|Dodgers to Win National League Pennant||4/1||BetHard|
|Yankees to Win World Series||13/2||888Sport|
|Paul Goldschmidt To Win NL MVP||12/1||Karamba|
|Alex Bregman To Win AL MVP||10/1||888Sport|
Opening Day of the 2019 Major League Baseball season is just a couple of weeks away. In fact, it’s the earliest opening day in MLB history. With time running out, it’s last call on the season-long futures. Here are our 10 favorite bets for the upcoming baseball season.
Odds: 13/2 at 888Sport
There is a solid cast of contenders for this year’s World Series including the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. However, the Yankees are a good pick because of their batting lineup (arguably the most dangerous) and now they’re backed up with a solid rotation now that James Paxton is on-board and J.A. Happ is there for an entire season.
We know that the Yankees probably aren’t done adding to their roster as we can be certain they will be making at least one or two moves before the trade deadline. Boston will take a small step back in 2019 after winning the World Series while the Yankees will take a step forward.
If it’s not the Yankees, the Astros would be the bet. Houston is probably the most complete team in the AL at this point in time. They also have the easiest path as they don’t have to deal with Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays in the division.
The Astros are loading with a slew of players who are just entering their prime and they are backed up with some of the best starting pitching in baseball. They’ll be a contender for the crown.
Odds: 4/1 at BetHard
The Dodgers might face some competition from the Chicago Cubs or the winner of the NL East. However, like the Astros it’s Los Angeles with the easiest path to a pennant based on their division being the weakest on paper.
The Rockies are expected to take a step back to about 81 wins, according to FanGraphs projections. The Dodgers will be in position with a good shot come playoff time.
Odds: 1/5 at BetHardThere’s a lot of juice here but I can’t see this playing out differently. Despite surprising performances by the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners a year ago, Houston still won the AL West by six games. Now the Athletics and Mariners are both expected to take a step back this season while the Astros are still just as strong.
Odds: 11/4 at Karamba
Despite all of the hype surrounding Philadelphia, it’s the Nationals who have the best starting pitching in the division. This is a team that PECOTA projects to win 89 games and FanGraphs slots in with 90. I’ll take a shot with those projections given the generous price tag.
Odds: 8/9 at 888Sport
The Twins aren’t getting much love in the same division as the Cleveland Indians, but there is reason to believe they could surprise.
Minnesota’s lineup features plenty of breakout potential with Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario joined by Nelson Cruz and Marwin Gonzalez. This is an easy division and this is the second-best team in that division.
Odds: 9/10 at 888Sport
The Phillies went all-in this offseason in an attempt to contend for a World Series win. By now, you’ve heard of all of the moves with Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and more.
But you’ll notice none of those additions are for the starting rotation, where the team still needs help. This unit fell off the table after May last season and the Phillies did little to improve it in the offseason. There’s a lot of hype here but 90 wins is asking a lot.
Odds: 10/1 at BetHard
Mike Trout is the heavy favorite to win the AL MVP again but the Los Angeles Angels are expected to be mediocre. That always makes it a challenge when the team isn’t a contender.
With that in mind, one name that stands out is Bregman, who was as good as anyone in baseball last year when he hit .286 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI. He’s only now entering the prime of his career at 24 years old.
Odds: 12/1 at Karamba
After years of mashing in Arizona, Goldschmidt is set to get a new start in St. Louis. The 31-year-old is coming off a monster year in which he hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI. The difference now is he’s on a team that could be a contender. If they make the playoffs and he boosts their offense, he’ll have a good shot at MVP.
Odds: 12/1 at 888Sport
Khris Davis of the Oakland Athletics dominated the home run race with 48 last season but I have my eye on a different slugger: Aaron Judge. He’s coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to 112 games but he still managed to hit 27 home runs. A full season could see him flirt with 50 like he did back in 2017.