MLB 2022 Betting Odds: Favorites Underdogs, and Longshots

by WagerHome Blog on April 5, 2022

A month ago, it was looking a little uncertain that we were going to make it to Opening Day, but here we are. On Thursday, the 2022 MLB season gets underway, and the race for October begins.

As is always the case, some MLB teams will surprise, others will disappoint, and others will perform exactly as we hoped.

World Series Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers (+500)

It’s no surprise that the Dodgers are the favorites to win the 2022 World Series. They added Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel to an already stacked roster, and this MLB team should once again win 100 games. Although this time, they won’t be a Wild Card.

Houston Astros (+1000)

Justin Verlander is back for the Astros, and they should cruise to the American League West crown. But how will the loss of Carlos Correa affect their chances to win yet another A.L. pennant?

Toronto Blue Jays (+1000)

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is one of the best players in all of baseball, and he leads the Blue Jays in a tight American League East race that could see the World Series return to Canada for the first time since 1993.

New York Yankees (+1100)

A boost for the Yankees came when the city of New York dropped its vaccine mandate, which will allow all of the team to play from Opening Day onward. And this is another excellent lineup in the Bronx, and if things go right, they will push the Blue Jays for the division.

World Series Underdogs

Atlanta Braves (+1200)

The Braves are the defending World Series champions, but the reality is that Matt Olson is not an equivalent to Freddie Freeman and that change at first base will hurt.

MLB 2022 Betting Odds: Favorites Underdogs, and Longshots

Although the bullpen got stronger with the addition of Kenley Jansen and the Braves could surprise the league once again.

Chicago White Sox (+1200)

Not enough people are talking about the White Sox. Their rotation is one of the best in the American League, and their lineup is littered with stars like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Jose Abreu.

World Series Longshots

Philadelphia Phillies (+3000)

Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos have been added to an already great lineup, and the Phillies rotation is solid from top to bottom. If their defense doesn’t hold them back too much this MLB season, a +3000 play on the Phillies might prove to be profitable.

Detroit Tigers (+6000)

We may be one year too soon for the real jump by the Tigers, but Javier Baez is a great addition for this MLB season, and if Spencer Torkelson is as good as people think he is, it’s possible Detroit pushes this White Sox for the division title this summer instead of next.

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2021 MLB Futures Bets to Consider

by WagerHome Blog on March 30, 2021

The Major League Baseball season begins on Thursday, and a full 162-game schedule is the plan. The next season of baseball definitely looks brighter than the last season, so as always, at this time of spring, we want to get those MLB futures bets placed before the new campaign begins.

World Series Champion

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+350)
  • New York Yankees (+550)
  • San Diego Padres (+900)
  • New York Mets (+1000)
  • Atlanta Braves (+1000)
  • Chicago White Sox (+1000)
  • Minnesota Twins (+1800)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (+2200)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+2200)
  • Oakland Athletics (+2200)
  • Houston Astros (+2200)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are favored to repeat as champions, but is +350 worth the risk? To put it this way, are they really seven times more likely to win the World Series than last year’s American League champion Rays? Or the talented lineup of Toronto?

The Mets aren’t coming off a good 2020, but they are coming off a great offseason and may be worth a play at +1000.

MLB Win Totals

You can make MLB futures bets on the over/under on regular-season win totals for each team, and one of the most appealing bets is the Cardinals going over 86.0 wins.

The Cardinals haven’t finished below .500 since 2007, and since 2015, newly-acquired Nolan Arenado has averaged a WAR of 6.3. As the favorite to win a division that includes the Cubs and Pirates – the Pirates’ over/under on wins is 59.0 – the Cardinals should easily push for 90 wins.

Another bet to consider is the under on the White Sox and 89.5 wins. Chicago is good, but it just lost Eloy Jimenez for the season. The 23-year-old slugger was projected to hit 31 home runs in 2021.

Also, the Twins will give the White Sox a run for the division title, and both the Royals and Indians will be better than many think. The White Sox may get into the playoffs, but 90 wins will be tough to hit.

Home Run Leader

  • Mike Trout (+1200)
  • Pete Alonzo (+1200)
  • Joey Gallo (+1200)
  • Juan Soto (+1400)
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. (+1500)
  • Cody Bellinger (+1500)
  • Yordan Alvarez (+2000)
  • Bryce Harper (+2000)
  • Aaron Judge (+2000)
  • Giancarlo Stanton (+2000)

Mike Trout is an interesting favorite on this list. As good as he is, he’s never been a home run leader. In 2019 he hit a career-high 45 home runs, but the leader that year was Pete Alonzo with 53.

mlb futures betsOne bet to consider is Aaron Judge. When healthy, he is a 50-plus home run hitter. He just hasn’t been healthy since 2017.

