The 2019 MLB season is right around the corner and before spring training begins, now is the time you can get some good prices on world series odds. It’s never too early to lock in some bets. For this article, I’m only looking at world series dark horses, which means I’m only dealing with teams at 10 to 1 or larger. Anybody can give you the same five teams over and over in the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Long shot future bets give you more bang for your buck and also provide hedging room later in the season.
Here are five world series dark horses who are worth placing a future bet on.
St. Louis Cardinals, +1500 - The St. Louis Cardinals just missed out on the playoffs last season, finishing just 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the last wild card spot. Already having a manageable offense and a good enough pitching staff, the Cards added Paul Goldschmidt to their batting order and Andrew Miller to their pitching staff. Yeah, only two of the better players in the league at their respective positions. The Cards can now go toe-to-toe with any team in the NL Central, which makes these +1500 odds worth a strong consideration.
Atlanta Braves, +2000 - The Atlanta Braves won the NL East probably a year before they were supposed to, led by an offense that was fifth in batting average and a pitching staff that was seventh in team ERA. The Braves return the young core that got them to the playoffs, while adding Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann to the everyday lineup. With majority of the top teams in baseball relying so heavily on their offense, the Braves have to feel they can hold their own with any top tier team mentioned. You could easily see the Braves having the best lineup in the National League this season. These odds won’t be there come August. Bite while you still can.
Oakland Athletics, +4000 - I was pounding the drum for the Oakland Athletics last season and even gave out +700 odds on them making the playoffs. Were you listening, because it cashed with ease. The A’s have one of the best lineups in all of baseball, and they finished last year fourth in runs per game, fifth in OPS and third in homers. Things could be even better this season with the addition of Jurickson Profar. If the A’s can get anything out of their starting pitching, or if Jharel Cotton and Sean Manaea return at some point, Oakland remains the dark horse in the American League. Worst case scenario, the A’s sneak into the playoffs again and you have room to hedge.
Los Angeles Angels, +5500 - The Los Angeles Angels were a disappointment last year, but you’re still getting a talented team at big odds to make some noise. The addition of Justin Bour adds a rare left-handed bat to the lineup and some pop behind Mike Trout, while Jonathan Lucroy is stability at the catcher position. If Matt Harvey continues to build on what was a comeback season last year and Trevor Cahill can stay healthy, the pitching staff should improve on last seasons 4.15 ERA. Shohei Ohtani is also expected to be in the batting order despite having Tommy John surgery. The Angels are in a ridiculously competitive AL West, but there’s a lot of upside with this club.
Cincinnati Reds, +8500 - The Cincinnati Reds have a chance to be this years A’s, as there’s no way this club is one of the worst teams in baseball. Yes, it’s hard to ignore the Reds nearly lost 100 games last year, but the offense flashes serious potential and will only get better by trading for Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig. The Reds pitching staff was awful last year to say the least, but this is a revamped starting rotation with Tanner Roark, Sonny Gray and Alex Wood. The Reds aren’t nearly the same team they were a year ago and are a lot closer than most people think. The Reds will be in the thick of the playoff race until the very end. If you like value, take these odds and thank me later.