World Series Odds

Enjoyed by many, though not understood by some, sports futures betting continues to gain mainstream acceptance in the wagering world. With proper preseason research, plus keen regular season tracking, Major League Baseball odds to win the World Series can lead to major bankroll building. Here we track the lines and offer betting tips on the MLB Fall Classic race. Let’s play hardball.

World Series Futures 2019

Normally posted shortly after a playoff Champ is crowned – pro sports title betting offers unique wagering options. Below, we have listed the Bet365 2019 MLB World Series Championship futures lines plus prices to claim the American and National League Championship Pennants. Since the numbers change often, we will update this space regularly with Fall Classic odds and advice. Check back anytime, all year long, for updates and betting tips on the Boys of Summer.

Bankers Note: Suggested Selections are 1-Unit Unless Otherwise Specified.

Odds Table Placement: Teams are listed by favorites to win the 2019 MLB World Series.

2019 World Series Opening Odds: 10:00 AM ET on Monday, October 29, 2018.

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Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox who slugged their way to a very impressive 2018 Major League Baseball run that ended with the World Series Championship. The numbers are beyond spectacular as Boston posted a 108-54 regular season record and then cruised to the MLB Pennant with an 11-3 record over three playoff series. The Red Sox postseason run is one of the more impressive in recent memory as Boston outscored the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers by an 84-51 combined count over 14 games.

Less than 24 hours after the 2018 Fall Classic ended, top online MLB focused bookmakers have already posted prices on the 2019 World Series. Usual suspects occupy the top of the board as Boston is overall chalk with a (+550) money line at Bet365. Houston (+600) NY Yankees (+700) LA Dodgers (+750) and Cleveland (+1000) round out the top five. Their seasons seemingly over, long before they even begin, Texas and Detroit at (+20000) Miami and Kansas City at (+25000) and Baltimore (+35000) are longshots.

“Follow Free Agent signings as an indicator of top 2019 World Series contenders”

With the 2018 Fall Classic complete, all players who are eligible are now free agents and teams have until November 2, 2018, to tender their open market players a qualifying offer. One day later (03/11/18) the free agent period begins as all eligible players are free to sign with the club of their choice. While there may be some big moves early – we expect signings will trickle in as free agents have until 12/11/18 to accept or reject the qualifying offers presented to them. After that, major award winners will be announced prior to the December 9-13 MLB winter meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While some teams won’t keep their core pieces together, studs like Clayton Kershaw, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will most likely be on the move, one squad that has many of their futures stars in place is the Atlanta Braves. While they enjoyed a solid 2018 regular season, prior to falling to the Dodgers in the NLDS, the Braves played above expectations in 2018 and many fell 2019 is going to be a banner year for the Braves. Count us in that crowd and, as such, we are placing a one-unit wager on Atlanta who have a (+1400) World Series price at the Bodog sportsbook.

2019 National League Championship Futures

We will be watching but odds to win the 2019 National League Championship have not been released yet. However, based on the MLB World Series opening odds at Bet365, National League contenders are similar to the teams that led the way during the 2018 MLB season. Aiming for a third NL Championship, Los Angeles will likely open as top chalk once the prices are posted. A Dodgers 2019 NLCS win would be the first modern era triple dip, as the St. Louis Cardinals (1942-44) were the last team to 3-Peat.

“Waiting on prices – We are leaning towards Atlanta as 2019 National League Champions”

Listed as sixth through eleventh favorites, to claim the 2019 Fall Classic, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies will all populate the top of NLCS futures board once MLB playoff betting odds are posted. Since line are not available, and we don’t know how the free agency period will play out, we can’t make an NLCS selection at this point. Check back regularly, as we’ll post our thoughts as soon as the numbers are released. 

2019 American League Championship Futures 

Still a long way from February MLB spring training; Boston is aiming to be the first back-to-back AL Champions since Kansas City turned the double in 2014 and 2015. Bet365 bookmakers are foreshadowing that as they have already posted the Red Sox as top 2019 World Series chalk. That’s not surprising at this point as Boston’s core, including Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi, will all be back for another run. Don’t expect much of a drop off from the powerful Red Sox.

“Boston is well positioned to capture back-to-back AL Championship Pennants”

Boston needs to sign some pitchers, as Craig Kimbrel and Nathon Eovaldi need contracts. That could open the door for the Yankees or Astros to overtake Boston, as New York and Houston will both be top ALCS contenders in 2019. Based on pending free agents, the Astros look more likely to move past the Red Sox as Houston’s offence will return intact – though they do need to ink some starting pitchers. New York also has a ton of pitchers that need contracts but their offense will be solid again as well.

LIVE Major League Baseball Betting Lines

Needing to know, to get in on the dough, our Major League Baseball LIVE odds widget is always up to date the latest MLB lines. Furnished by the best bookmakers in the online wagering world, it’s easy to shop for the sharpest prices during the regular season and throughout the race to the World Series. Odds for every North American pro hardball battle, leading up to and during the Fall Classic chase, are updated in real time until the 2018 MLB Champion is crowned.

 

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Major League Baseball Futures Bets Explained

Forecasting how teams will fair over a 162 game MLB regular season can be challenging. That said, if we look at World Series futures bets the same as an in-season match, some valuable information can be gleamed. Like backing a hot point-guard in the NBA, a strong goaltender in the NHL, or a G.O.A.T. quarterback in the NFL, baseball betting should begin with pitching. That includes starters and relievers as studs consistently working strong innings will not get a team very far if the bullpen is always imploding. Scoring is important – pitching wins MLB titles.

Beyond that, a bump that’s stacked with All-Stars isn’t enough if a team can’t push runs across the plate so selecting a squad with solid sticks is also important. From there, looking over the season long schedule, researching the division and league teams play in, plus the projected Win Total prop numbers at respected bookmakers, can help uncover winners. Once the selections are made, head over to a top CSB recommended sportsbook to place your wager quickly and securely. We will back with our MLB Championship futures predictions prior to Opening Day. 

2018 MLB World Series Futures Moves and Picks

2018 National League Futures Moves and Picks

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