2023 MLB World Series Odds: Early Look

MLB Postseason Logo National League Championship Series
A view of the MLB 2022 Postseason logo prior to game one of the National League Championship Series. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on January 17th, 2023.

It won’t be long before pitchers and catchers will be making their way to spring training which means it is time for OddsTrader to delve into the early MLB odds for the 2023 World Series.

We invite you to use OddsTrader’s MLB Power Rankings and all of our other resources to handicap your MLB picks. Make sure to check back for the daily MLB odds which include moneylines, run lines, and totals on every game on the MLB betting menu.


OddsTrader’s Betting Edge

• Signing veteran first baseman, Jose Abreu, will make Houston’s potent lineup even more dangerous as the 2020 AL MVP bring a lifetime .292 batting average and still has plenty of pop to generate what should be at least 20 dingers and 90+ RBI.

• Having Gerrit Cole and Carlos Rodon as New York’s 1-2 punch should see the Pinstripers leaving the rest of the division in the dust and poised for a deep postseason run.

• The Dodgers still have a boatload of talent and added former Red Sox DH, J.D. Martinez, to the lineup and veteran hurler, Noah Syndergaard, to the rotation.

• Although Mets’ fans would have swooned if the team signed the 28-year-old shortstop, they would have quickly soured if Carlos Correa wound up on the IR and would be quick to grouse about a 12-year, $315 million player who might not be playing past his 30th birthday.

Below are the MLB World Series odds as of January 17th, 2023 courtesy of FanDuel.

ContendersPretendersLongshots
Houston Astros (+650)Tampa Bay Rays (+2500)Chicago Cubs (+8000)
New York Yankees (+700)Chicago White Sox (+2500)Miami Marlins (+8000)
LA Dodgers (+750)Cleveland Guardians +3000)Arizona D-Backs (+10,000)
New York Mets (+1000)San Francisco Giants +3000)Detroit Tigers (+10,000)
Atlanta Braves (+1000)Milwaukee Brewers (+4000)KC Royals (+15,000)
San Diego Padres (+1000)Texas Rangers (+4000)Colorado Rockies (+20,000)
Philadelphia Phillies (+1200)LA Angels (+4000)Pittsburgh Pirates (+20,000)
Toronto Blue Jays (+1500)Baltimore Orioles (+5000)Cincinnati Reds (+20,000)
Seattle Mariners (+1600)Minnesota Twins (+6000)Washington Nats (+50,000)
St. Louis Cardinals (+2000)Boston Red Sox (+6000)Oakland A’s (+100,000)

OddsTrader’s Preseason Fab 5

Jose Altuve Jeremy Pena Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies
Jose Altuve #27 and Jeremy Pena #3 of the Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the 2022 World Series in Game Six on November 05, 2022. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP.

Houston Astros (2022 Record – 106-56)

The Astros allowed Justin Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, to take the money and run to New York where the soon-to-be 40-year-old will spin his gems for the Mets this season.

However, the Astros still have a formidable starting rotation with Lance McCullers, Framber Valdez, Jose Urquidy, Cristian Javier, and Luis Garcia toeing the slab. Signing veteran first baseman, Jose Abreu, will make Houston’s potent lineup even more dangerous as the 2020 AL MVP brings a lifetime .292 batting average and still has plenty of pop to generate what should be at least 20 dingers and 90+ RBI.


Aaron Judge New York Yankees Houston Astros
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees flies out in game four of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on October 23, 2022. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP.

New York Yankees (2022 Record – 99-63)

The Yankees re-signed Aaron Judge to a nine-year, $360 million, deal, and that makes the Bombers an automatic contender considering they have kept the vast majority of their AL East champion roster intact, including re-signing Anthony Rizzo.

Another big splash the Yankees made was adding Carlos Rodon to their rotation courtesy of a six-year, $162 million contract for the talented lefty. Having Gerrit Cole and Carlos Rodon as New York’s 1-2 punch should see the Pinstripers leaving the rest of the division in the dust and poised for a deep postseason run.


Freddie Freeman Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres
Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to second base after hitting a two-run RBI double against the San Diego Padres in game four of the National League Division Series on October 15, 2022. Denis Poroy/Getty Images/AFP.