However, Judge says that he’s changed his approach this offseason to body health and vows to be in the lineup all season long.

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Updated 2021 MLB Odds: World Series Favorites

by WagerHome Blog on February 18, 2021

It’s been an unusual offseason for Major League Baseball, with big-name trades, even bigger money free agent signings, and preparation for a new season that will be played with some of the same rules from last year’s COVID-shortened season.

And now baseball is here, as pitchers and catchers have reported. The full squads are in camp next week, and Spring Training games will begin before the month is done. Rejoice America. Major League Baseball is back for its 119th season, which means it’s time to take a look at the updated 2021 MLB odds.

2021 MLB Odds – World Series Favorites

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+350)
  • New York Yankees (+550)
  • San Diego Padres (+900)
  • New York Mets (+1000)
  • Chicago White Sox (+1000)
  • Atlanta Braves (+1200)
  • Minnesota Twins (+1600)
  • Oakland Athletics (+1800)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (+2000)
  • Houston Astros (+2000)


Trevor Bauer is now a Dodger, and Justin Turner is still a Dodger. But even before that, they were the favorites to repeat as World Series Champions. L.A.’s closest competitor in the National League is its division rival that lives just down the 5 Freeway in San Diego. The Padres also have a very deep pitching staff after adding Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove this offseason.

The American League favorite is the Yankees after they added pitchers Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon. Taillon missed all of 2020 following elbow surgery, but that made him a cheap add with tons of upside.

The White Sox were back in the postseason in 2020 for the first time in 12 years, and many think they are ready to take the next step and become a legitimate World Series contender. Why else would you bring in Tony La Russa to manage at the age of 76 if you didn’t think you were close?

Out west in the American League, it will still be a battle between the Astros and A’s, but both teams lost key players over the offseason and are less likely to compete for a World Series run.

2021 MLB Odds – Addition by Addition

Several teams have seen their potential World Series fortunes rise because of additions this offseason.

Outfielder George Springer is a new member of the Toronto Blue Jays, and he has them as the second-most likely team to come out of the A.L. East. The Mets are the favorite to win the N.L. East after acquiring All-Star infielder Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland.

The National League Central is considered as MLB’s weakest division, but the favorite St. Louis Cardinals made one of the biggest moves of any team when they traded for the best third baseman in all of baseball, Nolan Arenado. They are just outside the top 10 to win the World Series at +2500.

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2021 World Series Betting Odds

by WagerHome Blog on November 5, 2020

It’s only been a handful of days since the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series in 32 years. We’re in the midst of awarding baseball’s regular hardware, and everyone in the sport is bracing themselves for an offseason unlike any other after the financial losses of the shortened 2020 season.

The assumption is that since the 60-game season and bubbled postseason was an overall success, the 2021 season will be a full year of baseball. That means it’s never too soon to look ahead to 2021 World Series betting and what teams you could expect to see competing for the title.

2021 World Series Betting Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)
New York Yankees (+600)
Atlanta Braves (+800)
Chicago White Sox (+1000)
San Diego Padres (+1000)
Tampa Bay Rays (+1200)
Oakland Athletics (+1600)
Minnesota Twins (+1600)
Cincinnati Reds (+2000)
Houston Astros (+2200)
Cleveland Indians (+2500)
New York Mets (+2500)
Chicago Cubs (+2500)

Two of the biggest movers on this board from a year ago are the Padres in the National League and the White Sox in the American League. San Diego was +4500 to win the 2020 World Series, but had a great season, made it to the NLDS, and have a great young core of players that should be even better in 2021.

The White Sox were in the AL Central race to the very end and lost in the Wildcard Round to the A’s. At +2500 a year ago, the White Sox are now tied with the Padres at +1000. Chicago’s young stars like Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Tim Anderson should continue to shine in 2021. With the fourth-best odds at the championships, the White Sox make a lot of 2021 World Series betting sense.

The Dodgers, Yankees, and Braves are no surprise at the top. They have loaded rosters and were all great teams in 2020. But there is one intriguing value play that isn’t on this board – the Washington Nationals at +3500.

