Predicting the 2019 MLB Playoffs – Which Team Will Win the World Series? (Betting For The Cycle)

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The 2019 MLB Postseason has finally arrived! After 162 regular season games, the field has been narrowed from 30 franchises down to just 10 teams vying for a chance to become World Series champions. In our season finale of “Betting For The Cycle”, Drew Goldfarb, Jim Beviglia and Taylor Smith give you their betting picks for everything from the Wild Card Games to the World Series. It’s baseball’s bracket season! When you’re ready to place some bets, check out top picks for baseball betting sites.

MLB Wild Card Games – Who Advances to Series Play?

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On Tuesday night, the postseason gets started with the National League Wild Card Game. The Milwaukee Brewers nearly forced their way into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for the division lead in the NL Central, but fell just short. Instead of playing a tiebreaker game on Monday night (and trying to win their way into a meeting with the Atlanta Braves), the Brew Crew head to Washington, D.C., where they’ll take on the Nationals. Brandon Woodruff is expected to start for Milwaukee (though his pitch count will likely remain limited), while the Nats counter with their ace, Max Scherzer.

Then on Wednesday, the American League Wild Card Game in California! The Oakland Athletics secured the top Wild Card spot this season, and they’ll host the Tampa Bay Rays in the win-or-go-home contest on Wednesday night. While the A’s are yet to announce a starting pitcher (as of the writing of this article), the Rays will send Charlie Morton to the mound.

ALDS and NLDS Predictions – Best-of-5 Series Picks

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The winner of each Wild Card Game will get a ticket to the League Division Series, where each will take on their League’s top-seeded division winner. In the National League, that means the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have qualified for the World Series in each of the last two seasons, and are hoping the third time is the charm. Despite all of their success, L.A. has not won a World Series since 1988.

In the other National League Division Series matchup, the NL East-winning Atlanta Braves take on the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals surged in the second half to qualify for the MLB Playoffs, as they sat in third place in their division at the All-Star break. The Braves, meanwhile, have a talented rotation and solid lineup, though the health of star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. will be a key to any postseason success.

As for the American League, the winner of the Wild Card Game gets a date with the Houston Astros. Houston posted the best record in the Majors in 2019, winning 107 games, and will have home-field advantage throughout their playoff run. Boasting perhaps the best rotation in baseball – especially when shortened for the postseason – the Astros seem destined to make another deep run. Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are both legitimate Cy Young contenders this season, having each recorded 300 strikeouts during the 2019 campaign. Rounding out a Big Three of starting pitchers is Zack Greinke, a trade deadline acquisition and a 16-year veteran.

Finally, the New York Yankees host the Minnesota Twins in the other ALDS matchup. The Yankees pressed the Astros for the top spot in the American League until the final week of the regular season, but ultimately fell just short of Houston’s record. These teams bring the two most powerful offenses (statistically-speaking) in Major League Baseball, with the Yankees having scored 943 runs this season and the Twins tallying 939. The third-highest-scoring offense in the Majors in 2019 belonged to Houston, who scored 920 runs. Both the Yankees (103) and the Twins (101) finished the season with over 100 wins. It’s the first time the Twins surpassed the 100-win mark since 1965, a year they lost the World Series to the Dodgers.

2019 World Series Betting Predictions

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If you’re looking to bet on a World Series winner, the Houston Astros are currently the betting favorites, posting odds of +190 to win it all. From the National League, the betting favorites are the Los Angeles Dodgers, coming in at +250 to snap their 31-year championship drought. The New York Yankees (+350) and Atlanta Braves (+600) are the only other teams with odds shorter than +1000. If you’re looking for a longshot to bet on, the Tampa Bay Rays (+2000) and Milwaukee Brewers (+1700) provide the biggest potential payouts to win the 2019 World Series.

To get our experts’ picks for how they think the 2019 postseason will play out, check out the video at the top of this page.

Drew Goldfarb

Drew has been covering sports professionally since 2007, covering sports of all kinds in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA. In addition to covering college sports, he also spent two seasons working with the NHL's Florida Panthers as part of their TV broadcast team, as well as reporting and anchoring for AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports affiliates, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU. Drew has also ...

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