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Now a quarter of the way through the 2019 MLB season, it's safe to say that some teams should be considered clear World Series contenders while others are still maneuvering their way into the conversation.
The American League came into 2019 with two of the three favorites to win the World Series, and while that still remains the case, the teams are slightly different now 40 games into the season. While the defending champion Boston Red Sox have gone from +550 to +1300 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Houston Astros' odds have continued to improve, to the point that the 2017 champs are now the favorite to win the 2019 World Series.
With +490 odds to win it all, Houston leads the AL West by 6.5 games and boasts a 16-4 record at home. The Astros have also been hot recently, winning eight of 10 including five in a row. That combo has seemingly bumped them up to be the lone favorite, after they were tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees at +550 on May 2.
Given the state of the Astros' division, it's already beginning to look like they're a shoo in to qualify for the playoffs. To help put this into context, the next best odds to win the World Series in the AL West are the Seattle Mariners at +5000.
The Dodgers remain the top option to win it all from the National League, tied with the Yankees, at +600 odds. Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies are next up with +1000 odds, while arguably the hottest team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs, have +1400 odds to win the World Series.
With the Astros currently leading the way, it's up to everyone else in the MLB to try to close the gap over the next four-plus months of the 2019 regular season.
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