On the eve of Opening Day for this MLB season, Odds Shark’s baseball betting expert has sifted through the giant list of MLB prop futures bets for the 2022 campaign and found the best plays. Below, we’ve chosen the best bets as well as some long shots providing more value.
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Odds Shark Staff MLB Best Bets & Long Shots
If you’re looking for complete picks and odds for all MLB futures, check out our World Series odds page, our AL and NL MVP odds breakdown, and our 2022 MLB Cy Young odds breakdown. Below, our baseball betting expert has picked out four bets for you to tail across all 2022 MLB futures:
2022 MLB Best Bet: Cincinnati Reds UNDER 74.5 Wins (-115)
The Cincinnati Reds are actively trying to lose baseball games. Not the players on the field, mind you, but management has made it quite clear they’re cutting payroll, entering a rebuild and accepting the losses that will come with it.
The talent of Joey Votto, Jonathan India and others earned this win total line of 74.5, but the Reds are just going to keep selling off. With Luis Castillo and Mike Minor starting the season on the injured list and little depth behind them, I don’t see how this Reds team wins over 70 games.
Best Bet #2: Seiya Suzuki OVER 80.5 RBIs (-115)
Yes, it’s been pretty rare for a Japanese bat to come over to Major League Baseball and find immediate success. But people who watch Seiya Suzuki closely know he’s different.
In seven 2022 spring training games, Suzuki posted a .350 OBP and .938 OPS and the righty is expected to hit in the middle of an underrated Cubs lineup. Hitting behind on-base machines like Nick Madrigal and Frank Schwindel, Suzuki is going to have ample RBI opportunities. Suzuki dominated the NPB for years, winning MVPs and smacking run-scoring hits around the park, and now he’ll bring that to the north side of Chicago.
2022 MLB Long-Shot Bet: Rafael Devers AL MVP (+2000)
If the Boston Red Sox make it out of a tough AL East and find themselves in the 2022 postseason, it won’t be because of the rotation or new acquisition Trevor Story. It’ll be on the back of Devers.
In his last two full seasons, Devers has posted OBPs over .350, an OPS around .900, and driven in over 110 runs each year. With improving defense at third base and the power to hit 50 homers, Devers has the ability to post the 6-plus WAR, 1.000 OPS season he’ll need to take home the MVP.
Long Shot #2: Logan Webb NL Cy Young (+1300)
Anyone who watched Giants baseball or the postseason last year got a front-row seat to the Logan Webb show. As many smart baseball people expected, Webb broke out in a big way last year, notching more than a strikeout per inning with a 3.03 ERA in 148.1 innings in San Fran.
Now Webb will be asked to front the Giants rotation with the departure of Kevin Gausman. He’s very much up to the task, and the 2.72 FIP the righty posted in 2021 shows there’s even some room for growth. If Webb makes 32 starts, he’ll be one of the best starters in the National League this year.