Last Updated: 2019-09-30
The playoff teams have been decided and the wild card match-ups have been set, as the regular season has come to a close, so time to check the most recent World Series odds heading into the postseason. There was no change at the top, as the Houston Astros remained +200 to win it all and it’s hard to find fault with anybody who likes Houston, and I say this as a life-long Dodger fan.
The one-two punch of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole is about as tough as it gets in the big leagues and the Astros can still bring out Zack Greinke as their No. 3 pitcher and Wade Miley is solid as a No. 4 starter and it’s doubtful teams will go any more than four deep in their rotation in the postseason.
The Dodgers moved from +280 to +285 and Clayton Kershaw’s October struggles are well-documented, although it’s not quite as bad as some believe. The Dodgers are 16-12 with Kershaw on the mound in October, allowing 3.71 runs per game. For his career, LA allows 3.04 runs per start, so there is a bit of a drop-off, but the quality of competition also increases. No more games against the Miami Marlins or San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers will likely go with Ryu, Buehler and Rich Hill to round out the starting four.
The Yankees don’t have the arms of the top team teams, but they did league the majors in runs, with the Twins being a similar team and they were a close second to the Yanks in offense.
The Braves have a few decent arms, but will need somebody like Max Fried or Julio Teheran to step up in the playoffs, with Soroka and Keuchel the top two starters.
The Cardinals have above-average starters, but lack a true ace, while the Nationals are pretty well set with Scherzer and Strasburg and Patrick Corbin at the top of their rotation and Sanchez is likely No. 4.
The Rays have solid pitching and will likely send Charlie Morton to the mound at Oakland, while the A’s can go with either Anderson or Mike Fiers in the wild card game, although Frankie Montas was their best starter this season stat-wise.
The Brewers have a tough draw in the wild card game, with Brandon Woodruff getting the start against Scherzer, so no surprise to see them at the bottom of the list.
We’ll look at the odds from 5Dimes as always, it’s definitely worth your while to shop around for futures odds, as you’ll find bigger differences in those types of wagers than you will on the daily spreads and totals. These are the current odds as of Sept. 30, 2019:
Odds to Win the 2019 World Series
|Los Angeles Dodgers
|New York Yankees
|St. Louis Cardinals
|Tampa Bay Rays
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