MLB 2019 Odds: Five Dark Horse World Series Contenders
The 2019 MLB season is just over three weeks away and now is the time to lock in those World Series bets. This article is only going to focus on the dark horse contenders for this season. The dark horses are the ones with sneaky potential and big payouts. I’m not going to sit here and give you the easy ones like the Astros and Red Sox, you all already know how strong of contenders they are. Let’s take a peek at five World Series dark horse long shots to potentially place a future bet on.
Atlanta Braves, +1400
A surprise to many, the Atlanta Braves ended up winning the NL East last season. Their offense was incredible, powered by the likes of Freddie Freeman, the young studs in Ozzie Albies and Ronlad Acuna Jr. and Nick Markakis. Their hot bats made them a top five hitting squad in terms of batting average and total hits. They caught a tough break and faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS and were only able to squeak out one win in that five-game series. However, that was last year. In 2019, they are returning the young core and bringing back Nick Markakis. They also went out and made some key additions in Josh Donaldson, who is projected to hit in the top of the lineup and Brain McCann, who should give them some additional pop. We’ve seen a tremendous push towards more offense from the top teams and this ball club has what it takes to have the best lineup in the National League this season. These good odds won’t be here as the season moves on, so pounce while you can.
St. Louis Cardinals, +1400
The St. Louis Cardinals won 88 games last year, finishing third in the NL Central and barely missing the wild card spot. That just goes to show how tough and competitive the NL Central is. The Red Birds had a solid offense and pitching staff, finishing in the top half of the league in respects to average and earned runs allowed. Their lineup has some decent power in Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter and they quite possibly made the best trade in the offseason to bring in star first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt. Not to mention, they bolstered their pitching staff by adding Andrew Miller and extending their top of the rotation hurler Miles Mikolas. This team will contend with the best and their World Series odds should be taken into consideration.
Cleveland Indians, +1400
This Indians squad won the American League Central last season going 91-71, but faced one of the league’s best teams (Houston Astros) in the ALDS. The Astros ended up taking the broom to them badly, sweeping them in three games. However, look for this club to take the AL Central again this season and coming in with a chip on their shoulder looking for revenge. I mean what else can you look for here? This lineup boasts one of the games best in Jose Ramirez, who was a flat-out beast last season finishing third in the AL MVP voting. They also feature star shortstop in Francisco Lindor, who belted 38 home runs. The pitching staff is also formidable, led by two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, as well as two-time All-Star Brad Hand. There’s a lot to like about this team.
San Diego Padres, +5000
Adding a guy like Manny Machado can do a lot for a team offensively and defensively. You don’t hand a guy $300 million unless you expect him to bring you big time results. Yes, Machado has an attitude problem, but his play speaks louder than his words. The turnaround for this team may not be immediate, but there is a ton of upside here. The arrival of Machado combined with a loaded farm system will put the Padres in good position. The loaded farm system is headlined by top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who is a star in the making and is showing his potential so far in Spring Training. It should also be noted that San Diego went out and got a proven veteran in Ian Kinsler. This is a long shot, but with good odds.
Cincinnati Reds, +7000
The Reds did not have a good season last year losing a total of 95 games, but after this offseason, they won’t be in the cellar of the National League anymore. The Reds’ offense has some big time potential and should look even better having added Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to a lineup that already has Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez. On the other side, there’s a little more to be said. There’s no doubt that the Reds pitching staff was awful last year, but the front office showed that they wanted to fix those issues by going out and adding Sonny Grey, Alex Wood, and Tanner Roark. This team will look a lot different on Opening Day this year and they have what it takes to be in the playoff chase. If you see value here, don’t be afraid to take these great odds and cash in.