Sportsbooks Favor Dodgers to Win 2022 MLB World Series

Chris Taylor #3 of the Dodgers scores on a double off the bat of Cody Bellinger against the Tigers. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFP

The season is young and the Dodgers are on a quest to recapture the World Series that eluded them last season. The oddsmakers agree that Big Blue is the team to beat but, how do you see it?

After all, Toronto and both teams from New York are not far behind with the Blue Jays currently second on the list followed by the Yankees and Mets.

OddsTrader will analyze each division for both the American and National League so you can stay on top of the regular season and plan ahead for the MLB Playoffs. Now, let’s break down some MLB odds!

OddsTrader’s Betting Edge

The Yankees have to be considered the team to beat in the Al East. The average nearly five runs per game and own a league-leading run differential of +50.

Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech of the White Sox have a combined 2.07 ERA through the first month of the season.

The Angels boasts two of the most electric players in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. If Anthony Rendon can get back on track, LA will be a tough out for any opponent. 

Mets’ acquisitions Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar reshaped New York into a World Series contender. 

The Brewers rank fourth in team pitching ERA and is top in saves. If the bats come alive, Milwaukee will be unstoppable. 

The Dodgers stacked yet again and added Freddie Freeman to its lethal stockpile of offensive weapons. As for pitching, they are currently at the top of the league in team ERA.

Here you’ll find the odds for each of the MLB teams to win the World Series. All odds are courtesy of BetMGM.

FavoritesMiddle of the PackLongshots
Los Angeles Dodgers +450Tampa Bay Rays +2000Detroit Tigers +13000
Toronto Blue Jays +600Los Angeles Angels +2000Colorado Rockies +13000
New York Yankees +700Philadelphia Phillies +2500Texas Rangers +15000
New York Mets +750Seattle Mariners +3000Kansas City Royals +20000
Houston Astros +950Minnesota Twins +3500Oakland Athletics +75000
Atlanta Braves +1300Boston Red Sox +4000Washington Nationals +75000
Milwaukee Brewers +1400St. Louis Cardinals +4000Pittsburgh Pirates +75000
San Diego Padres +1500Miami Marlins +5500Baltimore Orioles +100000
San Francisco Giants +1500Cleveland Indians +7500Cincinnati Reds +100000
Chicago White Sox +2000Chicago Cubs +10000Arizona Diamondbacks +100000


The Early Favorites


The 2022 MLB season is still very young but with roughly 15 percent of the schedule in our rearview mirrors, we have enough of a sample size to determine which teams are living up to their lofty billing and which have disappointed thus far. 

Besides the current odds mentioned above, OddsTrader also took a look at the preseason MLB odds at one of the most popular betting sites, FanDuel. Those revealed the Dodgers as the favorites to win it all, one year removed from their 2020 World Series title.

The Dodgers are tied for first place in the NL West with the Padres but LA’s current odds after April and a bit of May are essentially the same as their preseason odds, as they remain the oddsmakers’ choice. 

The Blue Jays were dubbed the Beasts of the East and the second choice, behind the Dodgers, before the season began and nothing has changed. Toronto remains the No. 2 choice and is currently tied for second place in the AL East with the Rays

The Yankees have climbed the ladder after beginning the season at odds of +1300 to where they are the third choice at +700, due to their impressive start to the regular season. The Bombers sit atop the AL East ahead of the Jays and Rays.

If there is one team that looks like the real deal it is the Mets. New York’s senior circuit entry owns the best record in the league but the public is not quite convinced, as they remain a tempting betting option at +750, dropping from the +1500 before the season began. 

The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams whose preseason stock has taken a bit of a tumble since the season began roughly a month ago. The Southsiders opened as the third choice of the betting public at +950 but after an underwhelming start, bettors can find them at a value-laden +2000 as of this writing. 


American League


Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees celebrates his walk-off RBI single to defeat the Cleveland Guardians. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

AL East Division Odds

TeamOdds
New York Yankees+100
Toronto Blue Jays+135
Tampa Bay Rays+700
Boston Red Sox+1500
Baltimore Orioles+100000

In the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles have little to no chance of winning the storied division. Other than the O’s, the other four clubs have a legitimate shot. 

However, the Red Sox are woefully underperforming and will have to get their bats heated up if they are to keep pace with the big boppers in New York, Tampa, and Toronto. Boston’s two superstars, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are both hitting as expected but the rest of the team needs to pick it up if the Sox are to have any chance this season.

The Yankees have to be considered the team to beat in the East as they are averaging nearly five runs per game and own a league-leading run differential of +50. Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Giancarlo Stanton are already in midseason form, mashing any ball that lingers too long in their wheelhouse.

The Rays are making their presence known with inspired performances by their starting rotation, led by two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays’ one-two punch of Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah have a combined 6-1 record and both have WHIPs under 1.00. 


Ryan Jeffers #27 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with third base coach Tommy Watkins #40 after hitting a three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles. Greg Fiume/Getty Images/AFP

AL Central Division Odds

TeamsOdds
Minnesota Twins+115
Chicago White Sox+125
Cleveland Guardians+750
Detroit Tigers+2000
Kansas City+3000

After stumbling out of the gate, the Twins have gone on a tear and are now residing in the penthouse of the Central Division. Second baseman, Luis Arraez, is wielding a hot bat and leading the team in batting average while Twins DH Byron Buxton already has nearly half the dingers this year that he had in all of 2021. 

