Updated 2019 World Series Odds – August 16th Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 16, 2019 in

It’s mid-August, and the playoff races are heating up. With both leagues being very balanced this year, there are still a lot of teams in the playoff races. The Wild Cards will be as highly contested as they’ve ever been, and we could see some playoff spots decided on the last day of the season. Let’s take an in-depth look at four teams with the best2019 World Series odds, and then preview some of the other top contenders to represent the American and National Leagues in the Fall Classic.

Updated 2019 World Series Odds – August 16th Edition

Houston Astros: 2/1

They’re running away with the American League West. With the emergence of Yordan Alvarez, and Yuli Gurriel have a monster second half, the offense is clicking on all cylinders. Factor in Alex Bregman having a great year, and Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve now back at full strength, and you have a phenomenal offense.

With the acquisition of Zack Greinke, the Astros could trot Justin Verlander, Gerritt Cole, and Greinke to the mound in a playoff series. Add in a superb bullpen, and you have a recipe for a World Series title.

Los Angeles Dodgers: 5/2

With the best record in the National League, the Dodger look like a World Series team. Led by the offensive production of Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers have been putting up a ton of runs.

The pitching staff has been lights out. Cy Young award candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu leads the staff. Clayton Kershaw has regained his form, and Walker Buehler looks like a future ace.

The one weakness that the Dodgers have is their bullpen. They have struggled to hold leads. Kenley Jansen hasn’t been as dominant as he has been in the past.

If the Dodgers can find a way to hold onto leads, they’ll be playing late into the season.

New York Yankees: 6/1

Despite all of the injuries that they have had, the Yankees keep on plugging away. They have lost numerous starters to injuries this season, but they continue to lead the American League East.

Once they get their offense healthy, they have one of the top hitting teams in MLB. Even without Giancarlo Stanton, Edwin Encarnacion, Luke Voit, and others, they have still figured out a way to score a ton of runs.

Their starting pitching has been their main weakness. They’re anticipating the return of Luis Severino soon, so that will help. With a rotation of Domingo German, JA Happ, James Paxton, and others, they haven’t overpowered teams, but they’ve figured out a way to win.

The bullpen has arms that will overpower their opponent’s offense. If the Yankees can shorten the game, they have the bullpen to close things out.

Look for a deep run from the Bronx Bombers.

Atlanta Braves: 10/1

Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the league’s brightest young stars, and he’s leading the Braves into World Series contention. Along with Josh Donaldson, Acuna and the Braves offense has been scoring plenty of runs.

As for the pitching staff, they have a talented blend of veterans and youngsters with Julio Teheran and Dallas Keuchel being the veterans, and a young group led by Mike Soroka and Max Fried.

The Braves have yet to find a closer, and their bullpen has had plenty of issues. If they can get the bullpen figured out, they can make a run at the Fall Classic.

Now let’s take a look at some of the other top contenders.

Chicago Cubs: 16/1

Until they figure out how to win on the road, hit with runners in scoring position, figure out their bullpen issues, and how to get the most out of their aging starting rotation, the Cubs probably won’t make it to the Fall Classic. If they can get these issues straightened out, they can play with anyone.

Cleveland Indians: 16/1

The Indians have been on fire. Their offense has been putting up runs, and their young hurlers have been shutting teams down. They could get Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber back soon.

This team could ride their momentum into a World Series appearance.

Tampa Bay Rays: 25/1

This team of “no names” has a great shot at winning a wild card spot. If people overlook them, they could play spoiler.

St. Louis Cardinals: 30/1

John Mozeliak, their general manager, didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline. They needed to upgrade their starting rotation, and didn’t. This could come back to haunt them.

New York Mets: 30/1

Who would want to face Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Marcus Stroman in a playoff series? Their bullpen could keep them from being a true contender.

Washington Nationals: 40/1

Much like the Mets, they could trot out three stud starters in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. Once again, another team with bullpen issues.