2019 MLB Odds: Latest AL, NL Divisional Lines at the Start of Spring Training

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2019

Houston Astros pitcher Josh James uses a bar to stretch during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Of baseball's six divisions, the oddsmakers seem to think the AL West is easiest to call.

The Houston Astros are currently listed at -200 (bet $200 to win $100) to take their division, the lowest odds of any race at BetOnline. The Los Angeles Dodgers (-150 to win the NL West) and Cleveland Indians (-150 to win the AL Central) are the only other teams listed as minus-favorites.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (+150) are co-favorites in the AL East, the St. Louis Cardinals (+225) are favored in the NL Central, and the Washington Nationals (+250) have the lowest odds in the NL East.

Oddsmakers seem to have a particularly rough time with the NL East. The Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies (+275), New York Mets (+275) and Atlanta Braves (+300) all come off at 3-1 or better. The only thing the oddsmaker agree on is that the Miami Marlins (+2500) have little shot at pulling it off.

The NL Central is also up in the air, with no team coming off worse than 7-1. The favorite Cardinals are followed close behind by the Chicago Cubs (+250), Milwaukee Brewers (+300), Cincinnati Reds (+600) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+700).

Of course, these odds are going to change in a significant fashion at some point. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are not going to be free agents the entire season, and their signings will shift the landscape of division races.

Harper has drawn interest from the Nationals, Phillies and Cubs, among others. His signing would almost certainly make any of those three teams heavy favorites in their divisions.

Machado has been courted by the Phillies, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and a few other teams. A deal with Philly or New York would put those teams over the top in their division races as well.

     

MLB Divisional Odds

AL Central

Cleveland Indians (-150)

Minnesota Twins (+300)

Chicago White Sox (+700)

Detroit Tigers (+1200)

Kansas City Royals (+1400)

     

AL East

Boston Red Sox (+150)

New York Yankees (+150)

Tampa Bay Rays (+450)

Toronto Blue Jays (+1000)

Baltimore Orioles (+2500)

     

AL West

Houston Astros (-200)

Los Angeles Angels (+500)

Oakland Athletics (+500)

Seattle Mariners (+1600)

Texas Rangers (+2000)

     

NL Central 

St. Louis Cardinals (+225)

Chicago Cubs (+250)

Milwaukee Brewers (+300)

Cincinnati Reds (+600)

Pittsburgh Pirates (+700)

     

NL East

Washington Nationals (+250)

Philadelphia Phillies (+275)

New York Mets (+275)

Atlanta Braves (+300)

Miami Marlins (+2500)

     

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers (-150)

Colorado Rockies (+450)

Arizona Diamondbacks (+700)

San Diego Padres (+700)

San Francisco Giants (+1000)

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