The sound of a ball hitting a catcher’s mitt, the crack of the bat, the overpriced beers, the weird tingly sensation that a ballpark hotdog makes in your mouth. Don’t question it, just embrace it. All that matters is baseball is in full swing.
After an exciting start to the year, most teams have now gone through about a third of the regular-season schedule, so there is plenty of time to look ahead to see who we think will win it all this season.
Check out Paulo Antunes’ World Series best bet:
Getting in on the action now could present some good value if you think you know your baseball, and over at [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog], the Los Angeles Dodgers are still the World Series odds favorite at +425, with the New York Yankees (+450), Houston Astros (+650) and New York Mets (+750) rounding out the top four.
Dodgers On Top In 2022 MLB World Series Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+425|
|New York Yankees||+450|
|New York Mets||+750|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1000|
|San Diego Padres||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2500|
|Chicago White Sox||+2500|
|San Francisco Giants||+2800|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+3500|
|Boston Red Sox||+4000|
|Los Angeles Angels||+5000|
|Kansas City Royals||+100000|
Odds as of June 20 at [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog]
Why Are The Dodgers Favored?
The Dodgers have picked up this season where they left off last year. While they did lose Corey Seager, Corey Knebel and Max Scherzer in free agency, this Dodgers team still has MVP candidates up and down the roster and has jumped out to the second-best record in the National League at 40-25 as of June 20.
The Dodgers are fourth in baseball in team OPS, third in OBP, second in team ERA and second in WHIP. Not bad.
The Dodgers’ pitching has been led by the trio of Tyler Anderson, Julio Urias and Walker Buehler along with a resurgent first quarter of the season from Clayton Kershaw, who might have been the best of the bunch before getting hurt a few weeks ago. He has made two starts since returning from his absence.
Simply put, this is one of the best rosters in baseball top to bottom and it would be a shocker if they didn’t make a deep run in the playoffs this fall.
Can The Braves Repeat?
The Braves overcame crushing major injuries to two of their best players in 2021 to reach the World Series, losing Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka for the season.
Coming off an 88-win regular season, Atlanta defied World Series odds to hoist the trophy in early November, but the Braves looked more like that 88-win team than defending champs early this season.
After an average start, though, the Braves are now the hottest team in baseball, having won 15 of their last 17 games, including a 14-game win streak through the first half of June.
The Braves are now seventh in team ERA, 12th in WHIP and second in team OPS after their sluggish start – especially from their pitching staff.
This team has the core pieces in place to be a title contender.
World Series Odds: Value Bets
Houston Astros (+650)
The Astros have rounded into one of the best teams in baseball after an average start to the year as they now have a .621 winning percentage, good for third in baseball.
The Astros are well rounded, but it’s been the pitching that has largely propelled the team to this point. Veteran Justin Verlander has had a Cy Young-caliber start to the year as he is third in MLB in WHIP and has allowed more than two earned runs in just four of 13 starts (in two of those starts, he allowed three runs).
The Astros as a team have the fourth-best WHIP and third-best ERA.
But what makes the Astros a quality bet in World Series odds is the fact that their bats are just starting to wake up. After ranking in the bottom half of the league for much of the beginning of the season, they now stand 10th in team OPS.
Tampa Bay Rays (+2500)
The Rays seem to be in it every year no matter what happens to their roster.
And this season doesn’t appear to be any different. The Rays are third in the AL East at 36-30 largely because of their quality arms. Tampa ranks third in MLB in team WHIP and fourth in ERA with ace Shane McClanahan leading the way. McClanahan is first in baseball with a ridiculous 0.86 WHIP and has 105 strikeouts in 78.1 innings of work, the most in baseball.
The Rays are third in terms of AL East teams on the World Series odds list, but nobody should be surprised if they compete for the division title and make a deep run.
We liked them at +1500 a couple weeks ago, but +2500 is even better.
Boston Red Sox (+4000)
Don’t look now, but the Red Sox are starting to heat up.
After a brutal 13-21 start to the season, the Sox have gone 13-4 over their last 17 games with some underlying numbers that have us salivating over their +4000 World Series odds.
Boston is seventh in MLB in WHIP, eighth in ERA, third in batting average and seventh in OPS (fourth in the last 30 days). This is a team that wasn’t finding wins to start the year but is beginning to look very dangerous.
Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story have powered the Sox to their lofty numbers with Devers and Bogaerts in particular coming alive of late. Devers is ninth in baseball in OPS over the last 30 days while Bogaerts has the seventh-best batting average during that time.
What Is A Futures Bet On MLB World Series Odds?
When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see an option to bet on which team will win the World Series. This kind of bet is a futures wager, which means you’re betting on events that will happen in time. Oddsmakers release action on the Fall Classic before the season starts and adjust the lines as teams surge and stumble in the standings.
You would see odds listed like this:
Unlike a moneyline bet, where there would be a clear favorite and underdog, the team with the lowest MLB World Series odds is the closest thing to a fave. In this case, it’s the Dodgers and Yankees. The team with the highest odds would be the closest thing to a dog. Here, it’s the Twins.
If you were to bet $100 on the Twins at the beginning of the season and they won the World Series, you’d get a payout of $1,600 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $1,500. On the other hand, the same bet amount on the Dodgers would give you a payout of $475 – you get your $100 back, plus your loot of $375.
Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.
The earlier you can make a futures bet the better, because you’ll see higher returns since MLB World Series odds ebb and flow depending on a team’s overall performance, injuries to key staff, and how they stack up against the rest of their division.
However, you’ll need to handicap your bets accordingly. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with everything baseball:
MLB World Series Futures FAQ
Can I bet on the World Series?
Yes, you can bet on the World Series and a potential winning team. Oddsmakers have released World Series odds for you to wager on who you think will win. MLB lines are set with the consideration of offseason roster shuffling, coaching moves, as well as past performance on the diamond.
Who is favored to win the World Series?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the betting favorites to win the 2022 World Series with +400 odds. The Dodgers are followed by the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays as the top five teams on the oddsboard.
Who won the World Series in 2021?
The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021, knocking off the American League champion Houston Astros in six games to win the Fall Classic. The championship was the Braves’ first World Series win since 1995.
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