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Friday, November 01, 2019

2020 World Series odds: Astros and Dodgers favored to win pennants, Nationals sit third in National

The Washington Nationals took home the 2019 World Series title in seven games on Wednesday, and while the 2020 MLB season is still five months away, odds for next fall’s World Series and pennant championships are out. The latest 2020 World Series odds have this year’s runner-up Houston Astros as 4-to-1 favorites to win it all, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees behind Houston with 5-to-1 odds. Eight (Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Nationals, Indians and Cardinals) of baseball’s 30 teams have World Series odds of 18-to-1 or lower.

For the AL pennant, the Astros are a +225 favorite with the Yankees at +250. Over in the NL, the pennant favorites are the Dodgers with +250 odds and the Braves next on the board at +450.

The Astros were one game away from winning their second World Series title in three years, before the Nationals won two straight games in Houston to clinch the 2019 title. The club is expected to return the majority of their potent lineup in 2020, and they’ll once again be the team to beat in the 2020 season. Gerrit Cole will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season, and even if he departs, Houston will be bringing back Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke to lead the pitching staff.

Never too early, is it?

 

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: odds, world series

Monday, October 21, 2019

Astros enter World Series against Nationals as heaviest favorites since 2007

Mere hours after clinching their second pennant in three years, the Houston Astros were conferred the best World Series odds in over a decade.

Westgate deemed the Astros as -220 favorites with Caesars Sportsbook opening at -235. Even at the lower figure, that’s largest odds for a favorite since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 favorites over the Colorado Rockies.

For the uninitiated, lines bigger than -200 are rarely seen at this level because people don’t often think things will be so lopsided. The implied odds from a -220 line is that the Astros will win 68.8 percent of the time — 70.1 percent if you use the Caesars line. And given how talented the Washington Nationals are, that seems very high.

Any thoughts from the gamblers among us?

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:03 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, odds, world series

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Orioles pulled off an astronomical upset over the Astros

The Houston Astros are a very good baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles are ... not a very good baseball team.

Still, over the course of a 162-game season, every blind squirrel finds an acorn. And even the Orioles (39-78) can beat the Astros (77-41). Sunday’s comeback win by the Orioles marked one of the biggest upsets in MLB history

According to ESPN, the Orioles were listed as +420 underdogs by some sportsbooks. Some of it might have had to do with Houston’s 23-3 rout on Saturday and the fact that ace Justin Verlander was starting for the Astros.

The next sound you hear is that of a group of bookies trying to welsh on their debts.

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds, orioles

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Astros become World Series favorites in Vegas with Zack Greinke onboard

The Houston Astros made the big move at the 2019 MLB trade deadline by trading for Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, cementing their rotation as the envy of all of baseball.

In case there was any doubt on whether or not the Astros are now the World Series favorites, Westgate Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman released the sportsbook’s new MLB odds. The Astros take the top spot at 2-to-1 odds.

It would be tempting to argue that the logic is suspect, but then memories of 2017 come to mind….

 

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, las vegas, odds, zack greinke

 

 

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