Welcome to October. Beerfest, Halloween and the World Series! Keep reading for the latest 2019 World Series odds, betting favorites, contenders, smart picks and an underdog that could flip the script!
2019 World Series Odds & Picks
- Houston Astros +200
- Los Angeles Dodgers +285
- New York Yankees +380
- Atlanta Braves +1000
- Minnesota Twins +1600
- St. Louis Cardinals +1925
- Washington Nationals +2200
- Tampa Bay Rays +2350
- Oakland Athletics +2800
- Milwaukee Brewers +3750
2019 World Series Betting Favorite: Houston Astros +200
Houston finished the regular season with the best record in baseball. What it means is that the Stros head into the postseason with home-field advantage. That makes Houston an even bigger favorite than the odds indicate. Why?
No team in MLB comes close to the Astros’ starting rotation. Justin Verlander is 21-6 with a 2.85 ERA and a .80 WHIP. Gerrit Cole is 19-5 with a 2.52 ERA and .89 WHIP. Zack Greinke has a 2.93 ERA, an 18-5 record, and a .98 WHIP. Greinke, Cole, and Verlander are all ace pitchers.
The scary part? When any one of those ace pitchers leaves the game, the Astros are in good hands with the top bullpen in MLB based on ERA. Not only that, but the Astros also rank first in team batting average.
All of it adds up to Houston being a super team. But although Stros backers should be giddy, the best team in the regular season doesn’t always take the Fall Classic. Check out two teams that could take down the mighty Astros for the championship.
2019 World Series Betting Smart Pick: Atlanta Braves +900
The Dodgers and Yankees are obvious choices. Both those teams have glaring flaws. For the Dodgers, the defect is in their closer, Kenley Jensen. The Yankees flaw is that outside of Luis Severino, they don’t have a starter that can hang with Houston’s rotation.
Because both the Yanks and Dodgers have issues that could lead to their downfall in the postseason, the smart pick is the Atlanta Braves. The ATL won the NL East this season behind a solid starting rotation led by Mike Soroka. Soroka has a sweet 2.60 ERA. The second ace in the rotation is former Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel’s ERA is 3.75 while Max Fried, third in the rotation, has a decent 4.02 ERA. The Braves bat .258 as a team, ranking ninth in the league. The bullpen has a 4.19 ERA. That ranks eleventh in MLB. If Atlanta’s starters can put their team into a good position to win, the BP should do the rest. The Braves have the best shot of the NL teams of upsetting the Astros and winning the World Series.
2019 World Series Betting Underdog Pick: Oakland Athletics +2000
If you’re looking for a longshot, look no further than the Oakland Athletics. Yes, the Athletics must win their wildcard game against the Tampa Bay Rays. If they can do that, they might have the best shot at upsetting the Houston Astros this postseason.
Oakland’s starters post the sixth-best ERA in MLB. The bullpen ranks seventh in ERA. Oakland bats .250 as a team. The A’s biggest asset? They’re familiar with Houston. If they win on Wednesday and face the Astros in the AL Divisional Playoffs, the A’s have as good of a shot as anyone of knocking off the favorites.