2019 World Series Betting Futures Odds

Date | AuthorAdam Burke

Last Updated: 2019-03-05

2018 world series oddsThe World Series futures market is not a berry patch of opportunity for the 2019 season. One of the many reasons why free agency was so depressing for the guys looking for jobs is that there are a lot of teams that don’t have a chance at lifting baseball’s most prestigious trophy and a lot of teams that “aren’t trying to win”.

Before the season even begins, four of the five spots in the American League playoffs appear to be spoken for already. In the National League, things are quite different, which is where we’ll end up finding most of our value. The Red Sox and Yankees will both make the playoffs in some capacity and the Indians and Astros are heavy favorites to win their respective divisions. That leaves the second Wild Card spot in the AL and that team will go on the road and the Red Sox or Yankees will be at least a -200 favorite in that one-game Wild Card round.

It is really unfortunate to see baseball set up this way once again this season, but there are a lot of American League teams waiting on prospects to graduate to the big leagues before they can make a serious run at glory.

The National League has one clear division winner in the Los Angeles Dodgers, but there are four teams plenty capable of winning the NL East and likely four teams capable of winning the NL Central. The problem is that we’re really hoping to get lucky by picking out the winners of the East and the Central, which is why the futures market doesn’t create a whole lot of opportunity this season.

For the sake of access to all readers, I’ve pulled World Series odds from BetOnline Sportsbook as of March 5, but certainly shop around at your preferred sportsbook to see if the odds are better there.

Here are the 2019 World Series futures odds:

New York Yankees +600
Boston Red Sox +700
Houston Astros +750
Los Angeles Dodgers +800
Philadelphia Phillies +800
Cleveland Indians +1200
Chicago Cubs +1200
St. Louis Cardinals +1400
Washington Nationals +1600
Milwaukee Brewers +1800
Atlanta Braves +1800
New York Mets +2000
Oakland Athletics +2800
Colorado Rockies +3300
Tampa Bay Rays +3300
San Diego Padres +4000
Chicago White Sox +5000
Los Angeles Angels +5000
San Francisco Giants +5000
Minnesota Twins +5000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6600
Cincinnati Reds +6600
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
Seattle Mariners +10000
Texas Rangers +20000
Toronto Blue Jays +20000
Kansas City Royals +25000
Detroit Tigers +50000
Miami Marlins +50000
Baltimore Orioles +50000

Here are three teams to consider from a World Series standpoint and the reasons why:

Cleveland Indians (+1200) – As mentioned, the Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros are all a virtual lock for the playoffs. The Cleveland Indians should be mentioned in that same breath. They are a -400 favorite to win the AL Central, which implies an 80 percent chance that they get into the Division Round.

The Indians aren’t likely to win the World Series. It would be hard to compete with the Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros over a five-game series. However, futures betting is all about getting into a position to guarantee profit. If the Indians win the division, as they are expected to, they will go into the playoffs with a chance for you to hedge your bet. Cashing the 12/1 jackpot probably won’t happen, but securing a profit of three or four units by hedging in the first round will give you a nice net gain for your investment.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+800) – Holding your money for eight months on a +800 ticket is hard to do, but the Dodgers have a lot of potential advantages come playoff time. Because the NL East and the NL Central appear ultra-competitive, and the NL West does not, the likelihood is that the Dodgers will have the best record in the National League. That means that they would host the Wild Card winner in the first round. The Wild Card is at a significant disadvantage by having to burn a quality starting pitcher in that winner-take-all format.

The Dodgers should be a substantial favorite in the NL Division Series against any opponent as a result. The hard part about holding a +800 is that hedging before the World Series will cut into the equity of your bet, so you’ll likely have to hope that the Dodgers can get through the NL Championship Series, but they’ll be favored to do it, likely with home field advantage, and will be facing a team that had a much tougher path through 162 games to get there.

As far as the favorite prices go, the Dodgers are the best value, even with some of their injury concerns.

Washington Nationals (+1600) – The Twins narrowly missed the cut here at +5000 because all it takes is a Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez injury for the AL Central to get a lot more interesting. Minnesota could certainly grab the second Wild Card and pull the upset, which creates some good hedging potential, but the Nationals are a team that I have more confidence in this season.

Washington added Patrick Corbin, so, assuming everybody stays healthy, opposing teams will have to contend with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Corbin in a short series. The Nationals also have the potential to have one of the better offenses in the National League, despite the loss of Bryce Harper. Mike Rizzo tends to be an aggressive GM at the Trade Deadline, so the Nationals should get the reinforcements that they need.

Even though the Phillies are at +800, the Nationals still have the best chance to win the division in my estimation. That would mean a free pass to the NLDS, while others fight it out in the Wild Card Game. That creates some value on Washington.

Bonus Play: Pittsburgh Pirates (+10000) – If you want a Hail Mary shot to root for this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are your team at 100/1. They have the longest odds of any team capable of making the playoffs. The Pirates were 82-79 last season in the face of a lot of position player injuries and will have the new and improved Jameson Taillon for a full season to go along with a full season of Chris Archer and one of the best bullpens in baseball.

The Pirates could very well find themselves in the hunt for the second Wild Card spot, which would allow for immediate hedging of an 80/1 price such as this. They are my favorite long shot play on the board and really the only play north of 25/1 that I could consider making aside from the Twins.

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(901) ST LOUIS @ (902) CHICAGO CUBS | 2:20 pm 9/20/2019

Play Line: ST LOUIS 117
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(929) PHILADELPHIA @ (930) CLEVELAND | 7:10 pm 9/20/2019

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