As we approach the 2019 World Series, action is already trickling in for the 2020 World Series.
Believe it or not, the odds have been posted at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and the hype of this year’s postseason has helped generate interest for next year’s Fall Classic.
Jeff Sherman, VP of Risk Management at the SuperBook said there hasn’t been a lot of serious play, with most of the action coming from baseball fans looking to have future wagers on their favorite teams.
“As the sport’s going on, we’ll tend to see interest in next year,” Sherman said. “Once the season ends, it’ll subside until Spring Training. But as (the playoffs) are going on, it helps out being in the moment.”
The Houston Astros, who are embroiled in an American League Championship Series fight with the New York Yankees, are favored to win next season’s title, sitting at 5-1. It should come as no surprise considering the pitching staff in place with Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke and an offense that led the league with its batting average two of the last three seasons.
The Astros’ balance could land it back in this year’s World Series, which Sherman said is why bettors have invested in them now, thinking the odds could drop if they were to win the title.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Yankees are both 6-1 for the 2020 Commissioner’s Trophy. The Atlanta Braves are 10-1, Boston Red Sox are 12-1, the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians are 14-1 and St. Louis Cardinals are 18-1.
Along with five other teams, the most popular future wager this time of year is the Chicago Cubs, at 20-1.
“That’s been a staple over the years,” Sherman said.
The biggest long shot getting action has been the San Diego Padres, at 50-1.
Sitting at 45-45 at the All-Star break, and muddled in the wild-card race, the Padres collapsed behind their youthful pitching staff and lethargic offense.
Next year’s team will be interesting with Machado back, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack having a year under their belts and a new manager looking to breathe life into a team that will be looking to rebound from its fourth straight 90-loss season, ninth straight season with a losing record and 13th straight year out of the playoffs.
“I think people thought it would a be a team on the rise with their investment in (Manny) Machado last season,” Sherman added. “People are anticipating they will make offseason moves to better their club for next year.”
The Los Angeles Angels are intriguing at 100-1 with arguably the best player in baseball, Mike Trout.
Brad Ausmus was fired as manager, and Joe Maddon is reportedly the favorite for the job. The Angels have already interviewed the ex-Cubs skipper, and that would be a step in the right direction for a team with the ninth-largest payroll this season at $164.4 million.
Keep an eye on the Angels’ offseason moves, as that price might become value by the time pitchers and catchers report.
Astros at Yankees: Regardless of what took place in Tuesday’s game — either Cole was dealing, or the Yankees got to him — Game 4 becomes a must-win for the pinstripes.
Think about it carefully. If they lost, they’re not going to want to fall behind 3-1 in the series, and there’s no telling who the Astros will throw. I’d much rather depend on New York’s very strong bullpen. The Yankees’ relievers ranked ninth in the league during the regular season with a 4.08 ERA and have been stellar doing the postseason with a stingy 1.88 ERA.
And let’s be real here, for as good as the Astros have been at the plate, they had the second-lowest batting average (.218) in the playoffs heading into Game 3. YANKEES
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