Baseball Betting Odds at the Halfway Point

by WagerHome Blog on June 29, 2023

Following Wednesday’s slate of baseball games, 11 of the Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have played at least 81 games. By the end of this weekend, that number will include all 30 teams.

With the calendar ticking over to July on Saturday and baseball hitting the halfway pole, it’s a good time to see where your baseball futures bets stand.

World Series Champion

  • Atlanta Braves (+350)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+475)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+600)
  • Houston Astros (+1000)
  • Texas Rangers (+1100)
  • New York Yankees (+1300)

The Braves are your clubhouse leader through the first half of the baseball season, but the hot start by the Rays has not cooled down. They are the top favorite in the American League. The Dodgers have fallen into third place in the National League West, but they are still a top World Series favorite.

American League MVP Award

  • Shohei Ohtani (-1200)
  • Corey Seager (+3000)
  • Wander Franco (+4000)

To be this big of a favorite with so much season still to go underscores just how special Shohei Ohtani is. As a batter, he leads the league in home runs and RBI, and as a pitcher, he is second in strikeouts, 10th in ERA, and first in batting average against. A true unicorn.

Baseball Betting Odds at the Halfway Point

National League MVP Award

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. (-190)
  • Corbin Carroll (+750)
  • Freddie Freeman (+750)
  • Luis Arraez (+2200)

Going 30-30 has been a benchmark of a great all-around offensive season. How about 30-70? That is what Ronald Acuna Jr. is on pace to do. He has 36 stolen bases and 19 home runs at the halfway point, and his OPS of .993 leads the National League.

American League Cy Young

  • Shane McClanahan (+265)
  • Framber Valdez (+300)
  • Kevin Gausman (+450)
  • Gerrit Cole (+600)
  • Shohei Ohtani (+1100)

This is a tight race, but being in the first place helps the Rays’ Shane McClanahan, as does his American League-leading ERA and 11-1 record. Houston’s Framber Valdez is second in ERA, while Toronto’s Kevin Gausman leads the league in strikeouts.

Ohtani is playing the fifth shortest odds to win his first Cy Young.

National League Cy Young

  • Zac Gallen (-165)
  • Clayton Kershaw (+425)
  • Spencer Strider (+750)
  • Zack Wheeler (+1200)
  • Logan Webb (+1200)

Zac Gallen is 10-2, and he has the Arizona Diamondbacks in first place. Chasing him and Arizona is Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Kershaw is the last player to win the Cy Young and MVP in the same season. That was 2014, his third of three Cy Young wins.

Atlanta’s Spencer Strider leads all of baseball in strikeouts.

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