It’s been an exciting 2019 season, though one thing has been made very clear. The American League has been far more dominant than the National League, and as you’ll see, the majority of the top contenders (per the odds makers), hail from the AL.
1) LA Dodgers (+275)
There have not been any areas where this team has not been absolutely dominant this year, as they have gotten off to a 44-21 start. As the only NL team with more than 36 wins, they have been tearing up the competition, ripping them to pieces. Cody Bellinger is having a magnificent season, and it can be argued that ONLY Christian Yelich has been playing better. His average is 362, and he’s got 20 HRs and 54 RBI’s.
They have the starting pitching and bullpen to make a run, plus an excess of offense. This team is capable of finally getting over the hump and winning the series under Dave Roberts.
2) Houston Astros (+300)
Right behind LA, we have the Houston Astros, who also have 44 wins on the season. Despite dealing with injuries to Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa, they have continued to defeat their competition. Justin Verlander is 36 years old and having yet another career-year, while Gerrit Cole is striking out batters at a Randy Johnson type of pace. The depth of this team is what helped them to win the World Series in 2017, and it could very well be what helps them to do it again.
They have all the pieces in place to pick up their second title in three years and to keep the trophy in the AL.
3) New York Yankees (+550)
After getting off to a slow start, the Yankees have been playing extremely well. Despite losing six of their past nine, they currently sit atop the AL East with a 39-24 record. They have dealt with more injuries than any other team in the league, hardly having Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton available. They have used third and fourth-string guys, with a good number of starters beginning the season on different teams. In being able to show they can play well with all of their backups and newcomers, they prove that when healthy, they are a contender.
New York is a team to watch as the season winds forward.
4) Minnesota Twins (+700)
It’s a very pleasant surprise to see the Twins in here under first-year manager Rocco Baldelli. He’s done a bang-up job in Minnesota, helping his team to a 42-21 record, sitting atop the AL Central. Seven different players have launched 10+ home runs this year, with Eddie Rosario’s 18 leading the charge. It’s also nice to see Byron Buxton stealing bases well in an era that sees it far less. Their starting pitching has also been as good as any team in the entire league, a consistent closer perhaps the only thing they are missing.
Keep your eye on the Twins, as they look to make a run.