Who will win the 2019 MLB World Series?
Laying down a futures wager on the World Series winners is almost a given for bettors, whether new or old. The steep plus-money values are simply too good to pass up. Sure, it’s a crapshoot picking the one title winner of a possible 30, but hey, that’s what this guide is for.
World Series Odds
Here’s the top-five teams currently with the best odds to win the 2019 World Series per BetOnline:
- New York Yankees (+700)
- Boston Red Sox (+750)
- Houston Astros (+800)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+850)
- Philadelphia Phillies (+1000)
Don’t be surprised if these odds fluctuate from now until the season starts. Once Bryce Harper and Manny Machado find homes — they have to eventually, right? — the balance of power across the league will shift. For all we know, they might both land with the Phillies. If so, its current +1000 line becomes a bargain price. Now could be your best chance at getting favorable odds with the short list of teams in the Machado-Harper sweepstakes.
World Series Schedule
The 115th edition of the Fall Classic is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 22. If necessary, Game 7 would fall on October 30 (for all the adrenaline junkies, let’s hope this is the case). As usual, FOX will have broadcasting rights — both TV and streaming.
World Series Winners Picks
After evaluating every ball club’s roster right now (again, this is pre-Harper or Machado), these three teams give us the most confidence for 2019 World Series futures consideration:
New York Yankees (+700)
We grappled with which team AL East team to slot in here — Yankees or Red Sox? Or heck, both? But recent history scared us away from reigning champion Boston. As loaded as the Sox are (believe us, they are), no MLB franchise has gone back-to-back since the 99-00 Bronx Bombers. That’s nearly a 20-year stretch, proving just how monstrous of a task a repeat bid truly is.
On to New York. Let’s not forget they won 100 games last year and set the all-time team home run record with 267 dingers — all while Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missed multiple months of the season with injuries. With both stars being just 26 years old, you can most likely expect Judge and Sanchez to return to their old ways. If so, the Yankees will be a scary sight.
It feels like the Yankees are banking on a return to health and internal growth to spur them in 2019. The franchise was surprisingly quiet this offseason. However, you can’t rule out Machado ending up in pinstripes. They’ve been linked since the start of free agency and we all know the “Evil Empire” is not a team to hide its checkbook. Adding Machado into this lineup and the Yankees suddenly have a strong case for one of the most dangerous offenses in league history.
Houston Astros (+800)
2019 feels like a desperation season for the Astros. A year removed from winning their own World Series, Houston’s future, particularly at pitching, is murky.
It’s top two arms, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, are free-agents-to-be at season’s end. This comes after losing former franchise cornerstones on the mound, Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel (there’s a small glimmer of hope he re-signs with the Astros), this offseason. You know what they say about pressure though, it either busts pipes or makes diamonds. We’re betting on the latter.
Even with notable players from its 2017 title run gone, this Houston roster is knee deep. Not only is it a next-man-up approach, but they also signed a few key pieces over the Winter, including a much-needed lefty hitter Michael Brantley, Aledmys Diaz, and more.
But most of all, it’s lineup filled with players barely hitting their prime can hang with the Yankees swing for swing. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, and George Springer are all superstars worth trusting to cash in a futures bet down the line.
St. Louis Cardinals (+1200)
During the 2017-18 offseason, Boston made a giant splash when it added J.D. Martinez to its roster. The move gave the Red Sox the extra push it needed to climb the mountain once again. This past winter, a similar move might’ve been made by St. Louis when they traded for Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona.
“Goldy”, as he’s come to be known, is one of the finest all-around players the MLB has to offer. Twice he’s finished runner-up in MVP voting. He’s also topped at least 33 home runs in three of the past four seasons. Plus, he’s won a coveted Gold Glove on three different occasions.
Goldschmidt feels like the missing puzzle piece for a Cardinals team that racked 88 wins a season ago. The NL Central promises to be the most competitive in all of baseball with the Cubs (+1200) and Brewers (+1400) having strong World Series futures of their own.
However, we have a feeling Goldy will turn out to be the difference-maker. It helps that it’s a contract year for the 31-year-old. With free agency looming in 2020, you have to believe Goldschmidt will be especially motivated to earn a big-bucks contract at season’s end. The Cardinals will be happy to pay it if he delivers a World Series ring.
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