It seems like it was just last month or so when the Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Cup yet believe it or not, Spring Training is about to begin and with it, a new baseball season dawns upon us.
The 2019 Spring Training presented by Camping World is slated to begin on February 21st as the Seattle Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona to open the Cactus League. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies will inaugurate the Grapefruit League with a matchup at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Feb. 22. The rest of the 30 teams will make their respective Spring Training debut on February 23rd.
The Mariners and A’s will then officially begin the 2019 MLB regular season with games in Tokyo, Japan on March 20-21, 2019 while the rest of MLB will have March 29, 2019 as their Opening Day. Before the season begins though, let’s take a look at the early baseball betting favorites to win the 2019 World Series.
The Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the 2018 World Series, their fourth World Series win since the turn of the century. Boston finished the regular season with a record of 108-54 to become only the 12th team in MLB history since the 1900s to win at least 108 games.
Since 1969 in the divisional era, only 13 teams have won at least 104 regular season games prior to the Red Sox last season. All 13 teams experienced a decline in performance the following season, from an average of 107.8 wins to 97.5. Fast forward to June 2019 and that historical decline may be the case with the
Red Sox who have moved from being the top baseball betting favorites last February to win it all again this season to just 12th in the August 2019 oddsboard. A month later, the Red Sox have disappeared from the list.
Here are the latest odds to win the 2019 World Series. These odds were taken from TitanBet as of 9/23/19:
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+300|
|New York Yankees||+400|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1400|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1600|
|New York Mets||+7000|
Who Are The Favorites?
The Houston Astros finished with a home record of 60-21. The only other team in the last four decades to win 60 home games during the regular season was the 62-19 New York Yankees in 1998 who went all the way to win the World Series that year. The Astros have wrapped up the AL West title and will need to win five out of their last six games so that the Yankees can no longer catch up with them for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are behind the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees in the race for the best record in the Majors but they can clinch home field advantage in the NL over the Atlanta Braves as early as Tuesday. Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled with an ERA of 9.95 during a four-year stretch but has bounced back with two good outings. On Sunday, Ryu allowed three runs over seven innings against the Rockies.
The New York Yankees continue to chase the Houston Astros and their chase got some good news with the expected return of Edwin Encarnacion from an oblique injury.Also, Luis Severino has 13 strikeouts while pitching 9 scoreless innings in his two games back from the injury list. If Severino can maintain his form he will be a huge addition to the Yankees’ rotation, especially if he can start in Game 2 or 3 of the American League Division Series.
The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East title and are 29-4 in their since August 17, the best record in the Majors over that period. Freddie Freeman didn’t travel to Kansas City to receive treatment for a bone spur in his right elbow. Freeman has been bothered by the elbow and he has not homered since September 1.
The Minnesota Twins have the best road record in the Majors right now at 50-25 but are 46-35 at home. Minnesota ends their season with three games in Detroit and Kansas City and they are looking to close out the AL Central title. They have hit 296 home runs this year, including 40 from Nelson Cruz who recently became the 57th member of MLB’s 400-home run club.
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees are going neck to neck for the best record in baseball. As of 9/22/19, the Astros are just half a game in front of the Yankees. New York is the most prolific scoring team in the league at 923 runs scored but the Astros have the best run difference in the majors at +265. The Dodgers have allowed the fewest runs at -604 while Minnesota’s 906 runs rank next to New York.
When you look at the season, the Astros have been solid at home and good on the road. The Yankees are the best offensive team in the league. If the Astros can gain home field advantage, they will be tough to beat in the playoffs. However, if the Yankees can clinch that, their offense makes them a challenge for any team in the majors. I think this year’s winner will be from the AL. It will be the Astros or the Yankees. Home field advantage is crucial in the playoffs and for me, the team who clinches that is going to win the 2019 World Series. Right now, I like the Yankees who have better betting value at +410. Prediction: New York Yankees