Updated World Series Odds
With the All-Star Break almost in the rearview mirror, enough of the season has played out to get a good gauge on the favorites to win the World Series. Here's a look at the best bets to win the championship.
According to oddsmakers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the World Series at 13/4. The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are both listed at 4/1, while the surprising Minnesota Twins are set at 10/1. The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves both have 15/1 odds. A full list of teams can be found at our MLB Future Odds Page, such as if you want to place a wager on the biggest longshots at 5000/1 - the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. The Baltimore Orioles are off the board.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are favorites for good reason, starting with a rotation that includes a pair of All-Stars in Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw. Second-year standout Walker Buehler has pitched well much of the season, while Rich Hill is expected back from the injured list in September. A strong bullpen bridges the gap to closer Kenley Jansen, who has been a bit home run prone this season but still has an oustanding strikeout ratio and WHIP. Los Angeles also boasts the deepest team in baseball as they have interchangeable parts at every position, highlighted in part by All-Stars Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. The Dodgers will be even deeper after the All-Star Break with the returns from injury of shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Houston has arguably the best team in the American League when fully healthy and are only two years removed from winning a World Series. The Astros boast a powerful offense led by George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and rookie Yordan Alvarez with the upcoming return from injury of Carlos Correa further boosting the cause. The starting rotation is led by All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole with no real weakness amongst its starting rotation. The bullpen has been good enough to help pave the way to a 7.5-game lead in the AL West.
New York has enjoyed a very strong first half and has the most fearsome collection of power hitters in baseball, which got even more stacked last month with the addition of Edwin Encarnacion. The Yankees will add even more power to their lineup in August with the impending return from injury of Giancarlo Stanton. As for the starting pitching, Masahiro Tanaka was an All-Star this season and Domingo German is healthy again to give NY a solid one-two punch. There are also rumors of a potential trade with San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman and New York Mets veteran Zack Wheeler all being options. The bullpen has been good all season with All-Star Aroldis Chapman leading the way.
There is a bit of a dropoff in odds to where the Twins, Braves and Cubs stack up but once a team qualifies for the postseason it is basically a crapshoot. Even a Wild Card has a good shot at winning the World Series as long as they get past that first game. The unpredictability of the MLB playoffs is what makes October baseball such an event for fans and bettors alike. While the Dodgers are the favorites, there are good arguments for a number of teams still in the postseason mix. Best of luck with all your future wagers.