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- The second-half of the MLB season begins on Thursday night.
- Stuckey breaks down each division race and analyzes which teams are worth making an investment in the futures market.
We seem destined for either a Dodgers vs. Yankees major market blockbuster World Series or a rematch of the 2017 matchup between the Dodgers and Astros. Those three teams have the best futures odds to win the 2019 Fall Classic and should all be in the dance come October.
That said, we’ve seen plenty of October curveballs over the years. From 2002 to 2004, three consecutive wild-card teams won the World Series and two more won earlier this decade (2011 Cardinals, 2014 Giants). In 2002 and 2014 both teams in the Fall Classic qualified via the wild card.
In such a high-variance sport, I generally want no part of any team under 10-1 to win the World Series. And those three favorites I mentioned are all under 5-1.
Having three teams with such short odds could potentially create value in the market for other contenders, which is where my attention is heading into the stretch.