World Series Odds Update Before 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

  • Bovada has updated its 2019 World Series odds for all 30 Major League Baseball clubs
  • The Dodgers (+265) and Yankees (+280) remain the favorites before the July 31 trade deadline
  • The Cubs (+1200) and Indians (+1600) are surging while the Rays flail (+3300)

With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline (July 31) just a week away, contenders will soon ship out the usual mixed bag of minor-league prospects for proven big-league talent and bullpen arms.

While the impending deals will cause the World Series chances of buyers and sellers to surge and sour, there have already been wild swings in the odds since we last checked in at the All-Star break. Let’s examine the recent risers and fallers at Bovada.

2019 World Series Odds

MLB Team Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers +265
New York Yankees +280
Houston Astros +400
Atlanta Braves +900
Chicago Cubs +1200
Minnesota Twins +1400
Cleveland Indians +1600
St. Louis Cardinals +2000
Milwaukee Brewers +2500
Oakland Athletics +2500
Washington Nationals +2500
Boston Red Sox +2800
Philadelphia Phillies +2800
Tampa Bay Rays +3300
San Francisco Giants +4000
Los Angeles Angels +6600
Arizona Diamondbacks +7500
Texas Rangers +8000
Cincinnati Reds +10000
San Diego Padres +10000
Colorado Rockies +15000
New York Mets +15000
Pittsburgh Pirates +17500
Chicago White Sox +50000
Baltimore Orioles +400000
Detroit Tigers +400000
Kansas City Royals +400000
Miami Marlins +400000
Seattle Mariners +400000
Toronto Blue Jays +400000

Cleveland Indians

After cutting the Twins 11.5-game lead in the AL Central down to just three games, the Indians’ odds have jumped from 35-1 to 16-1 since the mid-summer classic.

In fact, this whole win streak unfolded much like the movie Major League. Management would’ve preferred the team to lose and make their Trevor Bauer decision easier, but the players just kept racking up wins while removing articles of clothing from a nude cardboard cutout of owner Paul Dolan (that last part is unconfirmed).

It’s tough for Cleveland to trade their ace while in the race, but Bauer’s a free agent after the 2020 season and as one of the top starters available at the deadline, his value will never be higher.

Chicago Cubs

Moving from 20-1 to 12-1 in just two weeks, the Cubs won seven of eight games after the All-Star break and are traditionally a second-half juggernaut under manager Joe Maddon.

Currently leading the NL Central, Chicago has been linked to both Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and reliever Shane Green at the deadline.

Given they just blew their 17th save in 41 chances on Monday to the Giantsa club that has won 15 of 18 games to raise their World Series odds from 150-1 to 40-1 the Cubs should probably prioritize their bullpen.

Tampa Bay Rays

While still squarely in contention for the second wild card spot, the Rays recently suffered through a five-game losing streak and barely resemble the club that started the season on a 14-5 run.

Everything started going downhill when starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (and his dazzling 1.27 ERA) went down in mid-May. Things snowballed from there and Tampa Bay is actually under .500 since June 11.

Traditionally a small-market seller at the deadline, the Rays could parlay their stocked farm system into a starter, closer and/or right-handed hitter. However, with a payroll $75 million south of the MLB average, don’t expect them to take too big of a swing at the deadline.

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