The crack of the bat, the crisp sound of the ball landing in the catcher's mitt is where we are and it all starts now. The 2019 MLB season has arrived and we all want to know where our team stands. You want to know if your team has a chance to win the World Series and/or if they have a shot at the playoffs. Last season was fantastic and although many of the top tier teams come in as the favorite, what teams may be a surprise, what teams have made improvements and what teams will make a run? 

Sports bettors have bet on baseball since the dawn of time and this is certainly no secret. Now that sports betting is legal in all 50 states, bettors are flocking to their online sportsbooks to get their bets in and baseball is a favorite. Baseball is a moneymaker if the cards are played right. The sharpest and wealthiest sports bettors the world overall have a story to tell about making it big with baseball. 

The trick with baseball is finding value on the best teams and following those teams all season long. This power ranking will be based on “against the spread” performance from week to week. This ranking is not a popularity contest or which team has the best lineup or the best rotation. This ranking is about beating the spread. We will base this ranking from week to week on who has a better record against the spread and the team's performance from a betting perspective. In baseball, this usually means that the best teams, with the best records, are the decisively better teams to bet on, however, there are exceptions. Simply because the Orioles are starting out in this ranking in the 30th spot, this does not mean they have no betting value, in a week time, they may have the best betting value in all of baseball! Stay tuned from week to week and know who the best team to bet on really are. We will tell you! 

MLB ATS Trends:

Road Teams: 2-0 100%
Home Teams: 0-2 0.00%
Favorites: 0-2 0.00%
Underdogs: 2-0 100%
Road Favorites: 0-0 0.00%
Road Underdogs: 2-0 100%
Home Favorites: 0-2 0.00%
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Over & Under Trends:

Extra-Inning Games: Overs 0 0.00% Unders 1 100%
Non-Extra-Inning Games: Overs 1 100% Unders 1 0.00%
Total Games: Overs 1 50.00% Unders 1 50.00%

1. Boston Red Sox 

World Series Odds: +600
Preseason Record: 12-17

Everyone is back and that will be the key to the Red Sox success going into this season. Will they win 108 games again? Probably not, however, with a healthy rotation and a fierce starting lineup, this team will battle all season for the top spot in baseball and certainty, the AL East.

2. Houston Astros 

World Series Odds: +600 
Preseason Record: 18-12

Is Altuve healthy? This is the question on everyone’s mind. Will Verlander be his dominant self? Yes, and yes. Both have had stellar showings in the spring and look for this team to win 95+ games.

3. New York Yankees

World Series Odds: +600  
Preseason Record: 17-10 

This team will win between 90-95 games and will prove to be a great bet all-season. They are hitting the lights out and pitching well. Can they win a World Series? The stakes are high, but the competition is fierce. 

4. Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series Odds: +700  
Preseason Record: 15-16

The Dodgers have pitching depth and with the signing of Joe Kelly, they will also have strength in the “bullie,” right where they needed it most last season. Look for this team to reach the high 90’s and dominate a bad NL West.

5. Philadelphia Phillies

World Series Odds: +900  
Preseason Record: 14-14

The Harper effect should be a game changer for this team and it will be. Staying healthy is key but isn’t it for everyone? Look for a league-best “on base percentage” and that equals runs. Runs equal wins!

6. Chicago Cubs

World Series Odds: +1200  
Preseason Record: 19-13

Who doesn’t love the Cubbies? We all do, but are they any good? Yes, they bring back a healthy lineup but a somewhat old rotation. Can they hang around all-season? Look for them early and to fade late.

7. Atlanta Braves

World Series Odds: +1400  
Preseason Record: 16-16

The Braves surprised the world last year by winning the NL East and they will compete once again. The problem is the Phillies and their new-found offense. Look for the Braves to push the “Phils” to October.

8. Cleveland Indians 

World Series Odds: +1400  
Preseason Record: 17-14

Look, the Indians still have Ramirez and Lindor and that’s a lot to have! This team can flat out hit from night-to-night and they will be solid and in every game. They must add to the rotation and a 17-14 spring training record speaks volumes. 

9. Milwaukee Brewers

World Series Odds: +1400  
Preseason Record: 19-14

The Brewers will win more than 86 games so find that total and jump on it. This team is well coached with Counsell and he has the lineup to consistently be on base. The Brew crew must find lightning in a bottle and add to the rotation quickly but remain a solid play.

10. St. Louis Cardinals  

World Series Odds: +1400  
Preseason Record: 12-15

The Cardinals are much improved and it all started with the firing of the beloved skipper, Matheny. The guy had to go, and it has worked. Goldschmidt is the X factor and Carpenter is healthy. Look for 85+ wins.

11. Washington Nationals 

World Series Odds: +1800  
Preseason Record: 17-12

The best 1-3 lineup in baseball will carry them a very long way. Can they recover from the loss of Harper, it’s a big loss but with this rotation, they will be solid and put together a fantastic season, without the man.

12. Colorado Rockies  

World Series Odds: +2200  
Preseason Record: 11-12

The Rockies are the forgotten team in the west but don’t count them out. They pushed the Dodgers to the brink last season and they bring back a solid rotation that will average 12-15 wins per…

13. New York Mets

World Series Odds: +2200  
Preseason Record: 13-16

The Mets may look like a mess, but they’re really pretty good. They can win 90 games! The NL East will not be owned by Atlanta and Philly alone. Can their rotation stay healthy? As with the Cubs, look for quick success.

