MLB Odds 2019

The 2019 MLB season is just a few weeks away, and you can get ahead of the curve by betting on your favorite to win it all before the season even starts. We’ll highlight a few teams to consider and also look at a few team win totals.

Here is an early look at the sports betting lines to consider at DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook for Futures bets.

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MLB Season World Series Winner Futures Odds

In light of Bryce Harper signing with the Phillies (reportedly for $330 million over 13 years), here is a list of updated odds to win the 2019 World Series on DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook, BetStars NJ, and 888Sports.com.

FanDuel Sportsbook is already offering prop specials on Harper to go Over or Under 32.5 home runs and giving +320 odds on him slugging a dinger on Opening Day.

DraftKings Sportsbook

World Series Winner Odds

  • Yankees (+600)
  • Red Sox (+650)
  • Astros (+650)
  • Dodgers (+750)
  • Cubs (+1200)
  • Phillies (+1200)
  • Brewers (+1600)
  • Indians (+1600)
  • Braves (+1600)
  • Nationals (+1600)
  • Cardinals (+1800)

FanDuel Sportsbook

World Series Winner Odds

  • Yankees (+600)
  • Red Sox (+650)
  • Astros (+650)
  • Dodgers (+750)
  • Indians (+1100)
  • Cubs (+1200)
  • Phillies (+1300)
  • Braves (+1400)
  • Brewers (+1400)
  • Cardinals (+1800)
  • Nationals (+1900)

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BetStars NJ

World Series Winner Odds

  • Red Sox (+600)
  • Astros (+650)
  • Yankees (+700)
  • Dodgers (+750)
  • Phillies (+1000)
  • Cubs (+1100)
  • Brewers (+1400)
  • Indians (+1400)
  • Braves (+1600)
  • Cardinals (+1800)
  • Nationals (+2200)

888Sport

World Series Winner Odds

  • Yankees (+600)
  • Red Sox (+650)
  • Astros (+650)
  • Dodgers (+750)
  • Phillies (+1000)
  • Cubs (+1200)
  • Brewers (+1600)
  • Indians (+1600)
  • Braves (+1600)
  • Nationals (+1600)
  • Cardinals (+1800)

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Worst World Series Futures Bets

We’ll start with the bets to avoid.

Boston Red Sox

Taking the Red Sox (+600 on FanDuel Sportsbook) to repeat as World Series champions is more of a longshot than the most likely scenario. Boston’s roster remains largely intact, but making it through the postseason again with a shaky bullpen seems unlikely. Chris Sale is injury prone. David Price is prone to mental lapses. And the Red Sox starting staff is thin behind those lefties. The bullpen is also a question mark with Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier expected to share closing duties. Many things broke right for the Red Sox to win a franchise-record 109 games and run through the postseason last year, so their luck is likely to run out in 2019.

Philadelphia Phillies

Signing Bryce Harper by no means puts the Phillies (+1200 on DraftKings Sportsbook) in immediate contention for a World Series title. Harper is a career .258 hitter in the postseason with 1 HR over his last two playoff series. The Nationals failed to win a playoff series in four tries with Harper and had a vastly superior pitching staff to the current Phillies. Young Zach Eflin and Nick Pivetta are a few years away from becoming reliable postseason starters. And Jake Arrieta seems to be on the downswing of his career. Yes, Aaron Nola is a true ace, but that’s not enough to navigate a brutal field in the National League. Andrew McCutchen isn’t the most dangerous leadoff man atop that lineup. Granted, he’s dangerous enough to jump on the Phillies (85.5 wins on FanDuel Sportsbook) to best their current win total, but not to win it all.

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers (+1400 on DraftKings Sportsbook) might have one of the best bullpens in baseball, but it seems highly improbable that a staff aced by Jhoulys Chacin is capable of winning a World Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell had to use gamesmanship in the NLDS against the Dodgers last season because his pitching staff was so vulnerable. Christian Yelich had an MVP season that will be hard to repeat. Then, Ryan Braun is almost certainly on the downswing of his career.

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Houston Astros

Thanks in part to Alex Bregman running his mouth, the Red Sox handled the Astros in five games and went to a World Series title. Bregman doubled down by telling reporters this February that there’s “no city I would like to beat more” than Boston. But his Astros (+650 on DraftKings Sportsbook) have the roster to back him up.

In addition to a loaded lineup that is only getting better with Bregman, George Springer, and Carlos Correa gaining experience, Houston has arguably the best starting staff in baseball. Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Collin McHugh can lead the way in a playoff series. And Robert Osuna should be a reliable closer for the ‘Stros. Houston also signed LHB Michael Brantley. He’ll provide a huge presence in the lineup and locker room if he can stay healthy.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers (+750 on FanDuel Sportsbook) missed out on the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. So what? Harper would have been a redundant addition to a lineup so lefty-prone that manager Dave Roberts was frequently duped into benching some of his better hitters by more savvy managers. Roberts’ multiple fumbles were one of the primary reasons the Dodgers couldn’t win the World Series last year, but the manager should learn from his mistakes and do at least a serviceable job if the Dodgers make the postseason once again.

