2022 MLB World Series Odds

New York Yankees MLB player Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo #48 of the New York Yankees celebrates after scoring on an error against the Detroit Tigers. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Editor’s note: This article was updated on September 2nd, 2022. 

The MLB playoff race is in full throttle as the calendar turns from summer to autumn and OddsTrader wants to keep you current as to the divisional races and the accompanying World Series odds.

Make sure to use OddsTrader’s MLB Power Rankings and all our other resources to handicap your MLB picks, and 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

• Since our last MLB World Series update, New York has fallen from the favorite to win the World Series to where they are now tied for third with the Mets at +480.

• Winning the AL Central is more important in this race than any other as the runner-up may not qualify for a wild card berth.

• The Cardinals are playing like a team possessed having won nearly 70 percent of their games since the All-Star break.

• The Dodgers are tops in the league in run production, No. 1 in batting average as well as team ERA, and have the most wins in the majors.


Below are the latest MLB World Series odds as of September 2nd, courtesy of FanDuel

Favorites  Pretenders  Wait Til Next Year 
Dodgers +300 Rays +4000 Angels +500,000 
Astros +380 Indians +5000 Royals +500,000 
Yankees +480 Brewers +5500 Tigers +500,000 
Mets +480 Twins +8000 Marlins +500,000 
Braves +1200 Orioles +12,000 Rockies +500,000 
Blue Jays +1600 White Sox +20,000 Athletics +500,000 
Cardinals +2200 Red Sox +200,000 Nationals +500,000 
Padres +2500 Giants +200,000 Cubs +500,000 
Mariners +3200 Diamondbacks +300,000 Pirates +500,000 
Phillies +3500 Rangers +500,000 Reds +500,000 

American League


Tampa Bay Rays MLB baseball player
Ji-Man Choi #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox. Kathryn Riley/Getty Images/AFP

AL East

New York Yankees – Aaron Judge continues his assault on MLB pitchers and has his sights firmly set on breaking Roger Maris’ American League home run record of 61 that has stood for – you guessed it – 61 years.

However, the Bronx Bombers have slowed considerably in the second half of the season and are south of a .400 winning percentage in the second half.  

Nevertheless, the Yankees still hold a comfortable, although not insurmountable, lead on the Rays and the Blue Jays. But if they limp into the playoffs, they are no longer the sure-fire lock in the AL everyone believed they would be.

Since our last MLB World Series update, New York has fallen from the favorite to win the World Series to where they are now tied for third with the Mets at +480.  


Leury Garcia Chicago White Sox MLB player
Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox slides home to score against the Texas Rangers. Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP

AL Central

Cleveland Guardians – The Guardians have overtaken the Twins in the AL Central, but their lead is tenuous, to say the least.

Only 1 ½ games separate the two, and winning the division is more important in this race than any other as the runner-up may not qualify for a wild card berth in the hotly-contested American League playoff race.  

Meanwhile, the White Sox have proven they are a perfectly average team treading just above or below .500 with no extra gear to compete with Cleveland or Minnesota. Their playoff hopes are not completely dashed but continuing to alternate wins and losses will lead to an early vacation. 


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

AL West

Houston Astros – Home cookin’ has been one of Houston’s strengths this season, posting a 43-20 record at Minute Maid Park entering September but a familiar venue will only get a team so far. Fortunately, the Astros have plenty of tools in the shed to get the job done with regularity.  

But Houston didn’t sit still at the trade deadline and acquired 1B/OF Trey Mancini (Orioles), catcher Christian Vázquez (Red Sox), and LHP Will Smith (Braves).  

“We wanted to get more depth on the Major League roster,” general manager James Click said. “And so, Vázquez, Smith, and Mancini all fit the bill in those areas. We are trying to win this year…” 

AL Wild Card Contenders

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Chicago White Sox


National League


New York Mets MLB baseball pitcher
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 

New York Mets – For a team that went a disappointing 77-85 last season, the Mets are pretty amazing this year.

And although their three-game lead over the defending World Champion Braves is hardly comfortable as they enter the final full month of the season, they are a team that has a pair of twin terrors on the hill in Mad Max Scherzer and the sublime Jacob deGrom.  

While it would be surprising if the Mets lost their grasp on the division lead, it can’t be ruled out with Atlanta within striking distance.

But let’s not forget the surging Philadelphia Phillies who have turned their season around in the second half and are winning north of 60% of their games in the second half, and are now in wild-card contention.  


Juan Yepez St Louis Cardinals
Juan Yepez #36 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates a home run against the Atlanta Braves. Brett Davis/Getty Images/AFP

NL Central 

St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals are playing like a team possessed having won nearly 70% of their games since the All-Star break. Paul Goldschmidt is a machine who is making a run at a batting title this season and is in the top five in home runs.  

