Cubs given 6th-best World Series odds; Reds favored as most improved team

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Only five teams have a stronger chance to win the 2019 World Series than the Cubs, according to the latest MLB odds from SportsBettingDime.com. The Cubs are listed at 15/1 to win their second championship in four years, just ahead of the rival Cardinals, who are listed at 16/1.

The Astros are considered the favorites to win the World Series with 7/1 odds, followed by the Yankees (8/1), Dodgers (10/1), Red Sox (10/1) and Phillies (14/1). It appears that signing outfielder Bryce Harper paid off for Philadelphia in terms of boosting its perception as a contender entering the season.

The oddsmakers also like what the Reds and Padres did to their rosters over the winter. Cincinnati is listed as the favorite for most improved team with 5/1 odds. San Diego, which beat out the White Sox to add Manny Machado, is right behind at 11/2.

The White Sox, who didn’t sign Machado but can expect the arrival of Eloy…

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