- Bovada has updated 2019 World Series odds for all 30 Major League Baseball clubs
- The Astros (+350) are favored to win the World Series with the Dodgers (+375) close behind
- The Twins (+900) have emerged as contenders with a league-leading 106 home runs
The 2019 MLB Draft kicks off this Monday, providing some much-needed hope for fans of the Orioles, Royals, Marlins, and Tigers. Those cellar-dwelling clubs will all pick in the top five.
Before the next generation of prospects flood farm systems across the league, let’s evaluate baseball’s penthouse to see what teams Bovada sees as having the best chance to win the World Series.
2019 World Series Odds
|Teams||2019 World Series Odds at Bovada|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+375|
|New York Yankees||+500|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1000|
|Boston Red Sox||+1200|
|San Diego Padres||+2800|
|New York Mets||+3500|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+3500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+12500|
|San Francisco Giants||+30000|
|Chicago White Sox||+35000|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+75000|
|Kansas City Royals||+200000|
*Odds taken 05/30/19
The AL Favorite: Houston Astros
Houston is baseball’s most complete team. They are currently tied with the Dodgers for the Major League lead in quality starts with 31 and have the lowest bullpen ERA (2.91) – the only team under 3.00.
According to FanGraphs, their team batting line is .275/.349/.488, which means if the entire Astros offense (bench players and all) were a player, they’d be a top-60 hitter in all of baseball.
Astros All-Star SS Carlos Correa says he suffered a rib fracture during a massage at his house ? pic.twitter.com/8EyHnwF0NU
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) May 29, 2019
Third baseman Alex Bregman also just set a club-record with 12 homers in the month of May and has an American League-leading 17. If the ‘Stros stay away from the massage tables from here on out, they could win their second championship in three years.
The NL Favorite: LA Dodgers
Considering the Dodgers have the 22nd ranked bullpen in the majors (4.76 ERA), it’s kind of impressive they hold the National League’s best record (36-19) and are on pace to win 108 games.
The man largely responsible for that success is Cody Bellinger, who was hitting .400 up until last week and doing things that only Babe Ruth did (and I don’t mean smoking cigars and drinking whiskey in the clubhouse).
It’s Seinfeld Night at Dodger Stadium — let’s look at the time the show made fun of L.A. for 2 episodeshttps://t.co/L8YQvZub8f pic.twitter.com/gUnXDtpkOC
— LAist (@LAist) May 29, 2019
The 23-year-old third baseman leads baseball in hitting (.383), on base percentage (.469), slugging (.761), OPS (1.229), total bases (143), runs (48), hits (72), and RBIs (49), and is second only to Christian Yelich in homers (19).
The Fast Riser: Minnesota Twins
About a month ago, the Twins were at 28/1 to win the World Series, but their prodigious power has caught Vegas’ attention.
Since George Herman Ruth came up earlier, I should mention that Minnesota’s current .515 team slugging percentage would be the best in big league history if sustained, ahead of Ruth’s famed 1927 New York Yankees.
The #BombaSquad blasted another club record! ?
56 homers this month. Bombalicious! #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/L3llDgAiVy
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 29, 2019
With six Latino regulars in the lineup, the Bomba Squad’s league-leading home run total (106) is powering the Twinkies to the best record in baseball (37-17). They’re one of baseball’s best stories, but at 9/1 you might have missed the betting window on this one.