The MLB season ended less than a week ago when the Houston Astros won the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. While last season is still fresh in our minds, the bookmakers have already moved on to the next season. placing bets on the World Series for 2023. Despite the fact that the Astros won everything, they did not become favorites for the next season.
Dodgers win the World Series
For the fourth season in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers open the offseason as the favorite to win the World Series.
Los Angeles has made the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons, winning at least 91 games in each regular season during that stretch. They have eclipsed 100 wins in four of their last five 162-game seasons. However, they only won one World Series during this time. It fell on the 2020 season, shortened due to the pandemic, and many people, due to the circumstances, put some kind of star on this championship.
They won 111 games last season and were the best in regular season baseball. They dominated but again lost in the playoffs. They lost to the San Diego Padres in four NLDS games. Despite this, The Dodgers open +500 to win the World Series. This makes them a clear favorite in the off-season.
Astros lead the rest of the package, but face indeterminate offseason
The Houston Astros just won the World Series and while they are not the favorite to bet on replay, they are certainly one of the top contenders. Houston +700 to win the World Seriesthe second best chance of any team.
Justin Verlander just turned down a player choice, so he’s a free agent. He can still come back, but even if he doesn’t, Houston will showcase the depth of his pitching on his way to winning the World Series. With or without the likely winner Cy Young, Houston should be back in the spotlight.
The expectation of massive free agents is a frequent theme among some of the top contenders. The Dodgers could lose Trea Turner. As mentioned above, the Astros could lose Verlander. The Atlanta Braves have the third best odds of +800 but could lose to Dansby Swanson.
At +900, the New York Yankees have the fourth-best odds. Aaron Judge’s status is very high. If he signs with another team, the Yankees will be a lot less attractive. The same can be said for the Mets, who are now 10-to-1. Jacob deGrom turned down a contract, as did Chris Bassitt. Brandon Nimmo is also a free agent.
If these teams lose their free will testing stars, they will most likely collapse. Where would they go too? It might be wiser to wait to see how the off-season unfolds, but by doing so, you may lose some potential value in the process.
Current World Series odds
+500: Los Angeles Dodgers
+700: Houston Astros
+800: Atlanta Braves
+900: New York Yankees
10-to-1: New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays
14:1: San Diego Padres
16:1: Philadelphia Phillies
18-1: Seattle Mariners
20:1: St. Louis Cardinals
25-to-1: Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays
30-to-1: Los Angeles Angels
35-to-1: Cleveland Guardians, Baltimore Orioles
40-to-1: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants
50-to-1: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers
66-to-1: Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks
80-to-1: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals
100-to-1: Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds
150: 1: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics