The Red Sox suffered a World Series hangover in 2019, failing to reach the postseason with an 84-78 record while finishing 19 games behind the AL East-winning Yankees. They fired GM Dave Dombrowski in September and recently hired highly-regarded Rays executive Chaim Bloom to fill the shoes of “Dealin’ Dave.”
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.
It took 14 years and plenty of heartbreak, but the Washington Nationals have finally won a playoff series. Dave Martinez's scrappy squad has advanced to the NLCS after downing the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings on Wednesday night. Washington's odds of winning the World Series have now improved from +800 a day ago to +350 today.
Oddsmakers are beginning to buy into the Braves. Atlanta’s odds to win the World Series have improved from +800 to +750 after the club clinched its second straight National League East title with a commanding 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
It may only be September 2, but Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros are officially ready for October. The 36-year-old ace had the finest outing of the season on Sunday night as he tossed a no-hitter against the overmatched Toronto Blue Jays. The 120 pitch, 14 strikeout affair was the third no-no of Verlander's career and is the latest evidence yet that he's found a new gear in his 15th season.
The Red Sox are presently 16 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and are saddled with distant +5000 odds to win the 2019 World Series. That's a far cry from the +600 odds they opened with way back in March when many pundits still expected them to steamroll the competition en route to a second consecutive title.
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.
Could we be witnessing the second coming of the Amazin' Mets? Oddsmakers seem to warming up to the idea. New York's 2019 World Series odds have improved from +3625 August 6 to +2250 August 12 after a run of eight straight victories.