milwaukee Brewers            16/1

Washington Nationals            16/1

New York Mets            20/1

Colorado Rockies            25/1

Oakland Athletics            25/1

Chicago White Sox            33/1

Los Angeles Angels            33/1

Tampa Bay Rays            33/1

Cincinnati Reds            50/1

Minnesota Twins            50/1

Seattle Mariners            50/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 66/1

San Diego Padres            66/1

San Francisco Giants            66/1

Pittsburgh Pirates            80/1

Toronto Blue Jays            100/1

Kansas City Royals             150/1

Texas Rangers            150/1

Detroit Tigers                        250/1

Miami Marlins                        250/1

Baltimore Orioles             500/1

 

Article by Rick Bouch

Posted February 20th, 2019

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