In the grand tradition of looking ahead to next year the moment a season ends, bettors already have opening odds for the 2019 World Series.
The Washington Nationals opened with 16-1 odds to win it all next year, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which puts the team among the top 10 best bets in baseball but keeps them removed from the heavy favorites.
The 2018 champion Boston Red Sox are co-favorites to repeat, opening at 6-1 alongside the 2017 champion Houston Astros. Behind them at 7-1 are the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Any forecaster will tell you that Bryce Harper’s 2019 landing spot will affect these odds in a big way. Harper is entering free agency, and although he’s expressed fondness for his time playing in Washington, the Nationals are unlikely to give the slugger his best offer.
Incidentally, this time last year, the Nationals were given 7-1 odds to win the 2018 Fall Classic. They were the fourth-shortest odds in the league, but Washington disappointed many in 2018 and missed the postseason.