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World Series Odds For Final Four Teams
And then there were four; as the Houston Astros and New York Yankees are set to battle in the American League, the San Diego Padres take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League, and we are two seven-game series away from knowing who will be in the World Series.
With teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and New York Mets knocked out, there has been quite a shuffle in terms of the best odds to win the World Series. With the championship set to start on Friday, October 28, let’s take a look at the updated odds to win it all this season.
Houston Astros (+150)
As the only (+100) odds team from the regular season remaining, the Houston Astros have leaped to the best odds as they are set to play in their sixth straight ALCS, a record in the American League.
Houston ranked eighth in the majors this season in runs per game (4.55) and second in scoring defense (allowing 3.19 runs to opponents per game). Their offense is led by sluggers like Yordan Alvarez (.306 avg, 37 HR, 97 RBI), Kyle Tucker (30 HR, 107 RBI, 25 SB), Jose Altuve (.300 avg, 28 HR, 103 R), Alex Bregman (23 HR, 93 RBI), and Jeremy Pena (22 HR, 72 R).
On the mound, the team has an amazing trio of pitchers in Justin Verlander (18-4, 1.75 ERA), Framber Valdez (17-6, 2.82 ERA), and Lance McCullers Jr (4-2, 2.27 ERA)
The Astros also have the advantage of having home field advantage throughout the rest of the playoffs as a result of having the best record of any remaining team during the regular season.
New York Yankees (+280)
It is impossible to talk about the success of the Yankees without talking about Aaron Judge. He had a historic season as he hit .311/.425/.686 with an American League record 62 home runs, 131 runs batted in, and 133 runs scored.
With Anthony Rizzo (32 HR, 75 RBI), Giancarlo Stanton (31 HR, 78 RBI), and Gleyber Torres (24 HR, 76 RBI) in the lineup, it is no wonder why they ranked second in scoring at 4.95 runs per game.
Defensively, they ranked third in scoring defense, allowing 3.19 runs per game. Their rotation is anchored by the two-headed monster of Gerrit Cole (13-8, 3.50 ERA, 257 K) and Nestor Cortes (12-4, 2.44 ERA).
San Diego Padres (+500)
The Padres rode an emotional NLDS to a win over their NL West rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. While knocking out the Dodgers may have felt like a World Series win in itself, they will be looking for the team’s first World Series win in franchise history.
San Diego’s pitching ranked 10th in the majors this season with a combined 3.77 ERA. Yu Darvish (16-8, 3.10 ERA) and Joe Musgrove (10-7, 2.93 ERA) led the way for San Diego’s rotation. The Padres also have a shutdown bullpen, including closer Josh Hader, who had 36 saves in 40 chances this season between the Brewers and Padres.
Offensively, the team is led by Manny Machado and Juan Soto. Machado had an impeccable season, hitting .289/.366/.531 with 32 home runs, 102 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored.
The Padres big trade deadline acquisition was Juan Soto. In 182 at-bats with San Diego, he hit .236/.388/.390 with six home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Philadelphia Phillies (+250)
The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in the postseason, having swept the Cardinals and having beaten the defending champion Braves three games to one in the divisional series.
Despite having just 370 at-bats during the regular season due to injury, Bryce Harper has been electric thus far in the postseason. He is hitting .423/.464/1.000 with four home runs and seven runs batted in.
The best hitter for Philadelphia during the regular season was Kyle Schwarber. He hit 46 bombs and drove in 94 runs. He was a big reason why the Phillies ranked seventh in scoring at 4.64 runs per game.
On the mound, Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) and Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) lead an underrated pitching staff for Philadelphia.
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