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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