MLB World Series Odds: Who Are the Best Bets to Win the World Series?

MLB World Series Odds: Who Are the Best Bets to Win the World Series?

Ryan Knuppel
10 months ago
3 min read
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) takes a ground ball in a Spring Training game played at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL, spring home of the Blue Jays.

The MLB season is set to get underway on April 7th. One of the favorite pastimes before Opening Day is predicting who will win the World Series. 

Whether selecting a futures winner for fun or placing money on it, predicting one of MLB’s 30 teams to win it all is no simple task. 

With that being said, today, we are going to take a look at the best bets to win the 2022 MLB World Series. 

Favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites according to almost every sportsbook. LA already had a stacked roster and made up for the loss of Corey Seager by adding former MVP Freddie Freeman from the team that defeated them in the NLCS a season ago. 

But Los Angeles had a great team last year and were unable to get the job done. The team’s bullpen faces some question marks as well as the back end of the rotation is unstable. Nonetheless, this is probably the best roster from top to bottom in the bigs. 

However, the Braves made up for the loss of Freeman by acquiring power-hitting first baseman Matt Olson. They also signed former Dodger Kenley Jansen to secure the back end of the bullpen. The reigning champs could be classified as one of the World Series favorites entering the season. 

Other favorites include the Mets, Blue Jays, and Astros.

The Mets have a solid roster, but Jacob deGrom is already dealing with shoulder soreness, and the season has yet to begin. Max Scherzer is an ace but as good as their rotation may be, pitchers such as Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker have injury histories. 

The Astros are not as strong as they once were, but Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Jose Altuve lead a formidable offense. The NL West has grown stronger, with the Angels, Mariners, and Rangers making significant offseason additions. 

Toronto is interesting. They added pieces to their rotation, bullpen, and offense. Most notably, the team signed Kevin Gausman to help lead the staff and traded for former A’s third baseman Matt Chapman

The last time they acquired an A’s third baseman, Toronto nearly made it to the World Series. That third baseman, Josh Donaldson, also won an MVP for the team. Perhaps Chapman makes a similar leap in Toronto. 

Dark Horses

The two dark horse candidates that stick out are the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox. 

For some reason, the White Sox are being slept on. 

But this roster can compete with just about any team in baseball. Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn lead a strong starting rotation, while the offense features sluggers such as Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert. The bullpen is arguably the best in the MLB, with Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel, and Garrett Crochet. 

Milwaukee’s success stems from their starting rotation. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff make up a top-tier 1-2 punch. Freddy Peralta was a breakout star last season as well. 

They also have Josh Hader and Devin Williams leading an elite bullpen. 

The Brewers are hopeful that former MVP Christian Yelich can return to form after a down 2021 campaign. His presence in the lineup is crucial to their offense. 

Final Verdict

If you want to go with a favorite, I love the Blue Jays as the pick. 

Toronto will be battle-tested since they play in the deepest division in baseball. The AL East features talented teams in the Rays, Yankees, and Blue Jays, so winning the division alone will be difficult for the Jays. 

However, if they win the East, then the playoffs will seem like a cakewalk after dealing with those teams all season long. 

If you prefer to roll with the underdog, go ahead and take a chance on Milwaukee. Their roster isn’t as eye-popping as others, but I would take the trio of Burners, Woodruff, and Peralta in any playoff series. 

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