But now the Redbirds are getting contributions all over. Reliever Ryan Helsley has been lights out while the acquisition of Jordan Montgomery from the Yankees has bolstered the rotation.

The Brewers are still in the mix but if St. Louis continues their torrid play, it will be another division title for the Gateway City. 


Manny Machado San Diego Padres RBI double
Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers – Big Blue has put so much daylight between themselves and their nearest rivals that they can hardly see the Padres in their rearview mirror.

The Dodgers are tops in the league in run production, No. 1 in batting average as well as team ERA, and have the most wins in the majors. They are on a pace to win 113 games unless they get to the point where resting starters for the postseason becomes more important than winning games in the here and now. 

As we enter September, the talented triumvirate of Freddie Freeman (.325, 16 HR, 81 RBI), Trea Turner (.307, 18 HR, 86 RBI), and Mookie Betts (.281, 32 HR, 70 RBI) torching opposition pitchers, while the fearsome foursome of Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP), Julio Urias (14-7, 2.32 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), Tony Gonsolin (16-1, 2.10 ERA, 0.86 WHIP), and Tyler Anderson (13-3, 2.68 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) dazzle opposing lineups has all the markings of a World Series title for the Dodgers.  

At World Series odds of +300, LA almost looks like a bargain at this point in the season. But much can change between now and the playoffs, as the final chapter of the 2022 MLB season remains unwritten. Obviously, anything can happen in October but it will take a wagon to roll over the juggernaut that hails from LA.  

NL Wild Card Contenders

  • Atlanta Braves
  • San Diego Padres
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Milwaukee Brewers


Third Look


Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 20th, 2022.

The dog days of summer have arrived in the MLB and the season is more than halfway through. There have been some pleasant surprises as well as a few utter disappointments. Let’s determine which teams are the true contenders to emerge in October.

OddsTrader takes a look at how the MLB World Series odds evolved during the first half of the regular season. Remember to check out the MLB Power Rankings and everything else you need to handicap your MLB picks.

OddsTrader’s Betting Edge

• On the AL side of things, the only team capable of stopping the Yankees are the Astros. New York has had a tough time against Houston’s pitchers.

• Expect a huge second-half surge from the White Sox to rule the Central when the curtain closes on the regular season.

• The Mariners are on pace to win 102 games and are playing one of the wild card spots in the American League.

• The Mets should be on anyone’s sheet to make a deep postseason run if Jacob DeGrom is anything near his old self.

Below are the adjusted MLB World Series odds as well as the Division Winner markets as of 7/20/22 courtesy of FanDuel

FavoritesBubble Boys Longshots
Yankees +300Phillies +4000Rangers +100,000
Dodgers +350Cardinals +4000Royals +500,000
Astros +450White Sox +4500Tigers +500,000
Mets +700Twins +5000Rockies +500,000
Braves +900Red Sox +5000Nationals +500,000
Blue Jays +2000Giants +6000Cubs +500,000
Brewers +2500Guardians +10,000Pirates +500,000
Padres +3000Orioles +35,000Reds +500,000
Rays +3500Marlins +40,000Diamondbacks +500,000
Mariners +3500Angels +50,000Athletics +500,000

American League


AL East Division Odds

TeamOdds
New York Yankees-10000
Toronto Blue Jays+6000
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Boston Red Sox+10000
Baltimore Orioles+50000

Let’s start with the caveat that anything can happen – injuries, prolonged slumps, trades, and plain old bad luck. Now that we have that out of the way, the Yankees have about as much chance of ceding the division title as the Athletics have of becoming world champs.

Okay, perhaps that’s just a bit hyperbolic but needless to say, the Bombers have the AL East wrapped and are the overwhelming favorites to emerge as the American League World Series entry. Congratulations to all of those prescient enough to bet the Yankees at +1300 to win the World Series before the season began!


AL Central Division Odds

TeamsOdds
Minnesota Twins+120
Chicago White Sox+125
Cleveland Guardians+450
Detroit Tigers+50000
Kansas City+150000

The AL Central is the only three-horse race in baseball. The Twins, Guardians, and White Sox are jockeying for the top spot and only three games separate them. Despite the White Sox occupying third place in this triumvirate, they are still +125 to win the division while the Twins are +120 and the Guardians check in at a distant +450.

Although there appears to be value in the Guardians, not only in winning the division but getting a healthy +10,000 to win the World Series, neither is going to happen. Expect a huge second-half surge from the White Sox to rule the Central when the curtain closes on the regular season.


AL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Houston Astros-3000
Seattle Mariners+2000
Texas Rangers+50000
Los Angeles Angels+100000
Oakland Athletics+250000

Like the AL East, this party is over. The Astros are nine games in front and have too many tools in the shed to lose this race. Houston has the third-best record and run differential in baseball, and will be the division winners for the fifth time in six years.

