Astros’ World Series odds unchanged despite five-game skid

It’s going to take more than a five-game losing streak for oddsmakers to lose faith in the Houston Astros. The club’s odds of winning the 2019 World Series are holding fast at +200 despite their late-season skid. We examine the five reasons why the Astros will be the last team standing at the end of October.

Verlander favored to win AL Cy Young, Cole not far behind

The tightest battle in the American League isn’t between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians; it’s between a pair of teammates. Houston Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are nearly neck-and-neck in the latest 2019 AL Cy Young Award odds available at BetAmerica. The hard-throwing right-handers have been playing a game of top-me-if-you-can all season long, turning in one brilliant performance after another.

Weekend MLB preview: Astros at Cardinals

Two of baseball's hottest teams, the Houston Astros (66-38, won seven of last eight) and St. Louis Cardinals (55-47, won eight of last nine), collide at Busch Stadium for a crucial three-game interleague series that begins Friday night. Here's what bettors should be looking for throughout. Friday, 8:15 p.m. ET Jose Urquidy (1-0, 5.54 ERA) (HOU) -105 / -1.5 runs (+145) / Over 8.5 runs (-120) Jack Flaherty (4-6, 4.24 ERA) (STL) -105 / +1.5 runs (-175) / Under 8.5 [...]

Monday MLB preview: A’s at Astros, Orioles at Diamondbacks

Oakland Athletics (57-43) at Houston Astros (64-37), 8:10 p.m. ET Homer Bailey (8-6, 4.69 ERA) (OAK) +200 / +1.5 runs (EVEN) / Over 9 runs (EVEN) Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.12 ERA) (HOU) -225 / -1.5 runs (-120) / Under 9 runs (-120) MLB free play: Astros runline Homer Bailey will be hard-pressed to replicate his first start with the A's (six innings, two earned runs, seven hits) against the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday night. Having Gerrit Cole [...]

Friday MLB preview: Astros at Rangers, White Sox at A’s

Houston Astros (57-34) at Texas Rangers (49-42), 8:05 p.m. ET Gerrit Cole (9-5, 3.09 ERA) (HOU) -215 / -1.5 runs (-140) / Over 10 runs (-105) Jesse Chavez (3-4, 3.30 ERA) (TEX) +190 / +1.5 runs (+120) / Under 10 runs (-115) MLB free play: Astros runline Gerrit Cole should continue the fine run he's been on as his Astros face Jesse Chavez and the Rangers on Friday night. Cole's ERA over his last seven starts (45 innings) is 1.60. [...]

Thinking about World Series futures at the All-Star break

As we pause to take a deep breath for the MLB All-Star break, here are three World Series future bets to ponder. Houston Astros +375 The Astros once again look like the most complete team in the American League, despite George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa all spending extended periods on the IL this season. Michael Brantley was a great offseason pickup for Houston, as he's played to an .885 OPS. Alex Bregman has been the team leader, though, [...]

Weekend MLB preview: Astros at Yankees

Two of the American League's best teams, the Houston Astros (48-28) and New York Yankees (47-27), will play a weekend series in the Bronx. Here's what bettors should be watching for. Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET Brad Peacock (6-4, 3.67 ERA) (HOU) +135 / +1.5 runs (-155) / Over 9.5 runs (-105) James Paxton (4-3, 3.93 ERA) (NYY) -150 / -1.5 runs (+130) / Under 9.5 runs (-115) MLB free play: Yankees -0.5 runs first five innings (-110) The Yankees have [...]

Monday MLB preview: Astros at Reds, Mets at Braves

Houston Astros (48-24) at Cincinnati Reds (31-38), 7:10 p.m. ET Wade Miley (6-3, 3.14 ERA) (HOU) +110 / +1.5 runs (-200) / Over 8.5 runs (-105) Luis Castillo (6-1, 2.20 ERA) (CIN) -120 / -1.5 runs (+165) / Under 8.5 runs (-115) MLB Free Play: Astros moneyline The Astros' potent lineup should figure out a way to solve Cincinnati's Luis Castillo behind a solid outing from Wade Miley for a rare underdog victory Monday night. Castillo has gone beyond the [...]

Wednesday MLB preview: Diamondbacks at Phillies, Brewers at Astros

Arizona Diamondbacks (35-33) at Philadelphia Phillies (38-29), 7:05 p.m. ET Merrill Kelly (6-6, 4.12 ERA) (ARZ) +125 / +1.5 runs (-175) / Over 9 runs (-115) Zach Eflin (6-5, 2.88 ERA) (PHI) -135 / -1.5 runs (+145) / Under 9 runs (-105) MLB free play: Phillies -0.5 first five innings (EVEN) Based on the home and road splits of the respective starters, the Phillies are a good bet to secure an early lead over the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's series finale [...]

MLB Thursday Preview: Phillies at Cubs, White Sox at Astros

Philadelphia Phillies (28-21) at Chicago Cubs (29-18), 2:20 p.m. ET MLB Free Play: Cubs moneyline Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47 ERA) (PHI) +110 / +1.5 runs (-180) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09 ERA) (CHC) -120 / -1.5 runs (+150) / Under 9.5 runs (-120) The advantage would seem to rest with the home team for Thursday afternoon's series finale. Aaron Nola enters this contest having given up exactly one earned run in four of his last five [...]