The 2019 MLB season will be the first full season within the new legal sports betting industry in New Jersey. There are currently 14 NJ online sportsbooks, which far exceeds any other state in the nation.
The total sports betting handle for NJ has now exceeded $2 BILLION since June 2018. A full MLB season that will include nearby action involving Bryce Harper in Philly, along with the Yankees and Mets just across the bridge in NY, could be big!
Important Dates For 2019 Baseball Season
– March 20-21, 2019 Mariners, A’s open regular season in Tokyo
– March 28, 2019 Opening Day
– April 13-14, 2019 Reds vs. Cardinals in Monterrey, Mexico
– May 4-5, 2019 Astros vs. Angels in Monterrey, Mexico
– June 3-5, 2019 MLB Draft
– June 13, 2019 MLB in Omaha (Royals vs. Tigers)
– June 29-30, 2019 Mitel & MLB Present London 2019 (Red Sox vs. Yankees)
– July 9, 2019 MLB All-Star Game, Progressive Field in Cleveland
– Aug. 18, 2019 MLB Little League Classic (Cubs vs. Pirates Williamsport,PA)
– Sept. 29, MLB regular season ends
World Series Odds
Are the Red Sox primed for a repeat? Could the LA Dodgers play in their third straight World Series? Are the Phillies now a true contender after signing Bryce Harper?
The latest odds to win the World Series from leading NJ Sportsbooks are located below.
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MLB Team Win Totals
One of the most exciting times of the baseball offseason is when sportsbooks release MLB Teams Over-Under Win Totals for the new season. Sports bettors and MLB fans alike immediately check to see what the oddsmakers think of each MLB team for the upcoming season.
MLB Team Win Totals can move quickly based upon injury news and free agent signings. Check out three “Over” picks we have for the 2019 MLB season below.
Minnesota Twins Over 83.5 Wins
I’m honestly shocked at this total. Sure, the Twins don’t boast the most impressive rotation in the majors but have you looked at that lineup!? Realistically, I think every starter has double-digit home run potential and this offense should score a TON of runs. In an offseason that I don’t think enough people are talking about, the Twins added Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron, Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop. Both Cruz and Cron hit 30+ home runs while Schoop and Gonzalez hit 21 and 16. That is a LOT of power to add to a team that ranked 23rd in 2018 in home runs. When looking at the lineup from top to bottom, we have five or six players who could realistically hit at least 20 bombs.
The huge question mark will be the pitching. Jose Berrios will continue to be the ace of the staff and he should continue to make strides. It’s the rest of the rotation that keeps potential bettors up at night. Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi, Michael Pineda and Martin Perez is not a list I’d compile of a team bound for the World Series. Gibson was the only pitcher to end the 2018 season with an ERA below 4 (Pineda was out for the season due to Tommy John surgery). Perez couldn’t finish the year in the Rangers rotation while Odorizzi ended with a 4.49 ERA, his second straight season with an ERA over 4. If the Twins can get a bit more consistency in their rotation, they can easily push 90 games in the win column.
In all, I think taking the Twins on the over is the play here. They should be able to feast on a really weak division as the Tigers, Royals and White Sox shouldn’t be in contention. If the Twins can improve in their one-run game record from last season, which was 15-21, they could not only exceed the win total but act as a legitimate threat to the Indians atop the American League Central.
St. Louis Cardinals Over 88.5 Wins
The Cardinals are coming off a 2018 season that saw them win 88 games. Currently, the DraftKings Sportsbook is giving them a half-game advantage over their total despite some big additions over the offseason. Paul Goldschmidt will bring some needed pop in the heart of their lineup while Andrew Miller will help bolster down the tail end of their bullpen. Is it enough to see them reach 89 wins?
The Goldschmidt acquisition will have a ripple effect to the surrounding hitters and most importantly, Marcell Ozuna. He was easily a forgettable acquisition for the Cardinals as his production dropped off dramatically from his time with the Marlins. With a legitimate hitter in front of him in Goldschmidt, it should allow Ozuna to see more pitches and help bring up his numbers back in the area of his 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 2017 with the Marlins. Another year up in the majors should also see strides for Harrison Bader, who I think will be one of the unsung heroes for the Cardinals. His mix of speed and power for the Cardinals will be a factor that not much seem to be banking on at this juncture but should be.
Their pitching staff is also being underrated. When you look at the 1-5, no one really grabs your attention. Jack Flaherty is coming off a stellar 2018 that was backed by a 29.6 K% and a 13.3% swing-and-miss rate. While some regression is likely in store and his BB% are a concern, he has the stuff to be an elite starter. Pitching behind the resurgent Miles Mikolas give the Cardinals a powerful 1-2 punch and one that should bring them plenty of success. It’ll take a few pieces to fall into place but I think over 88.5 takes the cake in 2019.
New York Mets Over 85.5 Wins
It’s tough to trust the Mets with your money. Give them credit, they did a ton of work this offseason to make them a much better club than the year prior when they won 77 games. Some of their offensive upgrades include Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos. In the bullpen, they’ll now feature Edwin Diaz and the reacquiring of Jeurys Familia. With that in mind, they have some serious potential to exceed 85.5 with a revamped offense and some solid arms to help close out games.
I went over this a bit already in my article about a Yankees/Mets win total prop bet but Jacob deGrom put the Mets to win so many more games than they did. Ending the season with 28 quality starts but only earning 10 wins should be a crime punishable by death. Their win total could have easily swayed if the offense could given deGrom some run support. For reference, deGrom averaged just 3.1 runs in games he started. German Marquez of the Rockies lead the league with an insane 7.2 runs per start. While we can’t expect deGrom to have that type of season again, this offense will help them improve the 4.1 runs per game they averaged last season, which ranked amongst the worst in the league at 23.
When it comes to the offense, they acquired a little bit of everything. Cano and Ramos will provide some much-needed power while Lowrie will bring a consistent on-base threat. In my opinion, Lowrie is one of the X factors here. He owns an on-base percentage of at least .353 and 157 hits over the last two years. While he won’t be with the team to begin the year, his addition will be a huge upgrade. I’m buying the over on 85.5 wins.