2021 World Series BettingThe World Series winner in 2019 had a rough 2020. Ryan Zimmerman took the COVID opt-out, and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg was lost for the season after wrist surgery. After that, the Nationals never got back on track.

But 2021 expects to have a healthy Strasburg back in the rotation, and at just 21-years old, Juan Soto might already be the best hitter in the National League. In 2020 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Trea Turner has also established himself as one of the premier shortstops in baseball.

It’s easy to see how the Nationals could recapture their 2019 magic and pay big dividends on a +3500 wager in a full season.

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Betting The 2020 MLB Division Series

by WagerHome Blog on October 6, 2020

How impressive that seven teams from the AL Central and NL Central divisions made the MLB playoffs. Equally impressive is that not one of them could get past the Wild Card round and into the Division Series. Going 0-7 is no easy feat. Let’s hope that’s not where you put your money.

Sans the Central divisions, the postseason rolls on, where it’s now a best-of-five to decide who is moving on. And for the first time this season, baseball has bubbles, with the American League playing all of its games in San Diego and Los Angeles, and the National League playing in Houston and Arlington, Texas.

In a season that only saw teams play against opponents in their own division, each of these series features an intra-division matchup.

New York Yankees (-148) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (+120)

The Yankees lost the AL East to the Rays by seven games, and in the head-to-head meetings, Tampa Bay won eight of 10. So how are the Rays the underdog in this division series?

It’s not as though the Yankees finished strong. They lost six of their final eight – a stretch without a single home run from Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres.

They did look good against Cleveland, but in a longer series, one big game has less impact. These teams don’t like each other, and it will be a great series, but the value rests in Tampa Bay playing as the dog.

Houston Astros (+100) vs. Oakland A’s (-121)

The A’s have been one of the best pitching staffs all season long, while the Astros have seen their offense struggle when compared to previous years. Oakland took the AL West from Houston, they won seven of 10 regular-season meetings, and they will win this series.

Houston’s “we don’t need trash cans” 2020 tour will come to a close in the next five games.

San Diego Padres (+175) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (-223)

With so many exciting young players, the desire to see the Padres take this series the distance is strong. But the Dodgers remain the favorite to win the World Series, and it’s easy to see why.

division series

Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw are an incredible 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation, and just in case the pitching isn’t dominant, Los Angeles scored a baseball-best 349 runs.

One of these days, the Padres will get there. But not in this series.

Miami Marlins (+275) vs. Atlanta Braves (-358)

During the regular season, the Braves finished second in the National League in runs and home runs, but just shut out the Reds in 22 innings over a two-game sweep.

We know the Braves can crush the ball. But if they continue to pitch as they did in the Wild Card, they might be the team to beat Los Angeles, and they definitely won’t lose to the Marlins.

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MLB Playoffs Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on September 29, 2020

It wasn’t that long ago that we weren’t even sure there would be a 2020 Major League Baseball season. Or after several positive COVID-19 tests, that the season would finish. But here we are about to begin the biggest postseason baseball has ever had as the MLB Playoffs begin on Tuesday.

We have more teams, more games, and more excitement for October baseball than ever before. And with legalized gambling sweeping the nation, this postseason will also see more action than ever before.

We have a full eight series in the Wild Card round just waiting to be wagered.

MLB Wild Card Series Odds

American League

  • Tampa Bay Rays (-210) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (+170)
  • Oakland Athletics (-135) vs. Chicago White Sox (+110)
  • Minnesota Twins (-120) vs. Houston Astros (+100)
  • New York Yankees (-135) vs. Cleveland Indians (+110)

National League

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (-300) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (+240)
  • Atlanta Braves (-125) vs. Cincinnati Reds (+105)
  • Chicago Cubs (-190) vs. Miami Marlins (+160)
  • San Diego Padres (-175) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (+145)

All Wild Card series are best-of-three.

Series Notes

There are some things to take note of as these brief series get underway.

The Yankees are just the fifth seed, and they lost six of their final eight games. But even with that, they are still favorites from the oddsmakers to make it all the way to the ALCS, and they are the third most likely team to win the World Series.

Game 1 features Cy Young favorite Shane Bieber against Gerrit Cole, and it will go a long way to deciding who takes this series.

Because of the expanded playoffs, some teams are playing that perhaps shouldn’t. The Miami Marlins, with a minus-41 run differential and just the 21st-best ERA in baseball (4.86), are one such team.

