The 2019 MLB betting regular season is coming to a close at online sportsbooks. If you haven’t dabbled in the futures market over the course of the season, you’re likely not going to be getting...
The 2019 MLB betting regular season is coming to a close at online sportsbooks. If you haven’t dabbled in the futures market over the course of the season, you’re likely not going to be getting much of any value on the teams most expect to win it all or at the very least represent their league in the World Series. The most value resides with the teams currently on the outside looking into the playoffs; specifically in the National League. Should one of those lottery tickets make it into the postseason, you’ll have some skin of the game. If not, you we’re probably better off investing in a scratch-off lottery ticket. Regardless, the following are three teams I suggest adding to your MLB betting portfolio right now before the AL and NL play-in games come around.
Odds to Win the 2019 World Series
Houston Astros +265
Los Angeles Dodgers +257
New York Yankees +400
Atlanta Braves +750
St. Louis Cardinals +1450
Minnesota Twins +1600
Washington Nationals +1700
Oakland Athletics +1750
Tampa Bay Rays +2700
Cleveland Indians +2800
Chicago Cubs +3750
Milwaukee Brewers +5500
New York Mets +27500
Philadelphia Phillies +30000
Arizona Diamondbacks +100000
Favorite to Bet: Houston Astros +265
The team with the clearest path to the World Series is A.J. Hinch’s Astros. Houston will have home field advantage throughout having already locked up a postseason bid by becoming the first team to reach the 100-win plateau. It’s likely going to win more than the 103 games it won last season, and will no doubt surpass the 101 wins the team logged when it won the franchise’s first World Series title back in 2017 after ousting the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. From offense to defense to exceptional pitching both in the starting rotation and bullpen, the 2019 Houston Astros have it all! When you have the advantage of being able to throw Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke in the playoffs and back it up with a punishing and unforgiving offense littered with potent sticks, it almost seems unfair. If yet to buy some shares of the Astros in the futures market at top rated sportsbooks to this point, I’d recommend doing so now before any more value is lost once the calendar turns to the month of October.
Underdog to Bet: Minnesota Twins +1600
The Twins have already smashed their 84-game season win total odds. They’re going to end up outlasting the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central pennant due to the Tribe having a much tougher end of season schedule. Minny’s 4-games up at the time of this writing and have matchups against Kansas City and Detroit to close out the year. With that, I can’t state how excited I am to see this team take the field in the postseason - finally some new blood! It’s got arguably the best offense in the league that’s smashed numerous franchise and league records this season. All that firepower is backed up by a formidable pitching staff that’s got both Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi at the top of it. If the bullpen can continue holding its own, there’s no reason not to believe Nelson Cruz and company have a deep run in them come October. This is a team that sits 25 games over .500 on the road (+$2487) for crying out loud!
Longshot to Bet: New York Mets +27500
Hear me out for a second. The Mets currently sit 3-games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card slot in the National League. Pete Alonso and his mates are currently running hot having won two of their last three series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies while dropping a competitive series at home to the Dodgers. The remaining schedule has three games in Cincinnati followed by seven straight at home versus the division rival Marlins and Braves. Atlanta will have likely mailed it in at that point with the NL East pennant all but wrapped. The three teams ahead of them in the wild card standings are the Phillies, Cubs and Brewers. Philadelphia has a hellacious schedule to close the year against Cleveland (3), Washington (5) and the Marlins (3). The Cubs got seven games remaining with NL Central leading St. Louis as well as a series with Pittsburgh, while the Brew Crew got three at home against the Pirates followed by their last six games coming on the road at Cincinnati and Colorado. NY arguably has the easiest path to close the season. With arguably the best starting pitching in the National League, it makes sense to throw some beer money on the “Amazins” just to see if they pull off a miraculous playoff push.