The MLB postseason is underway and has some exciting matchups as the stars face off on a quest to the World Series. Today, we will talk about some of the teams we should be placing for World Series futures as the playoff field begins to dwindle.
All odds used here are the consensus odds as of this writing.
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Houston Astros (+264)
Having the Houston Astros as the favorite to win the World Series makes a lot of sense logistically as they have run the American League for the past half-decade by having the ALCS run through Houston every year. They have incredible starting pitching in Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, and Jose Urquidy. Obviously, the Astros have the offensive firepower with second baseman Jose Altuve, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, and third baseman Alex Bregman to name a few hitters.
They also have one of the best managers in the sport in Dusty Baker, as he has been able to guide this team past the 2017 cheating scandal and make sure the focus is on continually adding to their trophy case. It’s not fun to go with chalk, but with the ALDS being against the Seattle Mariners and then facing either the New York Yankees or Cleveland Guardians, there is a great chance they make the World Series.
New York Yankees (+425)
These are the only two American League teams that realistically have a chance of making the World Series, and the New York Yankees have a legitimate chance to win their 28th World Championship.
The starting pitching of Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Luis Severino will keep them in games. The Yankees’ offensive firepower of right fielder Aaron Judge, designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo should dominate opposing pitchers as long as they are patient to work the counts.
Their weakness is in the bullpen, as they are dealing with injuries to Chad Green, Zack Britton, Michael King, and Scott Effross, while having issues with Aroldis Chapman not reporting for a workout and being sent home. Those final innings can be used for guys like Wandy Peralta, Lou Trivino, and Clay Holmes, as well as starting pitchers like Jameson Taillon and Domingo German for a few innings.
They have the Cleveland Guardians in the ALDS and then would face the winner of the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Give me some Yankees here, as they are still a top franchise.
San Diego Padres (+930)
Even without shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr, I really like this San Diego Padres team to make some noise in the postseason. This roster is completely talented, as they have a starting rotation of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove, and not many teams can match that firepower.
The offense is led by third baseman Manny Machado and right fielder Juan Soto should dominate as well. It also feels like closer Josh Hader is finding his way after struggling after joining San Diego at the Trade Deadline.
The National League is tough as all four teams in the Divisional Series can make a case for advancing, but I think this San Diego team provides the best value to make a run if they can dethrone the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After winning a three-game Wild Card Round against the New York Mets, they have the battle-tested and could become the favorite in the National League. Get them while they are still the fifth-best odds to win the World Series, as this team, being led by Bob Melvin, feels like they have some magic in them.