After coming off one of the worst seasons in the history of baseball, there are still a few (crazy) people out there who are willing to back the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series in 2019.
At William Hill Sportsbook in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, there have been more bets placed on the O's to win their first World Series title since 1983 than 10 other Major League teams.
After finishing the 2018 season 47-115, odds are as long as 2000-1 for the O's to turn it completely around in 2019. But on Monday, a $500 wager was placed on the team at 1,000-1 odds.
"I went in and expected to find two, maybe three of them," Erich Zimny, vice president of race and sports at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia said via ESPN. "I see 39 futures bets on the Orioles to win the World Series in amounts ranging from $2 to $50."
The SuperBook opened the Orioles' season win total at 59.5, the lowest season win total that SuperBook oddsmakers have ever opened on a team, according to ESPN. As of Wednesday, that number has gone down to 58.5. Since the MLB introduced a 162-game schedule, teams have won less than 59 games only 2.1 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
With a new manager, general manager and staples like Adam Jones and Manny Machado now over on the West Coast, you can see why the odds aren't in the Orioles' favor. Their 2018 season saw the Orioles send Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Darren O'Day, Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop elsewhere as they quickly realized a complete rebuild was necessary.
And as the Orioles look ahead to a fresh start in 2019, they're starting their season with designated hitter Mark Trumbo on the 60-day DL, and Alex Cobb, who was supposed to be their Opening Day starter, on the 10-day DL.
While there are a few crazy kids out there who believe there's a chance, sixty percent of the money wagered on the odds for the most losses during the 2019 season belongs to the O's.
Baltimore opens their season Thursday against the New York Yankees.
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