Favorites to Win the 2019 MLB World Series

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The top team in baseball takes home the World Series Trophy each year.  The table below tracks futures odds on every MLB team to win the upcoming World Series.

As of the latest update, the Houston Astros are the favorites to win it all. They have the best record in baseball, along with the top team WAR by a significant margin. The Dodgers were the favorites to represent the NL for most of the season, but with LA eliminated the Nationals are now the favorites with a slight edge over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Next we’ll look at the projected World Series matchup as suggested by the latest market odds.

MLB Playoffs: Projected Division Winners & Championship Predictions

World Series Projected Matchup & Winner

World Series:  Astros vs Nationals

World Series Champions: Houston Astros

The change column represents how much the odds have improved or decreased since the last update. The Team WAR column shows how each team’s players are performing above the average MLB team. A team’s WAR has been shown to be strongly correlated with their season success.  The final column shows the normalized probability for each team to win the World Series based on the current market odds as provided at BetOnline.

Vegas World Series Odds to Win the 2019 MLB Championship

Team 2019 Record Division Team WAR Odds Change World Series
Astros 107-55 AL West 40.8 +130 +145 39.99%
Yankees 103-59 AL East 32.7 +250 +100 26.28%
Nationals 93-69 NL East 26.0 +400 +1200 18.40%
Cardinals 91-71 NL Central 22.4 +500 +900 15.33%

World Series Futures: Best Bets

In terms of best bets on futures, we are looking at value above all else.  Sometimes favorites are simply too popular to take a flier on, while betting on a longer shot to get hot at the right time and win the World Series is well worth the risk.

Preseason Bets: Boston Red Sox +1150 & Houston Astros +1175

We didn’t go too far out on a limb with our preseason best bets as both the Red Sox and Astros were offering great value early.  Our Boston bet is dead, but our position on the Astros at +1175 looks great as they are currently the favorites at +130.  That’s exactly the kind of payout that would make it worth waiting all season for.

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