The 2019 ALCS and NLCS are both now underway. The Washington Nationals have a 2-0 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. In the ALCS, The New York Yankees have a 1-0 series lead over the Houston Astros after winning 7-0 on Saturday night. With both Championship Series having kicked off, now is a great time to make your bets for each series winner as well as the World Series winner.
We’ll start with the most obvious bet. The Nationals have a commanding 2-0 series lead after taking the first two games in St. Louis. Now the series heads to Washington for the next three games with the Nationals possibly having two chances to clinch the series at home.
Stephen Strasburg will pitch Game 3 for the Nationals and will go up against Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals. Both pitchers put together great seasons but Strasburg has been the better pitcher in the playoffs. The Cardinals offense has struggled throughout most of the regular season and most of the postseason as well. They have scored a total of 27 runs in seven games with 20 of those runs coming in two games. St. Louis has scored one or fewer runs in four of their playoff games. The Nationals are in a great spot to take a 3-0 series lead. In Game 4, the Nationals have the advantage on the mound again as Patrick Corbin gets the start against Dakota Hudson.
With a struggling offense and a weaker pitching staff, the Cardinals odds to pull this series off aren’t looking too good. The one weakness of the Nationals this season has been their bullpen, but not this postseason. The Washington bullpen has pitched great and if they continue to do so they can certainly make this a great World Series against either the Yankees or Astros. The Nationals odds to win the NLCS currently sit at -650, so that bet really doesn’t carry much value. Considering they have the best chance to make the World Series of the four remaining teams, the bet for them to win the World Series does carry some solid value. If their bullpen continues to perform this well, Washington could certainly win it all this year.
Nationals to Win The World Series +190
The Astros dropped Game 1 of the ALCS in somewhat surprising fashion. Losing to the Yankees wasn’t all that surprising despite Houston being a -145 favorite. Losing 7-0, however, that was a bit surprising. Still, the Astros are my favorite to win this series and will almost certainly rebound with a better performance in Game 2.
Game 2 of the ALCS matches up James Paxton of the Yankees against Justin Verlander of the Astros. Paxton put together a solid season but struggled against the Minnesota Twins in his only appearance this postseason. Verlander appears to be the favorite to win the AL Cy Young and pitched a gem in his first appearance this postseason but did struggle in his last. Regardless, you don’t want to ever bet against Verlander. I fully expect him to rebound with another great performance on Sunday night as the Astros nod this series up at 1-1 before heading to New York.
New York yankees
Since the Yankees won the first game of the series they are currently favored to win the series with -138 odds. Down 0-1, the Astros sit at +118. This is the best time to get your money on the Astros. This is the best time to take this team at plus money. Down 0-1 isn’t an issue and they are still the better team in this series. They have the two best pitchers in the A.L. this season in Verlander and Gerrit Cole (who will start Game 3). Houston has the advantage in both of those games and should take a 2-1 series lead after three games.
Assuming Houston does take that 2-1 series lead, the Astros will most likely throw Zack Greinke back out for Game 4. If that is the case and the Yankees get to Greinke again and even the series at 2-2, the Astros will have Verlander and Cole to try and clinch this series in the next two games (with Game 6 being in Houston). Those are a lot of hypothetical situations but appear to be the most likely of outcomes at this time. Houston losing Game 1 is a great thing for bettors. We can now get the Astros at plus money (+118) to win the ALCS.