The White Sox, a team that many predicted would be a World Series contender this season, own a sub .500 record as do the Guardians, Tigers, and Royals. The Twins are the only team with a winning record in the Central. 

However, Chicago has a strong starting three in their rotation with Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech expected to pile up the wins. So far, so good, as this talented triumvirate has a combined 2.07 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through the first month of the season. 


Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros hits a run-scoring single against the Texas Rangers. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP

AL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Houston Astros-145
Los Angeles Angels+220
Seattle Mariners+410
Texas Rangers+7500
Oakland Athletics+15000

The Angels have established themselves as the early frontrunners but the Astros are stalking the pace and are expected to be the team to catch once the dog days of summer arrive. Los Angeles boasts two of the most electric players in the game in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. If Anthony Rendon can get back on track, LA will be a tough out for any opponent. 

The Astros are expecting big things out of their 24-year-old left fielder, Yordan Alvarez, and he is already raking. Alvarez is coming off a season in which he smashed 33 home runs and drove in 104 runs.

He already has eight long balls to his credit this year and will be torching pitchers until October, assuming the Astros are still playing. But if they don’t elevate their .215 team batting average, they will likely be making vacation plans when the postseason rolls around. 

The Mariners are coming off of a 90-win season but they are struggling in the early going, one game below .500, and looking up at the Angels and Astros. Seattle’s shortstop J.P Crawford is lighting up pitchers night after night with a sizzling .364 average while fellow infielder, Ty France, is hitting above .300 as he is wont to do. 

After posting 86 wins last season, the Athletics decided to conduct a fire sale, trading away their pricey players in favor of yet another rebuilding year that will save the front office plenty of money. The A’s, like the Rangers, are poised to be divisional doormats this year


National League


Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the fourth inning of the Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Eric Espada/Getty Images/AFP

NL East Division Odds

TeamsOdds
New York Mets-155
Atlanta Braves+280
Philadelphia Phillies+600
Miami Marlins+1300
Washington Nationals+30000

Much was expected of the Mets, despite a less than stellar 2021 campaign in which they went 77-85, and ended 11 ½ games out of first place behind the eventual World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves.

But a change in the front office and a shiny new manager in the form of Buck Showalter, not to mention the Mets’ big-time acquisitions Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar have reshaped this New York squad into a World Series contender

It’s only a matter of time before the reigning World Series champs find their collective footing but right now, the Braves are mired in fourth place and a full six games behind the Mets in the standings.

However, Atlanta watched their sweet-swinging first baseman, Freddie Freeman, take his big bat to LA for 162 million reasons which will undoubtedly diminish their offense this season. 

The Phillies have struggled in the early going but made moves in the offseason to try to get them to the postseason for the first time since 2011. The moribund franchise posted their first winning record (82-80) in a decade last season and is hoping that their lineup of big boppers plays to their potential. The Marlins and Nationals will play the role of spoilers and nothing more than that this season. 


Willy Adames #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts toward the Brewers bench after hitting a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. John Fisher/Getty Images/AFP

NL Central Division Odds

TeamOdds
Milwaukee Brewers-240
St. Louis Cardinals+210
Chicago Cubs+1700
Pittsburgh Pirates+12000
Cincinnati Reds+50000

The Reds are the most disappointing team in the league thus far and it’s not even close. After a month in, Cincinnati sits mired in the muck of the NL Central basement with a 3-20 record. The Reds’ brass went back to their penny-pinching ways after spending more than usual last season, giving their fans nothing but “wait until next year” to hang their hats on. 

The Brewers are big favorites in the Central and are not so coincidentally sitting atop the division. But how does a team, hitting a paltry .218 as a team, wind up with one of the best records in baseball? And the answer is, of course, pitching. Milwaukee ranks fourth in team pitching ERA and is tops in saves. If the bats come alive, the Brewers will be unstoppable. 

The Cardinals ended last season on a tear, winning 17 straight games down the stretch to muscle their way past the Reds for the final wild-card berth. And St. Louis has started in an encouraging fashion this season, trailing the Brew Crew by a pair of games and getting heavy production from superstar third baseman, Nolan Arenado. 

The Cubs and Pirates will do well if they can hover near .500 but after a month into the season, neither is even doing that.


Sean Hjelle #64 of the San Francisco Giants makes his major league debut pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the seventh inning. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

NL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers-250
San Francisco Giants+450
San Diego Padres+490
Colorado Rockies+8000
Arizona Diamondbacks+23000

The NL West is the best division in the National League as four out of five teams have records north of .500. The Dodgers remain in command but the Padres could be the next best thing this year. And many of the experts are touting San Diego as a World Series dark horse but getting past the Dodgers will take a yeoman’s effort. 

LA is stacked yet again and added Freddie Freeman to its lethal stockpile of offensive weapons. As for pitching, the Dodgers are currently at the top of the league in team ERA. Big Blue is a complete dual-threat and not surprising they are the favorites to win it all. 

The Giants have talent on both sides of the ball but are unlikely to usurp LA as the kings of the West as they did last year. The Rockies are currently the best hitting team in baseball with a .262 batting average, five points better than the Mets.


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Reduced Juice

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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 FAQ’s


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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