Updated World Series Odds
With the MLB All-Star Game now in the rearview mirror, which teams are at the top when it comes to current World Series odds? Here's an updated look.
According to oddsmakers, the Houston Astros remain favored to win the World Series at 4/1 odds. Considering the 'Stros have the best run differential at +188 in baseball, those 4/1 odds offer bettors some decent value. The club ranks second in runs scored, third in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage and fifth in slugging. They also own the league's best pitching staff when it comes to earned run average, quality starts, WHIP and batting average against. This is all before they make a move at the deadline.
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The Boston Red Sox have the next-best odds behind the Astros to win the World Series at 21/4. The Yankees are 11/2, followed by the Dodgers at 13/2. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, the Red Sox are projected to win 108 games, five more than the Astros and four more than the Yankees. They're projected to finish with a +237 run differential and have a 17% chance to win the World Series, which still puts them behind the Astros (21%).
As for the Yankees, they need to add starting pitching at the trade deadline but they own one of the most dangerous offenses in the league. If they can find a solid No. 2 to put behind Luis Severino, then they could improve their chances of winning it all. J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays, Tyson Ross of the Padres, and even Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals are all possibilities for the Yankees at the deadline.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are on the verge of acquiring the biggest prize at the trade deadline, Manny Machado. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX reports that Machado will be traded to the Dodgers. This would give L.A. a distinct advantage over any team in the National League, although the Cubs will certainly make a move or two at the deadline to improve their chances as well.
Also in the Mix
The Cubs are 8/1 to win the World Series, followed by the Indians at 10/1 and the Phillies at 15/1. The Nationals, meanwhile, are 22/1 but have major pitching problems, while the Diamondbacks, Braves, Brewers, Giants, and Mariners are all 30/1 respectively, to win the Fall Classic. From there, the odds drop off a cliff, as the Cardinals are 60/1 to win the World Series and the A's are 80/1.