After a long winter, spring training is here and close to wrapping up. That means one thing, the best time of the year is right around the corner with the MLB regular season coming back. With the expanded playoffs, that means the division races will be much tighter and competitive down the stretch of the regular season.
The best team in baseball came out of the NL West Division last season with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them. Only three teams in the MLB won 100 or more games last season, and two of them came from the NL West.
MLB Divisions Before the Season Start
Let’s take a look at the MLB betting odds to each division and what may be a good bet this season.
The current favorite to win the AL East is the Toronto Blue Jays with +185 odds. The Blue Jays were last in the playoffs in 2015, when Jose Bautista hit a towering blast in Game 5 of the ALDS.
With George Springer now roaming the outfield and with Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. roaming the infield. This team is not short of star power.
The New York Yankees have the second-best odds in the division with +195 odds. The Yankees are in win-now mode. If they are not able to win the division and arguably a World Series, many current members may not have a job next week.
The rest of the odds are as follows. Tampa Bay +300, Boston +550, Baltimore +15000.
The Chicago White Sox are the current favorites in the AL Central at -195 odds. The White Sox are the clear favorites in this division, and they should have no problem taking the central. They will have a core of their pitching staff back and plenty of star bats.
It was a disappointing postseason last year for the White Sox, and they want to make sure that does not happen again. Expect a big year from Chicago this season in the AL Central.
The rest of the odds are as follows. Minnesota +500, Detroit +750, Cleveland +950, Kansas City +1500.
This division has been recently dominated by the Houston Astros, and it could be again this season. The Astros are the current favorite at -175. Houston lost Carlos Correa this offseason, but they are hoping to be okay with everyone else back.
This division could be interesting with the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners in a better spot this season.
The rest of the odds are as follows. Los Angeles +400, Seattle +450, Texas +1800, Oakland +3000.
The Atlanta Braves will have the chance to defend their World Series title this year with a much better NL East Division. The Braves are the current betting favorite at +140 odds. Atlanta has lost Freddie Freeman, but they traded for Matt Olson to replace Freeman.
The rest of the odds are as follows. New York +155, Philadelphia +380, Miami +1400, Washington +4500.
The Milwaukee Brewers won the 2021 NL Central Division, and they are the top favorite this season at -135 odds. The Brewers did lose a few pieces from their lineup but did sign Andrew McCutchen.
Look out for the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central this season. The Cardinals were one of the hottest teams in baseball towards the end of last season, and they are looking for redemption this season. They just need to stay healthy.
The rest of the odds are as follows. St. Louis +190, Chicago +1000, Cincinnati +1200, Pittsburgh +6000.
The best division in baseball last season and the most entertaining division as the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers battled it out. This year, the Dodgers are front and center as the current favorites with odds of -220. Freddie Freeman signed to be a Dodger, which only makes them that much better.
The Padres and the Giants could be battling for second place this season.
The rest of the odds are as follows. San Diego +330, San Francisco +550, Colorado +9000, Arizona +12000.