The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six straight NL West titles and back-to-back National League pennants but haven’t brought home a World Series title since that 1988 team of Kirk Gibson and Orel Hershiser upset the powerhouse Oakland A’s. That drought could finally end this fall with L.A. holding the best record in baseball entering the second half, easily the biggest division lead and the Dodgers are the +270 World Series favorites at the online sportsbook.
Updated 2019 World Series Odds – July 10th Edition
Dodgers Dominate NL
It’s a lock that the Dodgers win another NL West title because they have a whopping 13.5-game lead over the second place Arizona Diamondbacks. That’s not quite the biggest division lead of all-time, though. That belongs to the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who led the AL West by 19 games. They would win a record 119 games but lose in the ALCS to the NY Yankees. In 44 games against the NL West this year, the Dodgers are 29-15. At home vs. the NL West, the club owns a 16-6 record. And you don’t want to face the Dodgers in day games as they are 18-6 in them. Of course, all World Series games are played at night.
How good is the L.A. rotation? Of pitchers who have started at least five games for the Dodgers this season, not a single one has an ERA above 4.00. Kenta Maeda has the highest ERA of those starters at 3.78. Since June 1, the bullpen is 11-5 with a 2.90 ERA. The Dodger bullpen has walked 95 batters, the fewest in the NL and second fewest in the Majors. Hard to see many flaws here other than many of the team’s starting pitchers have injury histories. Rich Hill is currently on the 60-day injured list and may or may not return this year.
The Dodgers and New York Yankees have faced off in the World Series 11 times, easily the most of any two franchises. Could be them again this fall for the first time since 1981 as the Yankees are +300 second favorites to win the World Series. Think the Fox TV executives would be happy about a New York-L.A. World Series!? Uh, yeah.
Yankees Class Of AL?
The Yankees have the AL’s best record at 57-31 and a 6.5-game lead in the AL West over the Tampa Bay Rays. New York is an MLB-best 16-4 since 6/15, 34-15 since 5/12, 39-16 since 5/5 and 49-21 since 4/19. They are 13-2-3 in their last 18 completed series (since 4/16). The Bombers also are 16-6 in games following a loss since April 13.
The Yanks have entered the All-Star break with a record of .500-or-better for the 24th consecutive season (1996-2019). They have also posted a winning record after the All-Star break in each of the last 26 seasons (1993-2018), the second-longest such streak in Major League history, behind their own 32-year streak from 1933-64. It’s the first time since 2015 that they lead the AL East at the break.
The Houston Astros are +350 to win their second title in three years and had the most All-Stars this year with six: OF Michael Brantley, 3B Alex Bregman, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Ryan Pressly, OF George Springer and RHP Justin Verlander. All but Cole and Pressly started Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. The Astros’ 33-14 home record this season is the best in the AL and puts them on pace for their best home record in franchise history, currently held by the 1980 and 1998 Astros, who went 55-26 (.679) at home.
The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (+750) and AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins (+900) round out the World Series favorites. Since June 14, the Braves have played 18 games against division opponents and have gone 12-6 in that stretch, winning every series, as well. Atlanta nearly made history in the first half but Ozzie Albies fell one homer shy of 15 before the break. The Braves have five other guys with at s 15. No team in major league history has ever had six players reach 15 homers prior to the All-Star break.
The Twins lead the majors in homers and have played 10 games this season in which they’ve scored double-digit runs. The Twins also have played 14 games this season in which they’ve held opponents to one run or less. Minnesota has a 56-33 record, their second-best in Twins history, only three wins shy of the 59-37 mark set by the 1969 Twins. Their 166 home runs are the most in baseball history before the All-Star Break.
Expert 2019 World Series Betting Picks
Astros-Dodgers 2017 rematch in World Series, with L.A. prevailing this time.