Astros Take Over as New World Series Favorites

After a dominant performance against the White Sox, the Houston Astros are now favorites to win the World Series.
After a dominant performance against the White Sox, the Houston Astros are now favorites to win the World Series. / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Love them or hate them, the Houston Astros are playing amazing baseball as we head deeper into October. Houston made short work of the Chicago White Sox, surrendering just one win to them in the ALDS. After that dominant series, the Astros have taken the top spot on the odds board from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the new favorites at WynnBET Sportsbook to win the World Series

Latest Odds to Win the World Series

  • Houston Astros: +200
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +350
  • San Fransisco Giants +375
  • Boston Red Sox +400
  • Atlanta Braves +500

The odds might shift back in favor of the Dodgers if they manage to win Game 5 of the NLDS tonight against the San Francisco Giants. So, if you are looking to bet on the Astros to go all the way, I suggest waiting until later tonight or tomorrow for the odds to get a little better, as I suspect L.A. wins Game 5. For now, the Astros are No. 1 so let’s explore that a bit more and see if they deserve to be the World Series favorites after the NLDS concludes. 

Astros -140 to win ALCS

It makes sense that the Astros are favorites in this series, otherwise, the Boston Red Sox would be atop the World Series odds. The series kicks off Friday, marking the second time in the last four years that these two teams have met in the ALCS. Boston came out on top in 2018 before going on to win it all but oddsmakers don’t see it going that way this time around. 

As impressive as Houston was in their series against the White Sox, Boston looked even better against the defending AL pennant-winning Tampa Bay Rays. The BoSox smacked the Rays around and took the series in four games. 

Despite this, the Astros earned their status as favorites heading into the season. They rank first in runs per game with 5.39. A number they shattered in their last three games in which they averaged 8.33 runs. Houston also has the sixth best pitching staff in terms of ERA in the Majors. With a tidy ERA of 3.78, the Red Sox will have to dig a little deeper than usual to find the runs they need to win. 

Boston meanwhile ranks 15th in ERA with an average of 4.26 on the season. The Red Sox last three games have seen that number grow to 4.35 and 5.00 in their last game out. 

In their fifth ALCS in so many years, the Astros also have the luxury of home-field advantage with games 1-2 and 6-7 taking place at Minute Maid Pawk while Fenway will host games 3-4-5. 

While the Astros have a better team in terms of statistical ranks, these two squads match up rather well and this should be a series that sees 6 or 7 games in my opinion. I do think the Astros come out on top but I’m still holding off until Game 5 is over tonight to make a move on any futures bet on the ‘Stros. 

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