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Yankees’ World Series Odds Get Worse as Andujar Heads Back to IL

Miguel Andujar
Miguel Andujar is just the latest Yankee to be bitten by the injury bug. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr).
  • Miguel Andujar was the American League Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2018 with 25 homers, 97 RBIs and an .855 OPS
  • The Boston Red Sox have odds of +1000 to win the World Series this year after winning it all in 2018
  • The Houston Astros have a 27-15 record and hold the best odds at +365

The New York Yankees’ injury troubles have been well documented this season. They had as many as 16 regulars out at one point. Jonathan Loaisiga, the replacement for injured left-hander James Paxton, became player number 17 when he was sent to the IL this week with a right rotator cuff strain.

As a result we have seen New York’s average World Series odds go from +570 on May 7th to +670 on May 14th. They are still as short as +650 at one sportsbook.

2019 World Series Odds

Team 2019 World Series Odds
Houston Astros +365
Los Angeles Dodgers +475
New York Yankees +650
Philadelphia Phillies +850
Chicago Cubs +900
Boston Red Sox +1000
Tampa Bay Rays +1200
Milwaukee Brewers +1500
Minnesota Twins +1600
St. Louis Cardinals +1900

Odds taken 05/14/19

Andujar the Latest in a Long Line of Yankees to Go Down

Miguel Andujar, last year’s American League Rookie of the Year runner-up, is headed back to the IL with the same torn right labrum that cost him all of April.

Andujar slashed .297/.328/.527 as a rookie with 25 homers, 97 RBIs, and an .855 OPS in 2018. He had just three hits in 34 at bats on May 4th.

The Yankees have held their own though, and it speaks to the depth they have in the organization.

In a key series last weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays for first in the AL East, they took two of three and remain only half a game back. The Rays are on pace to win 103 game,s but don’t count the Yankees or the Red Sox out just yet.

Red Sox Recover from Disastrous Start

After being swept by the Yankees on April 17th, the Red Sox were a mess at 6-13. They have gone 16-6 since and look to be rounding into their 2018 form.

Mookie Betts, 2018’s AL MVP, has a WAR of 2.0, which can only go up from here.

Chris Sale has also improved since his disastrous 0-4 start. He has a 1.80 ERA in his last 25 innings pitched, allowing 15 hits and five earned runs while striking out 42 batters.

What’s the Best Bet?

With the slightly longer odds for the Yankees, it’s a good time to jump on board and bet on the Bronx Bombers. With all the injuries, they can only get better as the season goes on and players like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return. Take the longer odds while you still can.

Pick: New York Yankees (+650)

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