Entering the dog days of summer, the postseason picture will only grow clearer as the days wear on. From red-hot clubs like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees to underachieving sleeping giants in the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, there are plenty of teams to keep our eye on during the tail end of the 2019 MLB season. For a World Series futures betting outlook, let’s take a deep dive into the updated midseason World Series betting odds.
*All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook as of 7/10/19
Midseason 2019 World Series Betting Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers
Spring Training Odds: +800
Updated Midseason Odds: +280
Entering the 2019 season tied for the third-best World Series odds, the Dodgers have bumped themselves up to being the odds-on favorites to win it all after a scalding-hot first half. The first team in baseball to 60 wins in 2019, the Dodgers held the best record at the All-Star break at 60-29.
Cody Bellinger has been out of his mind this year and is the betting favorite to win NL MVP (-110) on FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Hyun-Jin Ryu (+160) and Walker Buehler (+1400) are the No. 2 and No. 3 Cy Young favorites respectively. They’ve gone a league-best 37-12 at home and hold the league’s best run differential at +129.
The proud owner of the NL’s best team ERA (3.37) and a top-three run-scoring offense, the Dodgers are tracking toward a remarkable seventh consecutive NL West title. Will the third time be the charm for the Dodgers after back-to-back years of World Series Game 7 heartbreak at home?
New York Yankees
Spring Training Odds: +800
Updated Midseason Odds: +350
Overcoming a slew of injuries to hold the American League’s best record at the All-Star break, these aren’t your typical New York Yankees who have gotten the Bronx Bombers to where they’re at. But make no mistake about it: they’re still the Yankees.
Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu all made the All-Star Game while the Yanks have received admirable contributions from guys like Luke Voit and Gio Urshela. Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman made it five All-Stars in total for the Yankees this year, who have been as deep a team as there is in the AL.
On pace for 105 wins and their first AL East title since 2012, the Yankees hold the top World Series betting odds of any American League team and are a close second to the Dodgers for the best odds overall. Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius are back, and if Giancarlo Stanton can finally get healthy, it’s scary to think that MLB’s third-best offense can still actually get better.
Spring Training Odds: +700
Updated Midseason Odds: +400
The 2017 World Series champions are back at it again in the midst of another red hot season. Rocking the AL’s second-best record at the midway point of the 2019 season, the ‘Stros are projected to be the first team to have three straight 100-win seasons since the Yankees did it from 2002 – 2004. No team has three-peated as AL West champs since the Angels did it from 2007 – 2009, but Houston is more than on its way.
No team boasted more 2019 All-Stars than the Astros (Bregman, Brantley, Springer, Verlander, Cole, Pressly) as this Houston team holds a top-three AL batting average (.269) and the No. 1 batting average against in the AL (.221). They’re the team nobody wants to face when October rolls around, as Houston’s combination of high-contact hitting and outstanding pitching have transformed the franchise into an absolute buzz saw.
Click ahead to Page 2 to see three sleepers to watch out for in the second half.