While the beginning of the Major League Baseball season is still a couple months away, New Jersey sportsbooks have the New York Yankees as the team to beat this term. The New York Mets also have decent World Series futures odds, but it does not help their cause that they play in the tough National League East division.
The Yankees have it all with a solid pitching staff and a couple of big-name sluggers in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The rich got richer in the off-season, as the Yankees won the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes and signed the free-agent ace to a $324 million deal over nine years – the fourth-biggest contract in MLB history.
No matter what New Jersey sportsbook you check out, the Yankees have the best World Series odds. DraftKings and PointsBet have them at +350 and FanDuel has them at +375. Other teams that have solid odds are the Los Angeles Dodgers (+550), Houston Astros (+600), and the defending champion Washington Nationals (+1500). The Astros are loaded, but it remains to be seen how the stealing-signs scandal will affect their play on the field.
The Yankees are hot favorites to take out the American League East title. PointsBet has them at -278 to win the division, DraftKings has them at -268, and FanDuel has them at -300. The Dodgers have the shortest odds across the six MLB divisions, with some NJ bookmakers going as low as -1000 for the LA franchise to win the National League West.
DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointBet have the win total for the Yankees at 101.5. DraftKings and PointsBet are paying -110 for the over and the under, while FanDuel has the over at -132 with the under at +105.
Cole was the big-name acquisition this season, and New Jersey betting sites have plenty of prop bets and futures for the former Astros ace. The Yankees hurler is offering +430 at FanDuel to win the Cy Young Award and +3000 at DraftKings to have more than 20 strikeouts in any game this season.
The Mets are hoping their strong finish to last season continues this term. Most NJ sportsbooks have them among the top 10 teams in the World Series outright betting. They have a solid staff led by a couple of aces in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and have reigning rookie of the year Pete Alonso, who set the rookie record for home runs last season.
PointsBet and FanDuel have the Mets at +2000 to win the World Series, while FanDuel and DraftKings have them at +1000 to win the National League Pennant. DraftKings has the Mets at +325 to win the stacked National League East division, behind the Atlanta Braves (+180), Washington Nationals (+250), and Philadelphia Phillies (+300). However, FanDuel and PointsBet have the Mets with the third-best odds to win the division, ahead of the Phillies.