MLB Division Series Odds and Picks

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PUBLISHED: Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
LAST UPDATE: 03:19 pm, Tue, October 1, 2019

MLB Division Series Odds and Picks
The MLB division series begin on Thursday in the National League, as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Wild Card winner, while the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Atlanta Braves.

The MLB division series begin on Thursday in the National League, as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Wild Card winner, while the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Atlanta Braves. The American League gets their series underway on Friday, with the Houston Astros hosting the Wild Card winner, while the Minnesota Twins visit the New York Yankees. Let’s look at the teams, World Series odds and pennant odds, MLB Playoff schedule and MLB picks.

World Series Odds

Houston Astros +204

Los Angeles Dodgers +285

New York Yankees +475

Atlanta Braves +815

Washington Nationals +1475

St. Louis Cardinals +1565

Minnesota Twins +1750

Oakland Athletics +1950

Tampa Bay Rays +2900

Milwaukee Brewers +3000

Odds to Win 2019 NL Pennant

Los Angeles Dodgers -123

Atlanta Braves +365

St. Louis Cardinals +600

Washington Nationals +615

Milwaukee Brewers +1300

Odds to Win AL Pennant

Houston Astros -120

New York Yankees +250

Minnesota Twins +845

Oakland Athletics +870

Tampa Bay Rays +1150

Top Four Contenders

There are a clear top four contenders to win the World Series in the Astros, Dodgers, Yankees and Braves. If one of those four teams does not win the title it would be a major surprise. The Dodgers are favored to win the National League but they might have the toughest Division Series matchup if they end up having to face a Washington Nationals team that features Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon. The Astros are the clear choice in the American League, but they have to deal with either the Yankees or Twins in the ALCS, assuming the Astros get past either the Rays or A’s in the Division Series.

The Braves are the second choice to win the National League, while the Yankees are the second choice to win the American League. Both teams have potent offenses, but each team has some pitching questions.

Darkhorses and Longshots

As I said earlier, if the World Series winner is not the Astros, Dodgers, Yankees or Braves it would be a major surprise. That doesn’t mean another team can’t win the title though. The Nationals have the pitching and an MVP candidate in Rendon to take down any team. The Brewers probably can’t keep their great run going without Christian Yelich, so their chances don’t look good. The Cardinals are the darkhorse that I would consider, as they have everything in place to give the Dodgers a real run for the NL title including one of the best pitchers in the league in Jack Flaherty, and I think they beat the Braves in the NLDS.

In the American League I don’t think any of the darkhorses or longshots are worth taking. The American League is simply the Astros to lose and I don’t even think the Yankees or Twins are going to threaten Houston. I don’t give Oakland or Tampa Bay any real chance.

MLB Division Series Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 3: NLDS Game 1: Brewers/Nationals at L.A. Dodgers, TBS

Thursday, Oct. 3: NLDS Game 1: St. Louis at Atlanta, TBS

Friday, Oct. 4: ALDS Game 1: Rays/A's at Houston, FS1 or MLBN

Friday, Oct. 4: ALDS Game 1: Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, FS1 or MLBN

Friday, Oct. 4: NLDS Game 2: Brewers/Nationals at L.A. Dodgers, TBS

Friday, Oct. 4: NLDS Game 2: St. Louis at Atlanta, TBS

Saturday, Oct. 5: Rays/A's at Houston, FS1 or MLBN

Saturday, Oct. 5: Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, FS1 or MLBN

Sunday, Oct. 6: NLDS Game 3: L.A. Dodgers at Brewers/Nationals, TBS

Sunday, Oct. 6: NLDS Game 3: Atlanta at St. Louis, TBS

Monday, Oct. 7: ALDS Game 3: Houston at Rays/A's, FS1 or MLBN

Monday, Oct. 7: ALDS Game 3: N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, FS1 or MLBN

Monday, Oct. 7: NLDS Game 4 (if necessary): L.A. Dodgers at Brewers/Nationals, TBS

Monday, Oct. 7: NLDS Game 4 (if necessary): Atlanta at St. Louis, TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 8: ALDS Game 4 (if necessary): Houston at Rays/A's, FS1

Tuesday, Oct. 8: ALDS Game 4 (if necessary): N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 9: NLDS Game 5 (if necessary): Brewers/Nationals at L.A. Dodgers, TBS

Wednesday, Oct. 9: NLDS Game 5 (if necessary): St. Louis at Atlanta, TBS

Thursday, Oct. 10: ALDS Game 5 (if necessary): Rays/A's at Houston, FS1

Thursday, Oct. 10: ALDS Game 5 (if necessary): Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, FS1

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