American and National League 2019 Pennant Odds Update

  • BetOnline has updated its 2019 AL and NL pennant odds with about a quarter of the MLB season still to play
  • The Astros (+110) have a slight edge over the Yankees (+175) in the American League
  • The Dodgers (-120) are heavy favorites to represent the National League in the World Series

This is the time of year when baseball really becomes fun. With about half of the MLB’s 30 franchises still vying for a postseason berth, the race for October is in full swing.

While anything less than a World Series victory will disappoint fans of powerhouse clubs such as the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers, let’s instead look at BetOnline to find four teams that could sneak into the playoffs and pull off an upset.

 ODDS TO WIN AMERICAN LEAGUE PENNANT

 Team Odds
Houston Astros +110
New York Yankees +175
Cleveland Indians +900
Minnesota Twins +900
Tampa Bay Rays +1400
Boston Red Sox +2000
Oakland Athletics +2500
Texas Rangers +12500
Los Angeles Angels +25000
Chicago White Sox +100000
Seattle Mariners +250000
Baltimore Orioles +500000
Detroit Tigers +500000
Kansas City Royals +500000
Toronto Blue Jays +500000

CLEVELAND INDIANS

The American League is nowhere near as interesting as the senior circuit, but the Indians have certainly made the AL Central intriguing. After an ugly start to the season, Jose Ramirez has been on a tear since June 14, belting 15 of his 19 home runs on the season and 52 of his 73 RBI.

Not so coincidentally, Cleveland has a 39-14 record over that same time frame, pulling into a dead heat with the Twins in the division. With Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Franmil Reyes, and new U.S. citizen Yasiel Puig in the lineup, the Tribe have the firepower to compete with the AL’s big guns.

 ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT

Team Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers -120
Atlanta Braves +600
Chicago Cubs +1000
St. Louis Cardinals +1000
Washington Nationals +1000
Philadelphia Phillies +1400
Milwaukee Brewers +1600
New York Mets +1600
San Francisco Giants +2500
Cincinnati Reds +5000
Arizona Diamondbacks +8000
Colorado Rockies +25000
San Diego Padres +25000
Pittsburgh Pirates +250000
Miami Marlins +500000

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Following their sweep of the Reds, Washington is a season-high 10 games over .500 after starting the year 19-31. Victor Robles is playing Gold Glove-deserving defense in centerfield and 20-year-old phenom Juan Soto is making fans in the nation’s capital forget they ever had Bryce Harper.

With Max Scherzer ready to resume his Cy Young-worthy season, the Nationals’ rotation is a recipe for October upsets, leading the National League in strikeouts and ranking second in ERA, on-base percentage and slugging percentage against.

NEW YORK METS

Similarly, if the latest version of the Miracle Mets can somehow secure a playoff spot, their pitching staff will be nightmare fuel for any opponent.

New York raised more than a few eyebrows when it acquired right-hander Marcus Stroman when they were five games under .500, but after winning 15 of 16 games during a recent stretch, FiveThirtyEight now gives them a 1 in 3 shot of making the postseason.

With rookie Pete Alonso in the midst of one of the greatest years a Mets hitter has ever had and studly starters such as Stroman, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, New York won’t be an easy out in October. They just need to get there first.

Steve Starr

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