2019 MLB Season Betting Preview | Regular Season & World Series Picks
Opening Day of the 2019 MLB Season is upon us, and we’re here to break down some of the most exciting baseball betting options leading up to the season. It will be the earliest Opening Day in MLB history, and all 30 teams will be in action on March 28th. Betting on Baseball’s Opening Day is always a good time, but there are a lot of preseason markets available for bettors before first pitch on Thursday. There are a host of futures available on the World Series, and American League and National League Pennants. There are also lots of other markets open when it comes to props and other exotics.
It is best to get a jump on the early numbers if you’re interested in betting on the World Series, AL, and NL champions, as once the games start – the odds will change each day. MyBookie.ag has a long list of wagering options for the upcoming season. The odds listed below are from them as we consider them the premier betting site for baseball and use for our own bets.
2019 World Series Championship Futures – Odds To Win
- Boston Red Sox +600
- Houston Astros +600
- New York Yankees +600
- Los Angeles Dodgers +700
- Philadelphia Phillies +1000
- Chicago Cubs +1200
- Milwaukee Brewers +1300
- St. Louis Cardinals +1400
- Cleveland Indians +1400
- Atlanta Braves +1400
Our 2019 World Series Analysis And Picks
There is a lot to like when it comes to the top ten teams favored to win the World Series at MyBookie.ag. The full list is available at MyBookie.ag of all 30 teams, but we’re just going to over the top ten teams favored by the oddsmakers. The one team outside of this top ten that I like a lot is the Tampa Bay Rays. They’re in an extremely tough division, but they came out quite strong to end last year and have lots of young talent that could break out this year. They’re never flashy, but at +3500 – I like them as a long shot to win the World Series.
It is hard not to like the Red Sox to repeat. That is indeed possible, but I do think the team I am most interested in is the Houston Astros. They’re the best defensive team in baseball according to most metrics and have a potent offense. The rotation won’t be as good, but I still think they’re the most complete team. There is a lot of luck when it comes to postseason baseball. The best regular season teams often don’t come close to winning a World Series title. However, the Astros are built to compete on both fronts and will be contesting for titles for years to come with their young core.
American League Championship Futures – Odds To Win
- New York Yankees +280
- Houston Astros +280
- Boston Red Sox +290
- Cleveland Indians +700
- Oakland Athletics +1200
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Los Angeles Angels +2500
- Minnesota Twins +2500
- Seattle Mariners +3000
- Chicago White Sox +4000
Our 2019 American League Analysis and Picks
Well, it should be clear that I like the Astros based on the above World Series pick. We will touch less on them in this analysis of the American League, but they’re certainly a strong bet at +280. The team I am most intrigued by outside of the heavy hitters of Boston, New York, and Houston is the Cleveland Indians. The franchise is coming off a 91-win season in 2018 and doesn’t get nearly as much ink as the teams from major markets, but they may be a lot closer in talent than many consider.
And, we have quite the difference in odds, at +280 to +700. I will take a substantial difference in payout and go with the Indians. I talked up the Rays as a World Series wager at +3500, and it should not be a surprise that I like them here. Although their division is tough, they are continually underrated due to being a small market team with far less interest than other the AL East’s big guns.
National League Championship Futures – Odds To Win
- Los Angeles Dodgers +350
- Philadelphia Phillies +500
- Chicago Cubs +600
- Milwaukee Brewers +700
- St. Louis Cardinals +750
- Atlanta Braves +750
- Washington Nationals +1000
- Colorado Rockies +1100
- New York Mets +1200
- San Diego Padres +2500
Our 2019 National League Analysis and Picks
The oddsmakers have the Dodgers far ahead of the pack when it comes to winning the NL. However, as you saw above with the World Series, the AL is much the favorite to come away with a championship this season. Los Angeles is an excellent baseball team but getting +350 is not enough for me to be interested. This is particularly true in a sport like baseball where variance is quite high when it comes the playoffs.
Instead, I am more interested in a middle tier team, like the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers only weakness seems to be their starting rotation, but they have plenty of upside arms. And, their offense is one of the best in the league. They’re easily my favorite pick outside the top 3 when it comes to winning the NL.
MVP And Cy Young Awards
MyBookie.ag also offers odds on just about every type of performance for the season, including odds for each of the major awards, the NL and AL Cy Young and MVP Awards. We’ve checked over their markets and have our favorite picks for each award
NL Cy Young – Aaron Nola +900
Nola’s only issue I see coming into this season is that he threw over 212 innings last year and has a bit of an injury history in his young career. However, if he can avoid injury. He could easily win the Cy Young and with a nice payout of +900. His stuff is fantastic, and he is in one of the most pitcher-friendly divisions in baseball. Best of all, he won’t have to worry about Bryce Harper anymore who has hit him well. The AL East is a joke of a hitters’ division, and Nola should mow them down if he stays healthy.
AL Cy Young – Trevor Bauer +2200
Bauer ended the year on the disabled list, but if we go back to last season, he was dominating the American League before his injury. He comes with some similar injury risk, like Nola, but there is nothing to suggest that anything in his peripherals is s mirage.
NL MVP – Trea Turner +5000
Turner offers quite the payout if he wins the NL MVP. I think this number is quite a steal considering his potential in this Nationals lineup. He will take a much more prominent role with Bryce Harper now in Philadelphia, as well. Turner’s age is also right where we see breakouts happen. Not only is he an elite defender with fantastic speed, but we could easily see his power rise in his age 26 season. He already hit 19 homers last year, and it is insane to predict 11 more this year. We could easily see Turner go 30/40 this year with 300 average and fantastic counting statistics. Those are MVP type numbers.
AL MVP – Andrew Benintendi +5000
Benintendi profiles in some ways like Turner, but with less speed. However, he hits in an elite lineup and is another player that is slowing inching towards his prime at age 23. Anyone in this Red Sox line can put up enormous numbers, and he is no exception. He is a bit of a long shot, but at +5000 – I see no reason not to take a stab.