The Houston Astros are now the new favorite to win the 2019 World Series at 11/4 odds or +275 on the moneyline after they added another ace by acquiring pitcher Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the LA Dodgers. (Image: Sarah Stier/Getty)

The LA Dodgers (71-39) had been at the top of the board all season. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 71-39 and opened a 15-game lead in the NL West. According to William Hill, the Dodgers are 3/1 odds to win the World Series after advancing consecutive runner-up finishes.

The Astros have been ironing out a few wrinkles after a rare rough patch. With the addition of Greinke, they’ve uploaded a rotation that already had Justin Verlander look as good as he’s ever been. The upgrade instantly boosted Houston Astros World Series odds.

UPDATED WORLD SERIES ODDS:
Houston Astros +275
LA Dodgers +300
NY Yankees +350
Atlanta Braves +800
Minnesota Twins +900

The NY Yankees (68-39) did not want to give up the farm for any pitchers at the trade deadline. Time will tell if GM Brian Cashman gambled correctly by standing pat. Or he blew a chance to prevent the Astros from winning a second title in three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves (64-45) are still looking like a solid pick at 8/1 odds. They are roughly 7 games ahead of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies in the AL East.

The Minnesota Twins (66-41) are trying to hold off a surge from the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland ditched Trevor Bauer for a chance to upgrade their outfield with the addition of Yasiel Puig.

Another Ace in Houston

Justin Verlander is having a Cy Young season with a 14-4 record. He has a stellar 0.81 WHIP and 2.73 ERA in 23 starts.

Gerrit Cole is also having a banner year. Cole is 12-5 in 23 starts with a 2.94 ERA and 1.00 ERA.

Meanwhile, Wade Miley (9-4) is closing in on 10 victories. He’s got a 306 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

Greinke is 35 but he had a great year with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 10-4 in 23 starts with a 2.90ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Greinke is closing in on 200 wins and he’s three shy. Over his career, he is 197-122 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.16 ERA.

In 11 playoff starts with the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, Greinke is only 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA in the postseason.

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