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Yankees 2019 World Series Odds Keep Getting Better Approaching Opening Day

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The odds of the New York Yankees winning the 2019 World Series continue to improve. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License].
  • The odds of the New York Yankees winning the 2019 World Series continue to shorten
  • The line on them winning the fall classic has gone from +800 to +580 in two months
  • They most recently won the World Series in 2009

When it comes to the World Series, the New York Yankees are in a slump. The Bronx Bombers last captured the Fall Classic in 2009. That nine-year stretch without a World Series win is the longest drought the franchise has endured since a 17-season skid between 1978-96.

But there’s a growing movement exemplified in the betting lines on them that this could be the year the World Series title returns to the team that lives in the House That Ruth Built. The average World Series odds on the Yankees across the leading sportsbooks currently stand at +580. Those average odds were +800 on Jan. 28 and +600 on Feb. 20, so there’s been plenty of action on the Yankees over the past two months.

Odds to Win 2019 World Series

Team Odds to Win 2019 World Series at Bovada
Boston Red Sox +600
Houston Astros +600
New York Yankees +600
Los Angeles Dodgers +700
Philadelphia Phillies +850

*Odds taken March 23

Bovada list them at +600 co-favorites to win it all along with the defending champion Boston Red Sox and the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros.

They’ve Got The Power

Going all the way back to Babe Ruth and the so-called Murderers’ Row batting order of the 1920s and 1930s, the Yankees have been a franchise romanticized by the long ball.

Ruth hit 60 homers in 1927 and that stood as the standard until Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were racing after the record in 1961. Maris ended up shattering the mark with 61 dingers.

In the 1970s, Reggie Jackson’s towering drives into the seats defined the Yankees’ World Series wins. In more recent history, Alex Rodriguez was the the chief Bronx Bomber when it came to the long ball.

Last season, the Yankees signed Giancarlo Stanton as a free agent, fresh off his 59-homer campaign for the Miami Marlins. The truth is, they didn’t really need him. It was kind of like the U.S. Government ordering up more military might.

In 2017, the Yankees led the major leagues with 241 home runs. That was one of the 16 greatest home-run seasons in big-league history. With Stanton on board in 2018, they clouted 267 homers, setting a new major-league standard. Six players hit at least 27 taters.

Don’t Wait . . . Bet The Yankees Today

With that kind of offensive prowess, the Yankees won’t need Cy Young-caliber pitching to win games. They got some good news this week when ace starter Luis Severino (rotator cuff inflammation) threw pain-free for two straight days.

With newcomers James Paxton and Gio Gonzalexz added to Severino, J.A. Happ, C.C. Sabathia and Mashahiro Tanaka, that’s a much deeper rotation.

The toughest test for the Yankees will be winning the AL over the Red Sox and Astros. But they will.

Since trading for Ruth in 1919, the Bronx Bombers have won at least one World Series in every decade. They will keep that streak alive this season.

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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.