The last time the Marlins faced the Cubs in the postseason, the world was introduced to Steve Bartman. With no fans at the games, he will definitely not be on hand to give the Marlins an extra out. But even if he were, it’s hard to see it helping keep the Marlins’ perfect postseason record (two appearances, two World Series titles) intact.

mlb playoffs

Keep an eye on the Braves and Reds. The seventh-seeded Reds have a .212 batting average – the lowest ever for a playoff team, and the second lowest in the history of baseball. But their top three starting pitchers are as good as anyone, and much better and more consistent than No. 2 seed Atlanta’s.

A couple of long balls for Cincinnati, and a couple of dominant performances on the mound, and this could be the upset of the Wild Card round.

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Books Making Up Rules for Baseball

by WagerHome Blog on August 6, 2020

If you are a regular baseball bettor, you’ve been relying on the option to play listed pitchers for years. It’s a simple thing, and it’s been standard issue for bookmakers since baseball betting began.

If you choose to play “listed” instead of “action,” and the listed pitcher is replaced before the game begins, your bet is canceled.

Baseball has used this year’s shortened season as an opportunity to change some of its rules, and several bookmakers and pay per head sites have done the same. Gone is the action vs. listed option.

Now, regardless of a starting pitcher change prior to the game, the bet you place is the bet you’re stuck with.

Placing Bets: Action vs. Listed

There is nothing worse in betting than having $50 on the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, to suddenly have him scratched and replaced by Dustin May, which happened in Los Angeles’ season opener this year. Nothing against May, but he’s no Kershaw, and the bet you placed is no longer the bet you’re playing. This is why baseball bets come with a choice.

When placing the bet, if you choose “listed,” when Kershaw or another starter gets the boot, your bet is canceled. If instead, you choose “action,” that means you are locked into going ahead with the bet, but at a new moneyline should there be a starting pitching change.

Most experienced baseball bettors don’t like to take “action” because it removes their control. Their knowledge and research are rendered moot. Whereas taking” listed” allows the bettor to look at the new pitcher and the new moneyline and decide if they still want to play it.

Bookmakers that are removing this option from their baseball listings are removing your choice as an experienced baseball bettor.

Why Bookmakers are Making This Change

Under the cover COVID-19 excuses, bookies who have pulled the plug on “listed pitcher” bets say they’re making the change for two reasons.

First, baseball has changed. More relief pitchers are starting the game, giving way to a traditional starter beyond the first inning. The listed starting pitcher is no longer as important.

That is true in the case of a team like the Brewers. But if you’re playing the Nationals and Max Scherzer, he is the traditional starting workhorse that you base your bet around.


The other reason bookies give is that this is how other sports operate. Your Lakers bet doesn’t change because LeBron James sits. Your Ravens bet doesn’t change if Lamar Jackson is a game-time scratch. This just makes baseball equal to those sports.

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MLB Opening Day Betting Previews

by WagerHome Blog on July 22, 2020

It is finally here. Nine months since the end of the 2019 World Series, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day 2020 is happening this week. Yes, it’s okay to be a little teary-eyed.

It will be a season unlike any other. We have 60 games and a set of rules to accommodate the risks of the coronavirus and the limited resources each team has with no minor league season.

If anyone tells you they know what to expect, they’re lying. No one can really know in such a small sampling of a regular season. It’s like picking a game-winner after three innings.

The unknowns, however, will also make this one of the most exciting betting seasons we’ve ever had. And on Opening Day, we get treated to two nationally televised matchups packed with wagering intrigue.

New York Yankees at Washington Nationals

  • NY Yankees -1.5 (+125)
  • Washington +1.5 (-148)

The Nationals are, of course, the defending World Series champions, but if the 2019 season had only been 60 games, they wouldn’t have made the postseason. Meanwhile, the Yankees are hands down considered the best team in the league and will be starting their new acquisition, Gerrit Cole. Washington will counter with three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

Scherzer makes his third straight Opening Day start for the Nationals. Cole is the new $300 million man and was an obvious choice to start on Opening Day. The last time he had that honor was 2017 with the Pirates.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

  • San Francisco +1.5 (+114)
  • L.A. Dodgers -1.5 (-132)

If the National League has its version of the Yankees, it’s the Dodgers. Offseason acquisition David Price has opted out of the season, which diminishes their dominance just a bit, although, in the National League West, they are clearly the class of the bunch.

The Dodgers are -715 to win the division for the eighth straight season. The Giants, on the other hand, pay +8000 on a bet to win the NL West. In short, the Giants are not going to win the NL West this season.

