Updated 2019 World Series Odds - March 1st Edition

Updated 2019 World Series Odds – March 1st Edition

Written by on March 1, 2019

Finally, both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the two biggest free agents this offseason, have signed contracts to play in MLB. With Machado and Harper finally at MLB Spring Training, it’s time for us to take another look at 2019 World Series odds.

Updated 2019 World Series Odds – March 1st Edition

Odds to Win the 2019 World Series

  • Arizona Diamondbacks +6000
  • Atlanta Braves +1400
  • Baltimore Orioles +60000
  • Boston Red Sox +600
  • Chicago Cubs +1200
  • Chicago White Sox +7500
  • Cincinnati Reds +7000
  • Cleveland Indians +1400
  • Colorado Rockies +2000
  • Detroit Tigers +25000
  • Houston Astros +600
  • Kansas City Royals +25000
  • A. Angels +5000
  • A. Dodgers +700
  • Miami Marlins +35000
  • Milwaukee Brewers +1300
  • Minnesota Twins +5000
  • New York Mets +2200
  • New York Yankees +600
  • Oakland Athletics +2500
  • Philadelphia Phillies +1200
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +7000
  • San Diego Padres +5000
  • San Francisco Giants +12000
  • Seattle Mariners +6000
  • Louis Cardinals +1400
  • Tampa Bay Rays +3500
  • Texas Rangers +20000
  • Toronto Blue Jays +9000
  • Washington Nationals +1700

Bryce and Manny have signed contracts. Do their respective teams have a shot at World Series glory?

First, let’s go over Machado’s deal. Manny signed a $300 million, 10-year contract with the San Diego Padres. Machado can opt-out after the 2023 season. At that point, he’ll be 31-years-old and will have already made $150 million.

Before Harper signed his contract, Manny’s was the largest in league history. Machado goes to one of the toughest places for hitters in MLB, Petco Park. He’ll struggle to launch home runs like every hitter struggles at Petco. In any case, the odds on the Padres dropped all the way down to +5000. They have no shot, of course, but at least they’ve got a big time player in a Padres’ uniform again.

Harper signed the richest deal in MLB history when he penned his name to a 13-year, $330 million deal. While Manny must hit balls at Petco Park, Harper gets to launch home runs at Citizens Bank Park. Bryce is familiar with the stadium, having spent his career with the Nationals. He also gets to play with a solid rotation led by Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.

The Phillies, not surprisingly, are now second choices in the NL behind the Dodgers to win the World Series. They’re legit contenders if Harper has a good season.

No movement on the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees. What does that tell us?

It tells us that none of the three power teams in the AL are any better than any other. All 3 have powerful batting lineups, strong pitching rotations, and are led by excellent managers. Boston still gets the nod to break the back-to-back World Series curse that has been in place since 1999-2000. Eventually, that will end and the Red Sox are solid across the board.

Which NL teams are World Series futures handicappers leaning towards upsetting the Dodgers?

Philly, obviously, because of Harper and the rotation. But, the Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers all look like possible National League winners. The Chicago Cubs get the edge even though Bryce plays for the Phillies.

If Yu Darvish, right now listed as their fifth starter, gets back to where he was a couple of seasons ago, Chicago will have a starting rotation of Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels, Jose Quintana, and Darvish. That’s 5 legit starters with Lester, Hendricks, and possibly Darvish considered ace pitchers.

The Cubbies will be tough to beat if it all comes together for manager Joe Maddon. Their odds went from +1100 to +1200 after Harper signed with Philly. At +1200, the Cubs might be an overlay to win the World Series.