2019 World Series Odds: Astros, Dodgers Favored over Yankees, Red Sox, More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2019

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros after hitting a solo home run off of starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on April 13, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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A little over two weeks into the 2019 MLB regular season, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are co-favorites to win the World Series

Neither the Astros nor the Dodgers lead their respective division, but they're each +600 (bet $100 to win $600) to be the last team standing this year. The New York Yankees (+650) and Boston Red Sox (+700) follow closely behind.

The opinion in Vegas generally tracks with forecasts elsewhere. On Baseball Prospectus, the Astros own the highest World Series title odds (17.7 percent) and the Dodgers are second (13.3 percent). Houston is the top team on FanGraphs (21.7 percent) as well, with Los Angeles in third (14.7 percent).

The Astros are riding a nine-game winning streak and swept the red-hot Seattle Mariners in Seattle over the weekend.

The Dodgers are trending in the opposite direction. They defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak. Clayton Kershaw is making his 2019 debut Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds, which should provide a boost.

Bettors clearly remain confident in the Dodgers over the long term despite their shaky start, and the same is true of the Yankees. But one has to wonder whether New York falls down the pecking order this time next week.

Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances and Troy Tulowitzki are all on the injured list. Betances is out for at least six weeks, while Severino won't throw a ball whatsoever for at least six weeks.

At full strength, the Yankees have one of MLB's best rosters. But they likely won't be able to cope with that number of injuries to key players.

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