MLB 2019 World Series Betting Futures: Then and Now
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
The 2019 MLB regular season is well past the halfway mark and rounding the bases at third in the race to this year’s playoffs. Expectations were high for all 30 teams back in March, but reality has officially set in for the legitimate contenders and the other teams busy planning ahead for next season leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.
This is also a good time of the year to take a look back at how Intertops online sportsbook’s MLB futures odds to win this season’s World Series have been impacted by the year-to-date results in both the American and National League.
AL World Series Betting Futures-Then and Now
So far, the AL futures have pretty much-gone chalk. There was quite a bit of value betting the favorites before the new season got underway and most of the teams that were at the top of the list remain in place heading into the fourth week of July.
The New York Yankees opened the 2019 MLB regular season as +700 favorites to win a world title. Through their first 99 games, they have lived up to expectations at 64-35 with a commanding nine-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The betting futures that New York does go on to win the World Series are now set at +325 which are second-best on the list.
The Boston Red Sox were +750 second-favorites on the original list, but at 55-46, they are fighting for a wild card spot in the AL. Their updated odds to repeat as world champs are now set at +2500.
The third-favorite on Intertops’ MLB World Series futures back in March was the AL West’s Houston Astros at +800. This is another team living up to expectations at 65-37 through 102 games to post the best record in this league. With a 7.5-game lead over Oakland in that division race, the Astros’ odds to win their second MLB title in three years are set at +350 right behind New York.
Over in the AL Central, Cleveland opened at +1000 odds and they have more than doubled to +2200. They could be a team to watch given their sudden summer surge. The Minnesota Twins have been one of the bigger surprises going from +5000 odds to +1000 odds at 61-38 through 99 games.
NL World Series Betting Futures-Then and Now
The Los Angeles Dodgers came up short in the last two Fall Classics and their betting odds to win that final best-of-seven clash in 2019 were set at +900 in March as the fourth-best team on the list. With the best record in baseball at 67-35 in 102 games played, the Dodgers are at the top of list now as +275 favorites. They should have a clear path to the NLCS and be heavily favored to make a third-straight appearance in the World Series.
The Dodgers’ biggest competition for the NL Pennant could come from the Atlanta Braves as the next-best NL team. The Braves’ odds to win the NL are +375 after the Dodgers as +110 favorites. Atlanta opened at +1600 odds to win the World Series and that number is down to +850.
The race for the NL Central Division title is still a three-team battle with the Chicago Cubs clinging to a tight 1.5-game lead over St. Louis with Milwaukee just two games back. The odds favor the Cubs at +120 to win the division followed by the Cardinals and the Brewers at +225. Chicago came into the season at +1200 odds to win an MLB title and now those odds have slid upward to +1600.
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