When online sportsbook Bovada posted its opening 2019 World Series odds, the defending champion Boston Red Sox sat atop the totem pole at (+700) to repeat. Seven months and more than a dozen losses later, the stumbling Sox have slipped to (+1500) on the updated 2019 World Series odds by virtue of their subpar 17-19 record.
Things could be worse though, as Boston struggled mightily in the regular season’s early going. A 12-4 drubbing on Opening Day marked their first slip up en route to a 2-8 record.
Winners in six of their last eight contests, the Red Sox are slowly reverting to last year’s fine form. That’s when the team stormed to the best overall record in Major League Baseball (MLB) at 108-54. They probably won’t match that pace given the slow start in 2019. Nevertheless, at MLB odds of 15 to 1, Boston is still the eighth-most likely team to win the Fall Classic come October.
The biggest obstacle in their way will be an American League (AL) East that remains among the most competitive divisions in baseball.
The New York Yankees have survived a spate of injuries to key players – including slugging right fielder Aaron Judge and slick-fielding shortstop Didi Gregorius. In fact, the Bronx Bombers are currently thriving. Sporting a 20-14 record, the Yankees have improved their updated 2019 World Series odds from (+800) last October to (+500) with the dog days of summer on the horizon.
That puts the Yankees four full games ahead of their archrivals from Beantown. However, baseball fans in the Big Apple find themselves trailing an unlikely contender in the AL East standings.
Despite entering the season with the lowest payroll in the league ($61.4 million), the Tampa Bay Rays own baseball’s best win percentage with a 22-12 record (.647). To put those numbers in perspective, Boston boasts a league-leading payroll of $225.5 million – and sits six games back of Tampa Bay. Meanwwhile, New York’s spent $208.5 million on its injury-ridden roster.
The underdog Rays opened squarely in the middle of the pack at (+5000) – despite an impressive 90-win season last year. They have since moved to (+1100) for one of the largest leaps forward in the league.
As for the largest improvement in terms of World Series odds, that honor belongs to the upstart San Diego Padres.
After enduring yet another disastrous season at 66-96 last year – the Padres’ eighth consecutive losing campaign – San Diego made the biggest free agency splash of the offseason by signing All-Star infielder Manny Machado.
Joined by can’t miss prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. and fiery emerging ace Chris Paddack, Machado has led the Padres to a 20-16 start. As a result, San Diego has made a major move from (+12500) to (+2200) on winning the franchise’s first World Series title.
Despite the encouraging early run, San Diego occupies third place in the National League (NL) West behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-15) and Los Angeles Dodgers (23-14). In the process, forming the only division in baseball with three 20-win teams thus far.
On the heels of two straight NL pennants – read: World Series losses – the Dodgers opened at (+800) and have held firm at (+500).
As for the D-Backs, losing All-Star contributors like Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, and A.J. Pollock was supposed to signal a rebuilding project. Instead, the Snakes have surprised baseball pundits by excelling in spite of a brutal opening schedule.
To see where your favorite MLB club currently stands in the updated 2019 World Series odds pecking order, along with their opening odds for comparison’s sake, check the table below:
|Team||2019 World Series Odds on 5/7/19||2019 World Series Odds on 10/30/18|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+500||+800|
|New York Yankees||+500||+800|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1100||+1800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1100||+5000|
|Boston Red Sox||+1500||+700|
|San Diego Padres||+2200||+12500|
|New York Mets||+3300||+2500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+10000||+4000|
|San Francisco Giants||+10000||+12500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+12500||+7500|
|Chicago White Sox||+20000||+6500|
|Kansas City Royals||+75000||+25000|