The Cleveland Indians have 10/1 odds to win the 2019 World Series according to odds released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Even though most fans have a negative outlook when it comes to the upcoming Cleveland Indians season, oddsmakers do not feel the same way. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released their World Series odds and the Indians come in at 10/1.
Cleveland comes in with the fifth-best chances in baseball and fourth-best among American League teams. The Astros, Yankees and Red Sox being favorites over the Tribe in the American League. The Dodgers are the only National League team ahead of Cleveland.
Apparently the ones setting the odds have not overreacted to Cleveland’s offseason moves. Moves that have seen the Indians trade away Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz and Yonder Alonso. Additionally free agency has not been kind as Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Michael Brantley all have new places to call home. Players the fans wanted the Indians to retain no matter the cost.
The Indians will have to rely on a mix of old and new in 2019
The team will have to rely on some familiar faces and some not so familiar in 2019. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana will be counted on heavily to carry the offense. The starting rotation will be carried by their excellent pitching staff. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber are arguably the best rotation in baseball.
The question marks in regards to the Indians are in the outfield and bullpen. The outfield is full of a bunch of players which classify as the flier variety while the bullpen is being patched back together. Of course this is due to the team wanting to reel in their payroll rather than spend heavily on aging players.
There is also the likely possibly that the team makes a trade midseason. This is appears to be an inevitably as the team as it is currently constructed is not a complete product. There is also the fact that the team will evaluate the production from their outfielders and make moves accordingly. Moves that appear to be an inevitability.
Las Vegas is not in the business of giving money away
What is important to consider is that Las Vegas is in the business of making money. These odds may be there just to entice people to place that bet and not necessarily an accurate reflection of the actual talent on the roster. Although it is a bit curious that Vegas is so high on a club that many analysts and fans alike are not. There is the factor of what does Vegas know that nobody else does. That is the mystery when it comes to odds. Sometimes Vegas clearly knows more than everyone else. Other times it is a clear error on their part. Time will tell if the Indians odds before Spring Training even starts are too high or not high enough.