But we would be remiss if we didn’t give a quick doff of the cap to the Seattle Mariners, a team that was a divisional doormat only a few years ago and is on pace to win 102 games and cop one of the wild card spots. The M’s have also split the season series thus far with the Astros and the two will square off seven more times in the second half.


AL Wild Cards

  • No. 1 Seed: Blue Jays
  • No. 2 Seed: Mariners
  • No. 3 Seed: Rays


National League


NL East Division Odds

TeamsOdds
New York Mets-195
Atlanta Braves+165
Philadelphia Phillies+3000
Miami Marlins+35000
Washington Nationals+250000

The defending World Series champions are having a fine season, on pace to win 97 games which is better than the 88 that won them the division last year. And as good as the Braves have been, the Mets have been amazing and they have done it without 2x Cy Young Award winner, Jacob DeGrom.

The perennial All-Star, rehabbing from a stress fracture to his soldier, is nearing his season debut and if he is anything near vintage #HairWeGo then the Mets should be on anyone’s sheet to make a deep postseason run.


NL Central Division Odds

 

TeamOdds
Milwaukee Brewers-160
St. Louis Cardinals+125
Chicago Cubs+30000
Pittsburgh Pirates+50000
Cincinnati Reds+100000

The Brewers or the Cardinals – who ya got? Both teams have the luxury of feasting on the divisional doormats from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati which inflates both teams’ regular season win totals.

These teams have split the season series after a dozen games and setting aside a 10-1 St. Louis win and an 8-0 Brewers’ victory, all of the other games have been competitive with the Cardinals owning a 48-44 run advantage. The Brewers’ anemic team batting average scares us which is why we will give the nod to the Redbirds in a hotly contested divisional race.


NL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers-4000
San Diego Padres+3000
San Francisco Giants +7500
Arizona Diamondbacks+100000
Colorado Rockies +100000

 

The Padres will be bridesmaids this season despite rebounding from a lackluster 2021 campaign.

There is little doubt the Dodgers will prevail in the West with the only mystery being whether San Diego and San Francisco will have enough gas in the tank to get them over the finish line and into a wild card berth.


NL Wild Cards

  • No. 1 Seed: Braves 
  • No. 2 Seed: Padres 
  • No. 3 Seed: Phillies 


Who Wins? 


The MLB odds at all of the best online sportsbooks like FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM to name a few are showing the Yankees and Dodgers as the two teams to beat in their respective leagues.  

On the AL side of things, the only team capable of stopping the freight train from the Bronx steaming across the league is the Houston Astros. The Bombers lineup has had a tough time against the Astros pitchers, managing only a pair of wins in their five meetings, and scoring a mere two runs over their three losses. But that’s not enough to deter us from projecting the Yankees as the AL Pennant winners. 

Over on the Senior Circuit, the Dodgers are again the team to beat but we believe the club that will emerge hails from Queens. That’s right if deGrom is firing on all cylinders, then the Mets are not only the NL champs but will win the World Series as well

World Series Prediction: New York Mets +700 


Second Look


Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 6th, 2022.

As we approach the Midsummer Classic, the pieces of the MLB puzzle are beginning to take shape. Although there are questions yet unanswered, we now have a better idea of those clubs that have emerged as contenders versus the teams that have revealed themselves as pretenders. 

OddsTrader takes a look at how the MLB World Series odds have evolved in the last couple of weeks. Remember to check out the MLB Power Rankings and everything else you need to handicap your MLB picks. Make sure to check back for updated MLB odds

OddsTrader’s Betting Edge

• The Yankees not only have the best record in baseball but at this pace will end with 119 wins at the conclusion of the regular season.

• Only the Yankees and Dodgers have a positive triple-digit run differential (+164 and +140, respectively). 

• As of this moment, the three American League wild card teams would all come out of the AL East with the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Rays winning those spots.

• Minnesota’s Luis Arraez is drawing comparisons to Twins’ legend, Rod Carew, and leads the AL with a .345 batting average.

• The Angels continue to flail even with the two greatest players in the game, Shohei Otani and Mike Trout, on their roster.

• The Yankees own the best home record, 34-9, in all of baseball. 