14. Oakland Athletics

World Series Odds: +2500  
Preseason Record: 13-16

 The A’s are another surprise and they bring a solid rotation but a rocky start in spring training. They have potential, they could be very good and can win the west. Will they win 97 games? Doubtful.

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15. Tampa Bay Rays

World Series Odds: +4000  
Preseason Record: 10-12

The Rays will be middle of the pack but finish with a winning record. Unfortunately, they must battle the Yankees, Red Sox and the Blue Jays for the rights to the AL East.

16. Arizona Diamondbacks

World Series Odds: +5000  
Preseason Record: 10-12

The Diamondbacks will win 80 games, possibly a few more. They will hit a ton of homers and be a high scoring team. Look beyond their spring record. 

17. Los Angeles Angels

World Series Odds: +5000  
Preseason Record: 15-16

They have the best player in baseball with Trout and he is staying put with a cool $400 Mil! Can they win the west? Yes. Will they? Maybe, they are playing with Seattle, Houston, and Oakland. Houston is the problem and the wildcard is a longshot. They probably miss the playoffs until the find a solid ace that can win 20 games. 

18. Minnesota Twins

World Series Odds: +5000  
Preseason Record: 14-13

Nelson Cruz is a big deal but is he enough? No. This team will win 70 plus and be better but not enough this year.

19. San Diego Padres  

World Series Odds: +5000  
Preseason Record: 15-9

The Padres will fight for the wildcard and make a run. Machado will bring much-needed pop to the lineup and a solid rotation will keep this team above .500.

20. Seattle Mariners

World Series Odds: +6600  
Preseason Record: 10-11

The offseason was a disaster but who knows… This team had an ok spring that highlighted young arms. They are already 2-0 after winning two straight over Oakland in Tokyo. They will struggle down the stretch.

21. Chicago White Sox 

World Series Odds: +6600  
Preseason Record: 12-17

From the looks of the spring, this team still fails to fill the bill of what would amount to a “good” team. They struggled and have a ton of injuries. Look for a fourth-place finish, third at best.

22. Pittsburgh Pirates

World Series Odds: +6600  
Preseason Record: 15-15

The Pirates struggled to get on base but with a solid pen, they could stay out of the cellar! They need bats, bad! They have the pitching but not the hitting.

23. Cincinnati Reds

World Series Odds: +7500  
Preseason Record: 8-19

The Reds just might surprise us all, but we are holding out for judgment for the first week. They have amassed a solid rotation in Gray, Wood, and Roark.

24. Toronto Blue Jays

World Series Odds: +8000  
Preseason Record: 14-15

There is simply not enough in this Blue Jays lineup or rotation to give any kind of chance in the AL East. This team may finish with 70 wins, that’s a stretch.

25. San Francisco Giants

World Series Odds: +10000  
Preseason Record: 10-12

The Giants have an uphill battle to fight in the NL West and will be lucky to finish anywhere above the fifth spot. This team is old, and it showed it in the spring.

26. Texas Rangers

World Series Odds: +20000  
Preseason Record: 13-17

 The Rangers have youth and that’s always a good thing, however, they have youth! Their team is unproven and will be lucky to win 70 games. 

27. Kansas City Royals

World Series Odds: +25000  
Preseason Record: 18-12

This team has fallen the furthest, especially considering the held the trophy in 2015. Expect more of the same. They will certainly win more than 58 games! 

28. Detroit Tigers

World Series Odds: +25000  
Preseason Record: 15-15

Maybe, just maybe, they are better than the Royals! Everything is a longshot with the Tigers. They do have Cabrera, that’s their best hope.

29. Miami Marlins 

World Series Odds: +40000  
Preseason Record: 14-10

This team will finish last in the NL East and are entirely in rebuilding mode.

30. Baltimore Orioles

World Series Odds: +50000  
Preseason Record: 12-17

Machado is gone and there went any hope in “B” town. This team will struggle to win 60 games and will definitely finish fifth in the AL East. 

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About the Author

Having lived in several different states I am never quite sure where I should say that I am from! I was born in WA. State. I did not grow up there. My family moved to Idaho when I was a young boy, where we lived for 11 years. As a result of my fathers occupation; I have had the privilage to experience many states and different cultures around the country.

I have lived in WA, OR, CA, ID, CO, KS, NY, MO, TX, FL, IN, NV, AZ, and Hawaii. I have also lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. I have managed to visit or live in, 49 of our great states and travel extensively throughout Central America. My travels have taken me to such places as Sinaloa, Chiapas, Myan ruins in Guatemala, and many, many others.  I believe that I have had the honor to visit every Mexican state.

I am an English teacher by trade and love helping others improve thir lives through education. I have taught for institutions such as The University of Washington (Go Huskies) Berlitz, and a few other international language academies. I have obtained many degrees in the school of hard knocks, by way of old fashioned experience!  Such as driving taxi, working at McDonalds, working for giant retailers as well as giant casinos! A jack of all trades for sure.

I love sports! My passion is sports. I love talking about it, arguing about it, following and keeping up with the current state of affairs. Having lived in many places helps me connect with many different fan bases. As a writer, this is a real advantage to have. I can connect with a Yankees fan, or a Chargers fan.  I love it and I hope to continue to give readers a different perspective than the average, run of the mill story will give them.

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