Los Angeles Dodgers (2022 Record – 111-51)

The Dodgers tore through the regular season with the best record in baseball but it all went up in smoke when they lost to the Padres in the NLDS last season. After that, they saw Trea Turner, Justin Turner, and Tyler Anderson all take their talents elsewhere.

However, don’t give up on Big Blue because the Dodgers still have a boatload of talent and added former Red Sox DH, J.D. Martinez, to the lineup and veteran hurler, Noah Syndergaard, to the rotation. They also have plenty of youth that is ready to make that leap to the next level. Factor in Clayton Kershaw and the return of Walker Buehler, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury that required a second Tommy John surgery, and this remains the team to beat.


Starling Marte Brandon Nimmo New York Mets
Starling Marte #6, Mark Canha #19, and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate defeating the San Diego Padres in game two of the Wild Card Series on October 08, 2022. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP.

New York Mets (2022 Record – 101-61)

The Mets, like the Giants, shook off Carlos Correa and his balky ankle and decided the risk wasn’t worth the extravagant money. Although Mets’ fans would have swooned if the team signed the 28-year-old shortstop, they would have quickly soured if Correa wound up on the IR and would be quick to grouse about a 12-year, $315 million player who might not be playing past his 30th birthday.

Steve Cohen has turned things around in dramatic fashion since he bought the Mets and now that they have a solid foundation, and some very big names wearing the jersey, this offseason has been much less frantic than last. Nevertheless, reliever Edwin Diaz and outfielder Brandon Nimmo were re-signed while New York signed All-Star catcher, Omar Narvaez, to handle the duties behind the plate.


Charlie Morton Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies
Charlie Morton #50 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in game four of the National League Division Series on October 15, 2022. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP.

Atlanta Braves (2022 Record – 101-61)

Kenley Jansen, Adam Duvall, Robbie Grossman, and Dansby Swanson will no longer ply their trade in Atlanta this season. The latter is the most bitter pill for Braves’ fans to swallow as there are not many slick-fielding shortstops with major pop in their bat roaming the MLB landscape. Oh, and this one happened to be the only MLB player to play in all 162 games last season.

However, a stellar deal that brought former A’s catcher, Sean Murphy, to town coupled with adding former Tiger Joe Jiménez to the pen should be cause for celebration. The Braves may still have a few tricks up their sleeves in bringing more talent to this roster but right now Atlanta is still a threat in the National League.


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If you want to compare the various MLB odds then click on the link and you will see the moneylines, run lines, and totals at all of the best books in the industry. Remember, it’s important to be able to compare and contrast lines at a glance so that you get the best odds for your betting buck.

Reduced Juice

If you are unfamiliar with “reduced juice” it merely refers to sportsbooks that lower their lines below the competition to attract business to their site. In other words, you pay less vig on the favorites which provides an excellent advantage for the bettor over the long grind that is the MLB season. PointsBet has one of the more aggressive reduced juice policies which makes them an attractive option during baseball season. 

MLB Computer Picks 

If you go to the OddsTrader MLB Computer Picks section you can see what the OT algorithms project and how the results compare to those predictions. 


MLB Betting FAQs


Question: Where can I bet on the 2022 MLB World Series?

Answer: The best online sportsbooks are the safest online sportsbooks, which are those licensed in jurisdictions where online sports betting is legal in the United States. The top-rated books are BetMGM, Caesars, Bet365, Unibet, SugarHouse, FanDuel, SBK, BetRivers, PointsBet, MaximBet, and DraftKings

Question: What types of bets are popular with MLB baseball?

Answer: The most popular bet is the moneyline where the underdog returns more money than you wagered while the favorite requires you to risk more than you could win. There is no point spread in moneyline wagering, it is strictly whichever team wins the game, wins the bet. 

However, run lines are also common, with the underdog getting +1 run while the underdog is giving 1 ½ run. Totals, or over/under betting, is another typical baseball bet where the bettor can bet over or under the posted total.

Question: Do I have to bet a lot?

Answer: No, the minimum bet is as low as $1 and accounts can be funded with as little as $10 at many of the books across the nation. 


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