Adding RHB A.J. Pollock in CF is almost more important than getting Harper. Pollock is a .288 hitter with a .847 OPS in his career against lefty starters and is far less volatile than traded OF Yasiel Puig. Corey Seager (elbow) will be back and presumably healthy this season. But the strength of the Dodgers is still that rotation. Clayton Kershaw has been good, if not great, in the postseason. And Walker Buehler became a veritable star last year. He dominated the Red Sox in Game 3 of the WS before Roberts yanked him too early.

Chicago Cubs

While the Cubs (+1100 on BetStarsNJ) play in one of the MLB’s toughest divisions, they are a decent value to make a run if they can make the playoffs. Aggressive GM Theo Epstein agreed to terms with a host of key young players in Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, and Kyle Hendricks.

Meanwhile, experienced LHP Jon Lester should have enough in the tank for another postseason run. Behind Lester, the Cubs have a capable staff if Yu Darvish can exorcise his postseason demons and Cole Hamels can remain consistent. Combine that staff with a potentially prolific lineup and arguably the best manager in baseball (sorry, Joe Maddon haters) and you have the recipe for a pennant-winning team.

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Best Prop Bets for 2019 MLB Season 

Nationals (Over) 88.5 Wins (-110 on FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Letting Bryce Harper walk will almost certainly have a positive effect on the Nationals’ clubhouse dynamic. The surly superstar loafed at times, never truly led, and got into altercations with a few teammates, as the Nationals severely disappointed with 82 wins last year. Now their leadership is in the hands of perhaps the best SP in baseball (Max Scherzer), who is backed up by legitimate aces in Stephen Strasburg (when healthy) and newly signed Patrick Corbin. Anibal Sanchez should keep Washington in games as a fourth starter considering he posted the second-lowest hard-hit rate in the MLB last season. Their offense is dangerous with Trea Turner serving as a dual threat, Juan Soto coming on strong, and Adam Eaton presumably healthy atop the lineup. Anthony Rendon and Brian Dozier should also mash as underrated veteran infielders. Taking the Nationals (+270 on FD Sportsbook) to win the N.L. East would be a way to double down on them sticking it to Harper and the Phillies.

Yankees (Over) 96.5 Wins (-115 on FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • The Yankees are the favorites to win it all on most sites and the favorite to win the A.L. East (-115) according to FD Sportsbook. That’s a feat that would almost certainly require they win around 100 games. The Yanks won 100 games last year and still fell well short of the fortunate Red Sox, but that division should shift back to the Bronx this season. Giancarlo Stanton is unlikely to struggle as badly amid expectations (he can thank Harper for inking an even larger contract) and the Yankees really reloaded on arms. James Paxton is a fantastic second starter, Masahiro Tanaka should be healthier, and both J.A. Happ and C.C. Sabathia are veteran stoppers. The Yanks re-signed Zach Britton and added Adam Ottavino to an already stacked bullpen. They won’t be relinquishing many leads late, and when you have sluggers in the middle of a lineup in a fantastic hitters’ park, that’s a recipe for success. You can also consider Stanton (+700 on 888Sports.com) as the favorite to lead the Majors in HR this year.

Braves (Over) 82.5 Wins (8/11 on BetStarsNJ)

  • Since the Braves win total is 85.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook and they won 90 games last year, this stands out as an obvious value on BetStars. Atlanta has two of the best young players in the game in Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies; plus, they just added stud 3B Josh Donaldson, who should be ready to bounce back following an injury-plagued season. Atlanta’s pitching staff is a bit of an unknown, but Mike Foltynewicz emerged as a veritable ace last season, and Sean Newcomb, Julio Teheran, and Kevin Gausman all have potential if the coaching staff is able to work them into consistency.

Mets (Under) 85.5 Wins (-110 on FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • The Mets added Robinson Cano, a fair-weather player with little positive impact in a locker room and moderate hustle on the field. They have a loaded pitching staff full of arms that simply can’t stay healthy. They play in a division that is rising rapidly with Harper on the Phillies and the young Braves loading up, so they won’t have many easy series aside from when they face the Marlins. The Mets have only won 80-plus games twice since 2008 and are unlikely to turn things around unless (big IF) Noah Syndergaard is healthy and dominant alongside Jacob deGrom.

Indians (Under) 92.5 Wins (19/20 on BetStarsNJ)

  • Everything went right for the Indians during the 2018 regular season, and they still only won 91 games. Cleveland let Michael Brantley walked and replaced slugger Edwin Encarnacion with old friend Carlos Santana, but have a lot of unknowns in the outfield with young guns Leonys Martin, Tyler Naquin, and Jordan Luplow atop the depth chart. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, but an injury to Corey Kluber or (injury-prone) Carlos Carrasco could lead to a slide in the standings. Most importantly, the Indians (-370) are favorites to win arguably the worst division in baseball and may not need to press down the stretch if the A.L. Central has been clinched.

Aaron Nola Most Wins in MLB (+3300 on 888Sport)

  • Nola is a young stud who shined in the second half last season and will presumably have more run support this year with Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto added to a dangerous lineup. Realmuto is also a great defensive catcher.

Paul Goldschmidt Most RBI in MLB (+4000 on 888Sport)

  • These are great odds to get on an RBI machine in Goldschmidt. He led the Majors with 125 RBI in 2013 and drove in 120 runs two seasons ago. While he struggled last year, the Cardinals have a deserved reputation for getting the most out of their talent and should be able to put men on base in front of Goldschmidt consistently in a good hitters’ park.

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