Odds favor Dodgers-Astros World Series following trade deadline

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The 2019 MLB trade deadline passed Wednesday afternoon with a flurry of late movement.

Chief among them, the Houston Astros acquired former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to add lefty reliever Adam Kolarek from the Tampa Bay Rays and infielder Jedd Gyorko from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both of these teams were among the biggest World Series favorites heading into the deadline. However, moves, or the lack of moves from other teams, did change the dynamic a bit according to Las Vegas.

The oddsmaker My Top Sportsbooks came out with post-deadline odds. And they are rather interesting.

Here are the odds for potential World Series matchups.

  • Dodgers vs Astros: 6/1
  • Dodgers vs Yankees: 8/1
  • Braves vs Astros: 16/1
  • Dodgers vs Indians: 19/1
  • Braves vs Yankees: 20/1

The Atlanta Braves made the biggest jump in odds after acquiring multiple relief pitchers in hopes of upgrading one of the few weaknesses the young team boasts.

Atlanta picked up Detroit Tigers All-Star closer Shane Greene and former San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon.

It’s rather interesting that the Yankees’ odds have not changed too much following a completely inactive deadline and with two core pieces now on the injured list.

As it relates to championship odds, the Dodgers remain favored after making two consecutive appearances in the World Series.

  • Dodgers: 4/1
  • Astros: 5/1
  • Yankees: 6/1
  • Braves: 11/1
  • Cubs: 13/1
  • Indians: 16/1
  • Nationals: 17/1
  • Red Sox: 18/1
  • Twins: 18/1

It’s rather clear that the betting community is not bullish on the Boston Red Sox after they were also inactive during the trade deadline.

If we were to pick one sleeper, it would be the Minnesota Twins. They are on pace to break the single-season home run mark and just added two quality relievers in that of Sergio Romo and Sam Dyson at the deadline.

Meanwhile, the Indians could give Minnesota a run for its money in the AL Central after acquiring sluggers Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes in a Trevor Bauer three-team trade on Tuesday.