The Road to the 2019 World Series – Updated MLB Odds
It was just one free agent signing, but it provided a ton of movement in the latest odds to capture the 2019 World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies won out in the Bryce Harper free agent race and Harper’s signing has made a major impact on the favorites to win this year’s World Series. Nowhere was that impact more evident than in the National League where Harper’s new team resides. Here’s a look at the latest updated MLB odds.
Before we get into the latest odds, take a look at the MLB odds from February 20th, Red Sox Favored to Win World Series Again – Updated MLB Odds.
Can Boston Repeat?
The Red Sox have what is the best pitching rotation in baseball – even No. 5 starter Eduardo Rodriguez went 13-5 last year – the returning AL MVP in Mookie Betts, and MLB’s RBI leader in J.D. Martinez. Boston is deep, talented, and experienced. Their only problem is their division rival, the New York Yankees.
The Yankees sport an interesting collection of long-ball hitters. New York led the majors last season in home runs with 267, a full 32 more than their nearest competition. Giancarlo Stanton hit 38 and Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge each hit 27.
Young shortstop sensation Gleyber Torres hit 24 homers and catcher Gary Sanchez hit 18 while playing in just 89 games due to injury. The Yankees ability to hit homers and produce runs is a big reason they have moved ahead of Boston (7/1) as a 6/1 favorite to win it all.
With Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract signed, the Phillies have moved up a few notches from 12/1 to 10/1. A year ago, the Phillies finished dead last in the majors as a team in batting average (.234). They were just 22nd in runs scored (677). Harper, who didn’t hit all that well to start last season, did hit over .300 after the All-Star Break and finished with 34 homers and 100 RBIs.
Harper should make the Phillies offense even better. Young phenom Rhys Hoskins hit 34 homers in 2018. Odubel Herrera is a career .279 hitter and had 22 homers last year, and veteran Andrew McCutchen (.255, 20 HR, 65 RBI) still has a few good years left in him. Philadelphia should challenge Atlanta for NL East supremacy.
Don’t Forget Washington
The Nationals lose one of the best players in baseball and one would think their chances of winning the 2019 World Series would plummet. That’s not the case as even after Harper’s signing with Philadelphia the Nationals remain at 16/1 to win it all.
Washington was active in free agency preparing for what was the inevitable in losing Harper. The Nationals signed Anibal Sanchez from Atlanta, Matt Adams from St. Louis, and left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin who went 11-7 in Arizona last season.
Manny & The Padres
San Diego’s signing of Manny Machado increased the Padres’ odds of capturing the franchise’s first-ever World Series. The fact that the Padres have the best young talent in MLB is why San Diego’s odds continue to move.
In roughly two weeks’ time, the Padres have gone from 66/1 to 55/1. As 20-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to amaze in spring training, the Padres’ odds could continue to move.
Losing out to Philadelphia in the Harper sweepstakes may have ruined San Francisco’s 2019 season. The Giants are now stuck with a lineup that simply doesn’t produce enough runs. Last year, the Giants were 29th in the majors in runs scored and returns virtually the same lineup. San Francisco was 25th in batting average and 29th in home runs. The Giants top home run hitter was Evan Longoria who hit just 16.
Without Harper around to make the Giants better, it’s more likely San Francisco finishes with a losing record for the third straight season. The Giants’ odds to win the World Series have moved from 66/1 to 70/1 now that Harper is a member of the Phillies.
Here’s a look at the latest updated odds to win the 2019 World Series:
New York Yankees 6/1
Boston Red Sox 7/1
Houston Astros 7/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 8/1
Chicago Cubs 10/1
Philadelphia Phillies 10/1
Cleveland Indians 12/1
St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
Atlanta Braves 16/1
Washington Nationals 16/1
Milwaukee Brewers 18/1
New York Mets 20/1
Oakland Athletics 30/1
Tampa Bay Rays 30/1
Colorado Rockies 40/1
Minnesota Twins 50/1
San Diego Padres 55/1
Chicago White Sox 60/1
Los Angeles Angels 60/1
Cincinnati Reds 70/1
San Francisco Giants 70/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 200/1
Seattle Mariners 250/1
Texas Rangers 350/1
Toronto Blue Jays 350/1
Kansas City Royals 500/1
Baltimore Orioles 1000/1
Detroit Tigers 1000/1
Miami Marlins 1000/1
Article by Rick Bouch
Posted March 1st, 2019
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