2022 MLB Betting Favorites, Smart Picks and Dark Horses for the Upcoming Season

2022 MLB Betting Favorites, Smart Picks and Dark Horses for the Upcoming Season

The 2022 Major League Baseball Season throws first pitch on Thursday, April 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers offering favorite odds doesn’t surprise. The Toronto Blue Jays going off the second choice does. Check out MLB World Series odds on the Dodgers and Blue Jays, two smart picks, and two dark horses to win this year’s World Series. 

Favorites, Smart Picks and Dark Horses for the 2022 MLB Season

2022 MLB Regular Season

  • When: Apr. 7 – Oct. 5

2022 World Series Favorites

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +440

LAD Manager Dave Roberts is so excited about this year’s team that he’s guaranteed a Dodgers’ World Series. Looking at the roster, Roberts has reason to be excited. The starting rotation is stacked and LAD added Freddie Freeman to a lineup that includes Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and Cody Bellinger. 

But closer Blake Treinen had just 7 saves last season. So he didn’t dominate. So if the bullpen doesn’t come together, the Dodgers could struggle to win the pennant. 

  • Toronto Blue Jays +850

The odds on the Blue Jays make them an underlay for sure. No doubt, Toronto will be a good team. Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, and Hyun Jin Ryu make for a strong first to third in the starting rotation.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the chalk to win the AL MVP. He’ll have plenty of support at the plate. But Toronto plays in the super deep AL East where the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays all have a shot to win the division. So the Jays may not even make the postseason.   

Smart Picks

  • Houston Astros +880

The AL West isn’t very deep. Oakland shouldn’t be very good. Neither the Mariners nor the Rangers will challenge for the division title.

The second best team in the American League West should be the Los Angeles Angels. But, really, does the Angels’ starting rotation stand up to the Stros’? 

It’s not even close. Sure, Carlos Correa no longer plays for Houston. But the team still sends Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Michael Brantley to the plate. More importantly, the Astros are almost guaranteed to win their division and make the postseason, which means they’re a solid play at +880.

  • Chicago White Sox +1075

Like the Stros, the White Sox are almost guaranteed to win their division. Chicago has a fantastic starting rotation with Lance Lynn, Cy Young contender, Lucas Giolito, underrated Dylan Cease, and Dallas Kuechel.

The bats will be there while the Minnesota Twins, Chicago’s top rival in the AL Central, will be okay, but not great. The Cleveland Guardians, Kansas City Royals, and Detroit Tigers shouldn’t challenge the White Sox. 

Dark Horses

  • Boston Red Sox +1600

The Red Sox battling lineup is strong. Trevor Story adds a lot to a lineup that already includes Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo. 

If Chris Sale returns to his dominating ways, the rotation should be good. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta are solid. At the odds, the Red Sox are a top dark horse play. 

  • Philadelphia Phillies +2500

Philadelphia offers overlay odds to win the World Series. The Phillies send one of the strongest lineups in MLB to the plate. 

Bryce Harpers should continue dominating. The Phillies signed Kyle Schwarber as their designated hitter, which upgrades the line up big time. 

JT Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball. So if Zach Wheeler, Aaron Nola, and Ranger Suarez step it up on the mound, the Phillies can beat the Mets and Braves and take the NL East. 


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