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Examining The Dodgers & MLB 2019 World Series Odds

It’s the time of year that clues exist to tell us what is coming. Even with some marquee free agents sitting out there like Bryce Harper – oddsmakers have a good idea of who is going to be relevant for the 2019 World Series championship. Equally important, barring a long shot or something weird happening – one of the top teams listed is likely to take home the whole shebang in 2019.

And so I took a peak at the current odds today. I wanted to know where the Dodgers sat in regards to other teams around baseball. You will notice, any team mentioned in the Harper pursuits seems to be listed here. This is because some degree of Harper probability is already priced into each line by oddsmakers in the event he signs there.

So how do the Dodgers look as 2019 begins? In a word, strong.

Los Angeles opened at 8/1 odds to win the 2019 World Series. So what does this mean? This means if you were to bet $100 on the Dodgers winning the World Series, and they pull it off; you would be returned eight times that number in winnings or $800. Furthermore, the Dodgers odds have improved since opening at 8 to 1. Currently – they sit at 7 to 1 which means that money has went in on the Dodgers – justifying oddsmakers moving them up a little stronger.

Thoughts On The Top Teams Posted

It’s not going to make anyone thrilled outside Beantown to see the Red Sox open up as favorites. That said, they’re just a hair ahead of the Dodgers at 6 to 1. The Astros and Yankees are currently equal with the Dodgers at 7 to 1, and that feels fair.

Where it gets interesting is that next pocket of teams at 12 to 1: the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals. It’s interesting that a team like Cleveland has been trying to sell off key pieces when viewed so favorably and probable to win it all. From there, an interesting foe checks in as the Atlanta Braves are 14 to 1 and the Washington Nationals join them next at 16 to 1.

Any further down than that, and you’re probably asking for something whacky to happen. While possible in baseball, it’s very likely that our 2019 World Series comes from this group of teams.

Analysis

I say it all the time, but we are living a charmed life to follow and write about this current iteration of Dodger baseball. The reason is simple: the Dodgers are big time threats to win the whole thing. Pencil them in as they are – and there’s a great chance they’re going to be playing for a title once again. Then, add a big time threat like a Bryce Harper and what happens? The Dodgers could quickly become your odds-on favorites to win the 2019 World Series that quickly. We will look back at these odds as the months creep onward. Still, it’s a great time to be a Dodger. Things are on the up and up!

How do you feel about the Dodgers 2019 World Championship hopes? Do you feel strongly that these are accurate? Is there a team that you consider a dark-horse threat? Sound off in the comments.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Good day, Clint. First, for Dodgers to even be considered to go deep in the PS or even make it, they had BETTER shore up those obvious holes in the lineup, namely getting an impact RHB that won’t need to be platooned. A 2nd baseman who can play regularly without being platooned and is a great defender at this all important middle infield position. Another impact starter and or reliever might be what is also needed. How about a catcher who can surpass that Mendoza line as a hitter. Also reducing the number of k’s by the hitters on this team, putting ball in play more often with good situational hitting. And just as important, that the pitchers on this team learn to do somewhat better at keeping the baseball in the yard. More consistent daily lineups and better FO and field manager decisions might also do the trick. Are these tall orders for the 2019 Dodgers? Yes, but if they finally want to obtain that elusive WS ring, IMHO these all need to be done. So please reply what ya think.

  2. The Dodgers will win the NL West without any trades or moves. They will probably pick up a catcher when the market gives them someone that is bargain basement for a 1 year deal. Same may happen for 2nd base but I would not hold my breath.

    They will and should hold their moves to see how this team fares mid season. They should be able to bring up Smith and Maybe Lux mid season if necessary.

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