Below are the adjusted MLB World Series odds as well as the Division Winner markets as of 7/6/22 courtesy of FanDuel

FavoritesBubble BoysLongshots
Yankees +400 Giants +3000 Orioles +100,000 
Dodgers +450 Red Sox +3200 Royals +250,000 
Astros +600 White Sox +3500 Tigers +250,000 
Mets +700 Twins +4000 Diamondbacks +250,000 
Blue Jays +1300 Phillies +4500 Rockies +250,000 
Braves +1300 Indians +7500 Athletics +500,000 
Padres +1300 Angels +7500 Nationals +500,000 
Brewers +1800 Mariners +12,000 Cubs +500,000 
Cardinals +2800 Marlins +20,000 Pirates +500,000 
Rays +3000 Rangers +30,000 Reds +500,000 

American League


AL East Division Odds

TeamOdds
New York Yankees-1700
Toronto Blue Jays+2100
Boston Red Sox +3300
Tampa Bay Rays+5000
Baltimore Orioles+250000

The only question in the AL East is, who comes second? The Yankees are a wagon and running away with the division, currently in front by 14 games, and own the best home record, 34-9, in all of baseball. The Rays, Red Sox, and Blue Jays are all jockeying for a wild card spot and are within two games of each other while the Orioles remain the division’s cellar-dwellers.  

The Yankees not only have the best record in baseball but at this pace will end with 119 wins at the conclusion of the regular season. The Bombers also have a league-leading run differential of +164 but the Red Sox (+57), Blue Jays (+28), and Rays (+15) are also in the black in that category. As of this moment, the three American League wild cards would all come out of the AL East with the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Rays winning those spots.  


AL Central Division Odds

TeamsOdds
Minnesota Twins-105
Chicago White Sox+170
Cleveland Guardians+400
Detroit Tigers+40000
Kansas City+75000

The Twins currently hold a three-game lead over the Guardians for first place in the Central but the White Sox are in the picture as well, trailing by 5 ½ games. It is pretty much the three-horse race everyone believed it would be entering the season with the Tigers and Royals doing their perennial fast fade.  

Twenty-five-year-old Luis Arraez is drawing comparisons to Twins legend, Rod Carew, the greatest contact hitter in franchise history, an 18x All-Star, 7x AL batting champion, and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Heady stuff, yes, but Arraez not only has Carew’s physical makeup but is also a left-handed hitter and is currently building another stunning season at the plate, leading the American League with a .345 batting average.  


AL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Houston Astros-3000
Los Angeles Angels+3000
Seattle Mariners+4000
Texas Rangers+8500
Oakland Athletics+250000

There’s not much to say in the AL West except the Astros are once again crushing the field. Houston is currently running away with another division title as they entered July with a 13-game advantage over their nearest three rivals, all of whom are clustered in a bid for second place. The Astros are also baseball’s fiercest road warriors, boasting a 27-16 mark away from Minute Maid Park. 

The Rangers, Mariners, and Angels are all vying to stay relevant but it’s astounding that Los Angeles continues to flail even with the two greatest players in the game, Shohei Otani and Mike Trout, on their roster. If you ever underestimated pitching depth, look at the Angels.  


National League


NL East Division Odds

TeamsOdds
New York Mets-145
Atlanta Braves+140
Philadelphia Phillies+1700
Miami Marlins+15000
Washington Nationals+250000

The Mets are giving their fans something to cheer about this season as they have a 2 ½ game lead over the reigning World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves, with Philadelphia deeply in the mix as well.  

The Marlins are struggling to stay alive while the Nationals, World Series champs as recently as 2019, have already flatlined and are 20 games back with no hope except the prospect of “wait ‘til next year”.  


NL Central Division Odds

 

TeamOdds
Milwaukee Brewers-220
St. Louis Cardinals+170
Chicago Cubs+25000
Pittsburgh Pirates+25000
Cincinnati Reds+40000

It appears as though the teams we thought were the two best in this division entering the season are proving they are indeed the two best after almost half the season in the rearview mirror. The Brewers hold a narrow one-game lead over the Cardinals and wouldn’t you know it, these teams have split the 12 games between them this season.  

There are seven more meetings between the pair of division frontrunners with five being played in St. Louis while a two-game set is slated for Milwaukee. We should note that the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt leads all hitters with a scorching .346 batting average and 100 hits while ranking second in RBI, trailing only Pete Alonso of the Mets.


NL West Division Odds

TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers-390
San Diego Padres+410
San Francisco Giants +1800
Arizona Diamondbacks+80000
Colorado Rockies +100000

 

The LA Dodgers are on top where they belong after pursuing the upstart San Francisco Giants throughout all of last season for the NL West crown. They came up one game short and entered the 2021 campaign as a wild card entry before defeating the Cardinals in a one-game playoff and then exacting their revenge on the Giants, defeating them, 3-2, in the NLDS before bowing to the Braves for the NL pennant.  

But this season won’t be a cakewalk because the Padres are stalking LA, just 4 ½ games back, while the Giants are 8 ½ off the pace. The Diamondbacks and Rockies are simply ill-equipped to battle in a talented division like this one.  


First Look


Editor’s note: This article was updated on May 7th, 2022.

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


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. 


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. 


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


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. 


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.


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.


Props and Bonuses

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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 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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