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Yahoo Sports MLB released the first World Series odds of Spring Training 2019, and the defending champs are not at the top of the list.
The New York Yankees were given better odds, at 6-1, than the defending champion Boston Red Sox, at 7-1. The Houston Astros were also at 7-1, while the Los Angeles Dodgers were the first NL team listed at 9-1 odds.
It has been busy offseason for the Yankees, a team that has made improvements to their bullpen and infield via free agency and are still in conversations with free agent Manny Machado. With the entire core of last year's team that won 100 games returning this season, the expectations are once again through the roof for the Bronx Bombers.
It's 2019. Let's go climbing. pic.twitter.com/2iPHUEJtO3— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 13, 2019
Before you go popping champagne and celebrating in everyone's faces, remember that the Yankees were projected to finish first in the AL East last season and failed to do so. Projections are nice, but only when you exceed them.
No pressure, Giancarlo!