Red Sox, Astros installed as 2019 co-favorites
The champagne was still flowing in the Red Sox's clubhouse Sunday night when the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas established Boston as a co-favorite to win the World Series again in 2019.
The Red Sox are given odds of 6-1 to repeat as champions, the same odds assigned to the Houston Astros, who won the 2017 World Series. Boston defeated Houston 4-1 this month in the American League Championship Series.
The AL East champion Red Sox (108-54) and AL Central champion Astros (103-59) had the majors' best regular-season records this year.
The team with the third-best mark, the New York Yankees (100-62), is given 7-1 odds to go all the way next year, the same odds as the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost in a five-game World Series after going 92-71 in the regular season.
The Chicago Cubs, who won the 2016 World Series, are listed at 10-1 to earn the 2019 crown. Also at 10-1 are the Cleveland Indians.
The Cubs went 95-67 through 162 games this year, tied for the best mark in the NL along with the Brewers, but Milwaukee won a one-game tiebreaker for the NL Central title. Chicago then lost the NL wild-card game to the Colorado Rockies.
The Indians strolled the AL Central title at 91-71 before getting swept by the Astros in the AL Division Series.
The odds for the remaining teams: Brewers and Atlanta Braves, 12-1; St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, 16-1; Philadelphia Phillies, 18-1; Oakland Athletics, 30-1; Colorado Rockies and New York Mets, 30-1; Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels, 40-1; Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates, 50-1; Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, 60-1; Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds, 100-1; Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, 200-1; Baltimore Orioles, 300-1.
The odds could fluctuate wildly in the offseason depending on free agent moves and trades. The free agent market will include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Jed Lowrie, Dallas Keuchel, World Series MVP Steve Pearce and potentially World Series Game 5 starters Clayton Kershaw and David Price, who can opt out of their contracts.
--Field Level Media
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