Not for better, but for worse, the Houston Astros have been on the wrong side of two historic defeats the past two weeks. In both games, Justin Verlander was the starting pitcher for the Astros. Although Verlander only allowed two hits, the Detroit Tigers beat the Astros 2-1 in a historic upset.
Caesars Sportsbook closed the Tigers as +435 underdogs, which means if you bet on the Tigers to win, you would have to bet $100 to win $435. Those odds are so lopsided that you would almost bet your house on the Astros to win.
Less than two weeks ago, the Astros were -460 favorites over the Baltimore Orioles (+390). In that game, the Astros lost 8-7 in a tough road battle. Before the loss to the Tigers, the Orioles upset was the largest upset since the Washington Nationals beat the Minnesota Twins as +395 underdogs in 2007. In back-to-back weeks, the Astros have lost two of the three most historical upsets in MLB history.
The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Moving forward, the Astros should mentally put the loses behind them, but such historic feats can sit in the back of your mind. The Astros still lead the AL West, with the Oakland Athletics seven games behind. Only the famous New York Yankees have a better record than the Astros in the AL.
On most websites, the Astros are still the World Series favorites, checking it at roughly +225. In the AL, the Yankees follow them at +450. Based on the bets, the speculation is that either the Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers or Yankees will win the World Series. Everyone knows of the postseason struggles by the Dodgers this decade. If they’re able to escape the NL, which they’re large favorites to do so, they will more-than likely be matched against the Astros or Yankees. Both are tough squads who can consistently battle them with pitching or hitting.