MLB World Series Betting Preview

With almost a quarter of the MLB season behind us, things are really starting to take shape. We now have a pretty clear picture of where each team stands in terms of the 2022 World Series odds – and who’s outperforming the rest.

Last year’s winners, the Atlanta Braves, are going to face an uphill task to retain their title, as they’re barely making the top ten in the betting. There’s not been back-to-back winners of the World Series since 2000, and they’ve started their title defence with just 19 wins from 43 games.

Here’s a rundown of the leaders in the market for this year’s World Series, and if you’re wanting to see how your favourite team are faring, you can get all the latest World Series odds from Bet365.

Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1

The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again the team to beat this season and clear favourites for the World Series. A sign of their incredible consistency in recent years is the fact they have reached the National League Championship Series in five of the last six occasions.

The Dodgers won the 2020 World Series and then only lost out to eventual champions, the Atlanta Braves, in the National League Championship Final last year.

Incredibly, they’ve won their National League West regular season division in eight of the last nine years. The only year they failed to win was last year, but even then they had over 100 wins in the season. They have had a winning record in 20 of the 22 years this century.

They’ve also started this season in similarly dominant fashion with 30 wins from their 43 games, once again sitting pretty atop the National League West, with a slim lead over the Padres.

They have added one of the game’s best hitters, Freddie Freeman, to their already stacked line-up that features the likes of Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Trea Turner. Back the Dodgers for the World Series with great odds at BetDukes.

New York Yankees 7/1

It has been a hugely impressive start to the season by the New York Yankees. They currently have the best record in the American League, and the team has been firing on all cylinders over the last few weeks.

There was little doubt they would be prolific on offense with their abundance of talented batters, but it’s the Yankees’ pitching that has stood out so far. Statistically they have the best record, allowing the fewest runs in the whole MLB.

Nestor Cortes has been a revelation and Gerrit Cole continues to perform consistently well. All five starters have an ERA under 3.70 and star sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are firing the Bronx Bombers to the top of the American League East.

The New Yorkers have made the postseason in each of the last five seasons, but are yet to make it beyond the Championship Series. Despite consistently having the biggest budget in all of baseball, it’s now 13 years since they last tasted World Series success. Make Bet Dual your MLB betting destination this season.

New York Mets 8/1

The Yankees’ cross-town rivals, the Mets, are also right in the mix in the World Series betting market. With a batting line-up that includes Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte, they’ve definitely got the firepower needed to make a deep postseason run.

The Metsies have missed the playoffs in each of the last five years and have only won the World Series twice in their history, in 1969 and 1986. There is, however, a lot of positivity around this current Mets side. They lead the National League East, with a big eight game cushion over the second placed Phillies.

One worry for backers of the Mets is the injury crisis in their pitching department. They’ve just put starting pitcher Max Scherzer on the injured list. Already without Jacob deGrom, they will also have to survive without fellow star Scherzer for a minimum of six to eight weeks. The acquisition of Chris Bassitt will help them in this department, and if they can ride out the period without deGrom and Scherzer, then good times could lie ahead for the Mets. Bet £10 and get a £10 free bet with BetStorm.

Houston Astros 9/1

Like the Dodgers, the Astros have made three of the last five World Series, and are one of the most successful franchises in recent times. The 2017 World Series winners have dominated the American League for the past several years. They’ve won their AL West division in four of the last five years and boast an over .500 winning record in each of their last seven full seasons.

Houston came into the season without their star shortstop, Carlos Correa, who left the organisation via free agency to the Twins. Thankfully one of their most underrated players, Jeremy Peña, has stepped into these extremely big shoes and played a starring role for the team with some eye-catching performances. He’s been one of the breakout performers in baseball, and he leads the Astros in the majority of the batting stats including runs and batting percentage.

Despite the fact we’re in the early stages of the season, the signs already point to them having another successful season. They sit in first place in the standings, and it looks as though they’ll be in a straight battle with the Los Angeles Angels for top spot.

With their core players on the wrong side of 30, this might be this group of players’ final chance to bring home another title to Minute Maid Park. Join SportNation now and enjoy a free £5 bet every week!

Milwaukee Brewers 10/1

Could this be the year when the Brewers finally taste victory in baseball’s showpiece finale? Milwaukee have yet to touch World Series success in their 50+ year franchise history, but they’ve been getting closer and closer.

Up until recently they were one of MLB’s perennial underachievers, only making the playoffs on four occasions between 1969 and 2017. That’s all changed now, and they are one of the most feared teams in the league, making the postseason the last four years straight.

Their pitching line-up is arguably the best in all of baseball, and has been on top form all season. Now their offense is starting to flex their muscles as well, with Kolten Wong, Christian Yelich, Hunter Renfroe and Rowdy Tellez all finding their form and the runs starting to flow. They’re now fourth in the National League in batting percentage and fifth in runs scored per game, which should be more than enough to cut it with their stellar pitching team.

They’ve opened up with 27 wins from their 43 games and sit just ahead of the Cardinals atop the AL Central. They’re also playing in a division in which just two teams are above .500, so they have a strong chance of making the playoffs.

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