With just four weeks remaining in the 2019 MLB season the Houston Astros remain set as narrow favourites on the World Series odds, edging out the Los Angeles Dodgers with short +225 odds on those MLB futures at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Houston has returned to form since struggling through a 1-5 run in mid-August, posting wins in 12 of 15 contests going into Tuesday night’s interleague matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
The Astros have padded their lead atop the NL West during their current surge, moving 10.5 games up on second-place Oakland. However, the team has gone a meagre 5-7 in its past 12 road contests, and has historically struggled on the road in October, going 7-9 in three trips to the postseason since 2015.
The Dodgers have a track record of postseason futility to overcome as they prepare for another World Series run, pegged as +250 second favourites on the MLB futures. The team entered this week boasting a massive 18-game lead in the NL West standings, and an NL-best 89-50 record, but has struggled to maintain momentum over the past two weeks, going 8-9 over its past 17 contests, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
Los Angeles has also fallen short in two straight trips to the Fall Classic, including a heartbreaking loss to the Astros in seven games two years ago, extending the club’s World Series drought to 31 years.
The Yankees continue to lag behind the favourites on those MLB odds despite sporting an MLB-best 90-49 record. The team has powered that record with dominant play at Yankee Stadium, going 51-22 while avoiding a series loss on home turf since dropping two of three to the visiting Chicago White Sox back in mid-April.
The Braves have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the majors since overcoming a shaky 18-20 start, going 67-34 since then and taking over top spot in the NL East, where they currently hold a 6.5-game lead over second-place Washington.
The Nationals have also overcome a slow start, and now sit atop the NL wild card standings, four games up on the Chicago Cubs, whom they join at +1800 on the World Series odds.
But it is the St. Louis Cardinals who have been the big movers, vaulting to a +1400 wager during their run to the top of the NL Central standings, well ahead of the +4000 odds they sported at the MLB All-Star Break.