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Yankees’ 2019 World Series Odds Worsen Following Encarnacion Deal

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in MLB Baseball

Updated Mar 26, 2020 · 2:05 PM PDT

Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion has just joined the New York Yankees, yet the Yanks' World Series odds have still lengthened. Photo by @nypost (Twitter)
  • The Yankees World Series Odds have lengthened despite adding AL home run leader Edwin Encarnacion
  • The move upgrades one of the best offenses in baseball, but does nothing to help their struggling starting rotation
  • Should bettors jump on the Yankees’ new odds?

The New York Yankees championship prospects took a hit this week according to online sportsbooks, despite trading for the American League home run leader.

2019 World Series Odds

Team 2019 World Series Odds
Houston Astros +275
Los Angeles Dodgers +275
New York Yankees +700
Minnesota Twins +700
Atlanta Braves +1000
Chicago Cubs +1400
Boston Red Sox +1400
Tampa Bay Rays +1400
Philadelphia Phillies +1600
Milwaukee Brewers +1800

*Odds taken 06/18/19

The Yankees average World Series odds fell from +500 to +550, and they’re now priced identically to the Minnesota Twins.

The addition of Edwin Encarnacion bolsters one of baseball’s most powerful lineups when healthy, and gives the Yankees three of the best sluggers in the game.

The Yankees Lineup Is Loaded

Despite missing Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge for nearly the last two months, New York has still lived up to its reputation as the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees rank top-5 in the AL in home runs, runs, average, OPS and run differential.

Stanton returned to action Tuesday, while Judge is expected back this week, and the addition of Encarnacion makes their lineup virtually impossible to pitch around.

The problem is their offense was already a major strength, and the trade does nothing to improve their biggest leak, which is their starting rotation.

Pitching Is Still a Concern

New York’s starters currently own an ERA over 4.00 and have produced just 23 quality starts all season. James Paxton has been a disappointment in his first season in pinstripes, while CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka have struggled as well.

The eventual return of Luis Severino should help, but his timetable remains a mystery.

They were outbid in the Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes and with no bluechip arms in the farm system, the Yankees will need to add another bonafide starter soon if they hope to retain the division lead. Until they do, I’d look elsewhere to find World Series value, and I’d start with the team just below New York in the standings.

The Rays Represent Good Value

Tampa Bay has hit a bit of a rough patch in their schedule which is fine because it’s dropped their World Series odds to +1400. Their pitching staff is historically good, and their run differential is superior than the Yankees.

They’re the only team in baseball with more than four hitters with a weighted runs created plus (wRC+) of at least 120, and they have a solid grip on the AL’s first wildcard.

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