The Nationals have been installed as +1500 underdogs to repeat as World Series champions in 2020, an unusually high figure for a recent winner. Five MLB clubs—the Astros (+600), Yankees (+600), Dodgers (+700), Braves (+1200) and Red Sox (+1200)—were slapped with lower price tags than the Nats. Oddsmakers appear to be spot-on with their assessment of Washington’s team as a one-year wonder.
Can the Nationals repeat as World Series champions in 2020, or will someone new step up? BetAmerica takes an early look at the Fall Classic futures market.
The Nationals and Astros will face off at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the World Series. Max Scherzer, scratched from Sunday’s Game 5 due to a neck injury, takes the hill for the Nats against struggling ‘Stros starter Zack Greinke.
The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night as they look to wrap up a second World Series title in three years against the Nationals. Washington won’t go down without a fight as they counter with Stephen Strasburg, who has been excellent throughout these playoffs.
The Nationals will go for a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven World Series on Friday night, when they send Anibal Sanchez to the mound against Zack Greinke and the Astros.
The Astros will look to even the World Series when they send Justin Verlander to the hill against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in Game 2 on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Staff aces will square off in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series. Oddsmakers have understandably set a very low total, which sets up an opportunity for Over bettors.
After three rounds of playoffs featuring drama and intrigue, the stage is set for the World Series. The Washington Nationals are seeking their first title, while the Houston Astros can capture their second in three years.
The Astros looked like the more complete team going into the ALCS and should prevail again in Game 5, with one of baseball's best starters, Justin Verlander, on the hill.
Gerrit Cole has been nearly untouchable for the Astros for most of the season, and he'll take the hill in the Bronx on Tuesday afternoon against Luis Severino and the Yankees in a pivotal Game 3 of the ALCS.