It took just five games for the Boston Red Sox to dispatch the Los Angeles Dodgers and win the 2018 World Series, but it seems like online sportsbook Bovada needed only five minutes to post their opening 2019 World Series odds.
Of course, the loaded Sox – a 108-win juggernaut which lost only three games in the entire postseason – lead the way at (+700), but they’re not alone as favorites. Boston is joined by the Houston Astros (+700), the 2017 World Series champs who bowed out in five to the Sox in the ALCS this time around.
Last year, Bovada posted World Series odds during Spring Training and today’s lines closely mirror their counterparts from 2018.
At that time the Dodgers were favorites at (+500), and they’re a close third in this year’s pecking order at (+800). The Astros were next up in 2018, offering bettors a (+550) price on back-to-back titles, so it’s no surprise to see them holding top honors heading into 2019.
Other teams that find themselves in similar spots when it comes to 2019 World Series odds include the New York Yankees (tied for second at +550 in 2018 / tied for third at +800 this year), the Chicago Cubs (fourth at +1000 / third at +900), and the Cleveland Indians (third at +800 / fourth at +1200).
All things considered, this year-to-year parity can be a boon to bettors, but every season sees a few early favorites fall by the wayside.
The Washington Nationals opened at (+800) last year, while the San Francisco Giants (+1800) and St. Louis Cardinals (+2000) were also offering better than 20 to 1 – but all three teams failed to qualify for postseason play.
Predictably, the underachieving Nats (+1800) took a decent dip downward, while the Giants enter a rebuilding phase as massive (+12500) underdogs. And in an interesting line move, the Cardinals had their odds improve slightly to (+1800) going into 2019 – likely an indicator that the market liked the midseason shift at manager from Mike Matheny to Mike Shildt.
St. Louis struggled to a 47-46 record under Matheny, but went 41-28 after Shildt took the reins.
On the other side of the coin, the 2018 playoff field featured upstarts like the Oakland Athletics (+10000) and Atlanta Braves (+10000) climbing out from 100 to 1 against and giving themselves a title opportunity.
Those unexpected results pushed the Braves all the way up to (+1400) on the 2019 World Series odds, while the A’s moved to (+3500).
Other big movers include the Milwaukee Brewers – a surprise N.L. Central champion in 2018 – from (+4000) last year to (+1400), and the Philadelphia Phillies surging from (+10000) to (+2000). Both ballclubs boast talented young rosters freshly seasoned from pennant races, so they’ll be expected to compete for division titles and more next season.
Check the table below to find 2019 World Series odds for every Major League ballclub, from Boston to Baltimore and everybody in between:
2019 World Series Odds @ Bovada
|Team||2019 World Series Odds on 10/30/18|
|Boston Red Sox||+700|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+800|
|New York Yankees||+800|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1800|
|New York Mets||+2500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+4000|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+5000|
|Chicago White Sox||+6500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+7500|
|San Francisco Giants||+12500|
|San Diego Padres||+12500|
|Kansas City Royals||+25000|