Updated 2019 World Series Odds & Picks – July 10th Edition.

Updated 2019 World Series Odds & Picks – July 10th Edition

Written by on July 10, 2019

As we’ve entered the All-Star Break, it’s time to reflect on the first half of the season and try to predict what will happen in the second half. Many predictions were made prior to the start of the season, and some still look good, while others have fallen on hard times. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that were predicted to be contenders for the World Series crown and some surprise teams according to the latest MLB Odds to win it all.

Updated 2019 World Series Odds & Picks – July 10th Edition

Boston Red Sox

Last year’s World Series champs returned a majority of their team. With injuries and suspension issues with their starting pitching, and some of their hitters not having their typical seasons, the Red Sox find themselves in 3rd place in the American League East. Bullpen issues have also plagued the BoSox. Right now, one of the favorites to return to the Fall Classic, the Red Sox don’t even look like a playoff team.

New York Yankees

The Yankees have the best record in the American League, and this has happened while the Yankees have fought numerous injuries. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Miguel Andujar have missed significant time due to injuries. The Yankee bullpen has been lights out. The Yankees have trotted numerous starting pitchers out this season. With their deep farm system, look for them to try to upgrade the starting staff. This team is a legit World Series contender.

Houston Astros

This team is loaded. With a great starting staff, a bullpen that can hold leads, and one of the premier lineups in the game, this team can make a run at the world title. They have battled some injuries, but when they’re healthy, they are one of the top two teams in the American League.

Minnesota Twins

Someone had to win the AL Central, but nobody predicted that the Twins would be doing what they have done in the first half. Right now, the Twins are on pace to win 102 games. They are also on pace to shatter the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a season. With a bona fide pitching staff, a bashing lineup, and a strong bullpen, the Twins can contend. They’re probably still a couple of pieces away, but who would’ve thought in March that they’d be where they’re at now.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers come into the All-Star Break with the best record in baseball. With lights out starting rotation, pitching depth, strong bullpen, and a lineup led by MVP candidate Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers are primed to win it all this year. They’ve been in the World Series the last two years, but have nothing to show for it. This looks like their year.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have the most talent in the National League Central, but they can’t seem to put it all together. They can’t seem to hit with runners in scoring position and have struggled to get the timely hits that they need. Their starting pitching is aging and has battled some injuries. The bullpen has been a huge issue, as they have been able to hold leads, and have blown numerous save opportunities. Craig Kimbrel was brought in to close, so the Cubs hope that their bullpen problems have been fixed. If the Cubs can go on a hot streak, they can play with anyone. How far they go will depend on their starting pitching.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers were the hottest team in baseball at the end of last season. This year, they haven’t quite taken off. With some struggles with the starting pitching, the Brewers just haven’t been able to put everything together. Christian Yelich is having an elite season. If the Brewers pitching doesn’t improve, they won’t make the playoffs.

Atlanta Braves

The youngsters in Atlanta are playing well. They currently have a six-game lead in the NL East. They have a potent lineup and a strong pitching staff that will benefit from the recently signed Dallas Keuchel. Their bullpen could use some help, and they could add another starting pitcher. This team is young and may need another year, but they’ll be in the thick of things.

Washington Nationals

Just a few weeks ago, this team was talking about trading some of their top performers and rebuilding. What a difference a few days make. The Nationals come into the break winning 29 of their last 40 games, and climbing back into contention. When you have three starting pitchers the caliber of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin, the Nationals have the pitching built for the playoffs. They will need some offensive help, but if they can stay hot, nobody will want to play them in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Phillies

With all of the money that they spent in the offseason on free agents and the upgrades they made through trades, many thought the Phillies would be in World Series contention. Bryce Harper hasn’t lived up to expectations, the bullpen has been riddled with injuries, and other than Aaron Nola, the starting pitching has been mediocre. The Phillies have been a disappointment, and unless some things change, they’ll continue to be a disappointment.