Nationals Overcame Enormous Odds to Win World Series at Beginning of 2019 Season

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30:  Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros with a score of 6 to 2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
World Series - Washington Nationals v Houston Astros - Game Seven | Elsa/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals are the 2019 MLB World Series champions, but that's not to say that anyone saw them overcoming the enormous odds they faced earlier this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Nats closed out the year on top, despite riding an incredible roller coaster along the odds to win the World Series throughout the year. A journey that saw them fluctuate from between +5500 and -280 odds to win it all at separate points in the year.

Nationals Odds Beginning of Season

The Nationals began the season in the middle of the pack, with +2100 odds to win the World Series, 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.

Unfortunately for Washington, the narrative appears to be the same for their shot to win the World Series again next year after opening with +1400 odds to repeat as world champs. However, the Nats clearly proved that being a long shot didn't mean much to them earlier this year.

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