At the time of writing, the current favorite to win the World Series is the Houston Astros. It will be very hard-pressed to say that another team has a better chance of winning the championship. A 3-man rotation of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zack Grienke should be enough to limit the offensive upside of opposing teams. Meanwhile, the Astros bats are loaded too! MVP candidate Alex Bregman is having an amazing season obviously and it’s not like Jose Altuve, George Springer, Michael Brantley, and Carlos Correa are easy outs either. Sitting at +233 (Bovada), the Astros are the odds on favorite. But, hot on the Astros trails is the team that always seems to reach the championship.

The L.A. Dodgers are currently the 2nd most likely team to win according to Bovada as they sit at +275. The Dodgers have their own big-3 when it comes to starting pitchers with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Now with the Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich going down with a knee injury, the Dodgers have the likely NL MVP in Cody Bellinger being the primary guy for a team that has 2 entirely different lineups they can run out on the field depending on which hand the opposing pitcher throws with. The Dodgers are probably the only team in all of baseball that are capable of doing such a thing and still win 100 games. Will we get a rematch of the 2017 World Series?

Not if the Yankees or Braves have anything to say about it! The current 2-seeds for the AL and NL, respectively, are the next 2 teams with the best odds to win the championship (+400 Yankees and +650 Braves). Each of which is just as worthy of being in consideration for a World Series run, especially considering they could each still end up as a 1-seed and get the home-field advantage! Would you be surprised if I said the Yankees have the 3rd-highest payroll in all of baseball? Don’t count out a team that goes out and gets the best players to play for them. As for the Braves, their pitching staff isn’t the greatest but they can sure smash the ball.

The teams that sportsbooks don’t quite believe in fill out the remaining playoff spots. The most surprising number that I see is the Tampa Bay Rays at +2800. The Rays are not supposed to be as good as they are but guess what, they’re here prove that they belong. The Rays payroll is a little over $63,000,000 and that may seem like a lot of money to us normal folks but get this, the 4 favorites have payrolls of the following:


The Rays have the least expensive payroll in all of baseball and they are a 90+ game winning team just like the World Series favorites. The Rays are a sneaky underdog and I believe that they will surprise some people come October. Then again, they’re tied for a wildcard spot with a surging Cleveland team. If you want to see the payrolls for all of the playoff teams, this source is one of the best in all of sports for all things involving contracts.

As of September 20th, Bovada has the World Series odds as follows:

Houston Astros+233
Los Angeles Dodgers+275
New York Yankees+400
Atlanta Braves+650
St. Louis Cardinals+1200
Minnesota Twins+1800
Oakland Athletics+2200
Washington Nationals+2200
Chicago Cubs+2500
Cleveland Indians+2800
Tampa Bay Rays+2800
Milwaukee Brewers+3500

Who do you think will win the World Series in 2019? Are you sticking with one of the 4 favorites or are you a believer in an underdog like the Rays? Maybe it’s time for Cleveland to win so that we can see this movie clip over and over again and have Tom Berenger throw out the first pitch in a game 7. Let me know in the comments below!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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