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It’s a great week to get caught up on the championship chase in Major League Baseball. There are several marquee matchups involving playoff contenders the next few days. Whether betting game-by-game money lines for pleasure, or scouting to make smart bets on the futures board, baseball investors will be parked in front of their TV sets.

Today, VSiN will focus on odds to win the World Series. We’ll start in the American League because the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox begin a huge four-game series Thursday night at Fenway Park. MLB Network, FS1, and ESPN will be showcasing this weekend showdown.

in a bad division. Oakland just enjoyed a monster month, but won’t have as many gimmes from this point forward in the tougher A.L. West.

Odds to Win World Series for N.L. contenders

Los Angeles Dodgers

3/1

Chicago Cubs

12/1

Atlanta

12/1

Washington

18/1

Milwaukee

25/1

St. Louis

25/1

Philadelphia

40/1

San Francisco

80/1

Arizona

80/1

Odds to win World Series for A.L. contenders

New York Yankees

7/2

Houston

4/1

Minnesota

12/1

Cleveland

18/1

Oakland

30/1

Tampa Bay

30/1

Boston

30/1

The Yanks and Astros are virtual co-favorites. At those odds, the Yankees are 22% to win the World Series, Houston 20%. New York gets the nod because it’s currently expected to earn home field advantage in the A.L. brackets. Should Houston rally for top seed, those odds would flip.

Boston has dropped way back in the percentages in recent weeks. The Red Sox are now just 3% to repeat as World Champs. Their hangover has lasted much longer than expected. The Sox are amidst a 14-game stretch vs. Tampa Bay and New York. It really is “now or never” in terms of making a 2019 statement.

Cleveland is tempting on the futures board because it’s in very good form and has a soft schedule ahead

We included everyone that entered the week at .500 or better because the N.L. Wildcard race doesn’t exactly feature juggernauts at the moment. You can see that the Westgate is very skeptical about the likes of San Francisco or Arizona making it to the final bell.

Dodger Blue is a prohibitive favorite in the senior circuit, currently 25% to win the world title. Second-place Chicago and Atlanta are way back at 8% apiece. Los Angeles is in great shape to earn home-field advantage through the playoffs, and has been extremely strong at Chavez Ravine this season. (Remember that sports books build a universe larger than 100% to create a house edge…our win equivalents are from that inflated perspective.)

Who would be a favorite in the World Series between the Dodgers and either the Yankees or Astros? Keep in mind that current prices reflect the reality that LAD would only have to beat one of those teams (at the most), while either Houston or NYY would likely have to beat two. It wouldn’t be a shocker if the Dodgers were a small underdog in the Fall Classic to either A.L. power come October.

Of course, anything can happen in a short baseball series no matter who has home- field advantage. The Dodgers could have their hands full with any remaining N.L. threat. They didn’t shine consistently on a recent road trip to Boston and Philadelphia. This weekend, Washington awaits (Sunday’s meeting will be on TBS at 1:35 p.m. ET).

Other important N.L. meetings this weekend: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, and Atlanta at Philadelphia. St. Louis hosts Houston in an interleague affair (Saturday’s game on FS1 at 7:15 p.m. ET).

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