World Series 2019 – Baseball Betting

The 2019 World Series gets underway this week. It is the 115th edition  and it is all that baseball fans will be talking about for the next couple of weeks. The best-of-seven play-off this year is between the Houston Astros, champions of the American League, and the National League champions the Washington Nationals with the Astros hot favourites to collect the Commissioner’s Trophy in the Fall Classic.

To Win World Series
Astros 47/100
Nationals 7/4

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You could say that the two teams have taken different paths to the World Series.

Washington Nationals – Path to the World Series

The Nationals had to come from behind to beat the Brewers in the National League Wild Card Game and they then then won the final two games of their match-up with the top seeded Dodgers before a crushing defeat of the Central Division champion the Cardinals.

That shows a resilience few thought them capable of but they have had to work hard to reach the World Series for the first time in their 50-year history and taken that additional step is going to be a warm order against a Houston team that won baseball’s biggest prize as recently as 2017.

World Series Winners Since 1990
2018 Boston Red Sox Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1
2017 Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3
2016 Chicago Cubs Cleveland Indians 4-3
2015 Kansas City Royals New York Mets 4-1
2014 San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals 4-3
2013 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals 4-2
2012 San Francisco Giants Detroit Tigers 4-0
2011 St. Louis Cardinals Texas Rangers 4-3
2010 San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers 4-1
2009 New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies 4-2
2008 Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays 4-1
2007 Boston Red Sox Colorado Rockies 4-0
2006 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers 4-1
2005 Chicago White Sox Houston Astros 4-0
2004 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals 4-0
2003 Florida Marlins New York Yankees 4-2
2002 Anaheim Angels San Francisco Giants 4-3
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees 4-3
2000 New York Yankees New York Mets 4-1
1999 New York Yankees Atlanta Braves 4-0
1998 New York Yankees San Diego Padres 4-0
1997 Florida Marlins Cleveland Indians 4-3
1996 New York Yankees Atlanta Braves 4-2
1995 Atlanta Braves Cleveland Indians 4-2
1993 Toronto Blue Jays Philadelphia Phillies 4-2
1992 Toronto Blue Jays Atlanta Braves 4-2
1991 Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves 4-3
1990 Cincinnati Reds Oakland Athletics 4-0

Houston Astros – Path to the World Series

The Astros had the Major League’s best record in the regular season, going 107-55. They made hard work of beating the Rays post-season and then lost the first game of their decider with the Yankees but still made it through to the World Series with a game to spare.

Houston will have home-field advantage and boast a better than 75 per cent win rate at Minute Maid Park this season. Both teams have strong pitching options so the upcoming games are unlikely to produce big scores but the Astros appear to have the trump card in Jose Altuve. His early season was blighted by injury but he has been making up for lost time since, hitting 20 home runs in the regular season and five post season.
It’s very difficult to see the Nationals winning any of four possible games at Minute Maid Park but you can envisage the Astros stealing at least one victory in DC. Three of the last five World Series have gone the distance but Houston can finish off the Nationals ahead of schedule. Houston Astros to win 4-2 in Correct Score betting is 16/5 with William Hill.

Total Number of Games in World Series – Exactly 6

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