After 162 long and grueling games, the Major League Baseball regular season is over, and the playoff field has been set. With 10 teams set to battle for the rights to get to the World Series, we should see some very good baseball over the next few weeks. Now that we’ve set the field, lets preview each of the playoff teams and their odds to win it all.
Updated 2019 World Series Odds – September 30th Edition
Houston Astros +200The Astros were the best team in baseball this season. They had very few weaknesses, and they are built for a postseason run. With a stacked lineup, and a potential playoff rotation of Justin Verlander, Gerritt Cole, and Zack Greinke, the Astros are gonna be a tough out. The other teams in the field better hope that the Houston bats go cold, and they find a way to score a few runs off of the great Houston staff.
Los Angeles Dodgers +225The Dodgers were the best team in the National League this season. With a tough lineup, and a very good starting rotation, the Dodgers dominated the NL. Cody Bellinger cooled off late in the season, but others stepped up. The Dodgers have a plethora of starting pitching, so that will help in their quest for a world title. The late innings have been a problem for the Dodgers, so they’ll need top effort from Kenley Jansen and company.
New York Yankees +450The Yankees have a loaded lineup. However, their starting staff is a big question mark. The bullpen is full of power arms, and is constructed to carry a team from the fifth inning on. If the Yankees can get good efforts from their starters, and can limit their hitters from striking out a ton of times, the Yankees can challenge for the World Series crown.
Atlanta Braves +900Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the up and coming superstars in the game. He’ll lead the Braves into the postseason. The Braves have a solid lineup. They’ve had bullpen issues, but Mark Melancon has come on at the end of the season to solidify the back end. We’ll probably see Mike Soroka, Dallas Keuchel, and Max Fried for sure. Will the pitching be good enough for them to advance?
St. Louis Cardinals +1400St. Louis played stellar baseball in the second half of the season. They have the hottest pitcher in the game heading into the postseason, as Jack Flaherty has been lights out for the Cardinals in the second half. They’re a veteran team that has plenty of playoff experience. If they can get some timely hitting, and their starters continue to throw well, look out for the Redbirds.
Minnesota Twins +1400The Twins set the MLB record for home runs hit in a season. The long ball carried them to the AL Central title. With some surprising efforts from their starting pitching, and a solid bullpen, the Twins turned themselves into contenders for the AL title. If they can continue their clutch hitting, they’ll be a tough out.
Oakland Athletics +1800The A’s will host Tampa Bay in the Wild Card game. The A’s are kind of an unknown amongst the playoff teams. They really don’t have any superstars, and they were overshadowed in the AL West by the Astros. They have played great baseball in the second half of the season, and they would love to play the spoiler.
Washington Nationals +1800The Washington Nationals have a starting playoff rotation that scares everyone. Max Scherzer will throw in the Wild Card game against the Brewers. If the Nats survive that, they’ll still have Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Pitching tends to carry teams in the postseason, and the Nats have pitching. The bullpen is a big weakness, so they’ll need the starters to carry them as long as they can.
Milwaukee Brewers +2500There wasn’t a hotter team at the end of the season than the Milwaukee Brewers. When Christian Yelich was lost for the season due to injury, many wrote the Brewers off. The Brewers thought otherwise and went on a great run. They were in the race to win the NL Central until the last day. If Milwaukee can get good efforts from their starting pitching, they’ll have a chance. If the starters struggle, so will they.