Starting for the Giants will be Johnny Cueto, who made a successful return to the mound last September after Tommy John surgery. In four Opening Day starts, Cueto is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.64.

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Clayton Kershaw makes his ninth career Opening Day start for the Dodgers. He is 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA in the previous eight starts.

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MLB, NBA, NHL All Set to Return in July

by WagerHome Blog on June 30, 2020

Normally, the sports calendar in July is so slow that ESPN puts out its annual award show, The Espys, just to help fill the void until things return. With only baseball to fill our weeks, and NFL training camps beginning at the end of the month, sports fans and sports bettors know that July is the best time to take family vacations.

Not this year.

Get ready for the greatest month of July the sports world has ever seen.

The Return of Baseball

Finally, after multiple weeks of negotiating, fighting through the media, telling us the season was 100% going to happen, then not happen, and then happen again, MLB and its players union have an agreement to begin the season on July 23.

It will be an all-out 60-game sprint to the playoffs and a season unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, with all teams only playing games against their division or the corresponding regional division in the other league (NL East vs. AL East, and so on).

NBA Seeding Games and Playoffs

One of the reasons the NCAA Tournament is so great is that there is no waiting for basketball to start. Games tip off early, and never seem to stop. Now imagine an NBA world like that. How amazing would it be?

Imagine no more, because when the NBA resumes on July 30, they will play 88 seeding games to finish out the season in just two weeks time. Twenty-two teams, three courts, four television networks (TNT, ESPN, ABC, and NBATV), and games starting as early as 12:30 pm ET through as late as 9 pm ET.

You can’t really go anywhere at the moment, so grab your remote, your favorite betting app, and prepare for NBA basketball overload.

NHL Playoffs

A Stanley Cup Playoffs like we’ve never seen before will also be coming to our televisions in late July. Twelve teams from each conference are in, with the top four teams in each playing a round-robin tournament for seeding, while everyone else plays in a best-of-five series for the right to get into the final playoff bracket.


The NHL still hasn’t decided which cities will serve as hubs for these games, or when exactly players will report. A new CBA is close to finalization, which, along with creating labor peace for the next six years, will create the return-to-play protocols, including a date certain for the resumption of training camps and the playoffs that follow.

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Restart Updates For NBA, NHL; MLB Negotiations

by WagerHome Blog on June 11, 2020

You can now get a haircut, go to a restaurant, and very soon you will be able to watch major American team sports on television. We’ve almost made it. Congratulate yourself, and then get ready for the wildest summer of sports you’ve ever seen as leagues continue to put together their plans to restart.

NBA Going to Orlando

The NBA’s return won’t happen until July 31, but when it does, watch out. If you thought two months of playoffs with 16 teams was intense, the restarted NBA will feature 22 teams, eight seeding games, a play-in tournament, and then a full playoff schedule of 16 teams, with every game taking place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

We’ll get the draft lottery at the end of August and October will feature the end of the NBA Finals, the Draft, and the start of free agency. Then, a new season is set to begin Dec. 1.

All of this has been approved by both the league and players union, but, as with everything in the sports restart world of COVID-19, it’s all subject to change.

NHL With 24-Team Playoffs

One-upping the NBA is the NHL’s agreed-upon restart format. The top four seeds in each conference will play a round-robin to determine final seeding, while the other 16 teams (seeds five through 12 in each conference) will play best-of-five series to determine who moves on to face those top seeds.

An exciting change and one many hockey fans have been pushing for long before this season, is that each playoff round will be reseeded. Instead of a hard bracket, which would render the round-robin of the top seeds moot, the top seed will always face the lowest remaining seed.


Teams have begun to return to their practice facilities, and the league hopes to resume play by late July/early August in two yet-to-be-selected hub cities – one for all Eastern Conference games and the other for all Western Conference games.

MLB Remains A Mystery

For weeks we have heard: “Don’t worry, there is too much money at stake for baseball to cancel its full season.”

Maybe that’s the problem. There is simply too much money at stake, both for 2020 and beyond, for MLB and its players union – two long-time adversaries – to come together.

Sliding scales, prorated pay, and different season lengths have all been discussed. Even the dreaded label “salary cap” has been said.

They’ve blown past their self-imposed June 1 deadline to get a deal done, but negotiations do continue. So does that mean there is still hope for a baseball season? Las Vegas oddsmakers say yes.

There is still a 75% chance a season will be played. But with each passing day, that becomes a longer bet.

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