Despite opening the 2019 World Series as heavy underdogs, the Nationals haven taken a 2-0 lead over the Astros by winning back-to-back games in Houston. That has changed both the narrative and the odds to take home this year's MLB crown.
The Nationals were staring at +200 odds to win the World Series prior to Game 1, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but Washington's 2-0 series lead has now completely flipped the script. The Nats' odds to win the series have improved to -280, making them the betting favorites to win the World Series for the first time this season.
Nationals Odds to Win World Series at Beginning of Season
The Nationals began the season in the middle of the pack, with +2100 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but Washington seemingly embraced the underdog role. As of June 17, the Nationals were sitting at +5500 odds to win it all – the team's longest odds of the season.
At that point, the Nats were tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets for the 15th-best odds in the MLB. Ironically, the Astros were the favorites in that mid-June odds update.
Houston, on the other hand, is now facing its worst odds to win the World Series since Aug. 19 when the Astros were sitting at +225 more than a month before the start of the 2019 MLB postseason.
There's still plenty of baseball left to be played, but the Nationals have certainly been rolling and head back to Washington with a 2-0 lead and home-field advantage on the back of eight straight wins. Including the regular season, Washington is now also 18-2 in its last 20 games, and, more often than not, teams that get hot in October ultimately take home the World Series title.
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