We’re almost at the MLB season’s halfway point, which means it’s time to pause and consider what might happen in the second half. Will the Dodgers or Padres win the NL West? Will the Astros catch the Yankees for the American League’s best record? See below for MLB Betting predictions heading into the second half of the Major League Baseball season.
Bold Predictions Heading into MLB’s 2022 Mid Season
2022 MLB Season
- When: March 31 – Nov. 2
The White Sox rally to win the AL Central Division
Obviously, the White Sox haven’t played as well as so many expected. Both Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease have ERAs under 4.00.
Lance Lynn has missed the entire season due to an injury, but is now healthy. Although 0-3, like Giolito and Cease, Johnny Cueto has a sub-4.00 ERA.
Once the White Sox’s rotation is one-hundred percent, Chicago will play their way to the top of the Central Division.
The Mets implode and the Braves take charge in the NL East
Max Scherzer is having another Cy Young type season, which is the main reason the New York Mets are in first place in the NL East. But as good as Scherzer is throwing, NYM has just a 4-game lead over the Atlanta Braves.
The ATL proved last year that they’re a second-half team. Max Fried, Kyle Wright, and Ian Anderson are dominating lineups. As of June 15, Wright has a 2.57 ERA and has struck out 80 batters in 73.1 innings.
4 games is nothing to the defending World Series Champions. Atlanta overtakes the Mets and wins the NL East.
St. Louis holds on to win the NL Central
The National League Central should come down to St. Louis or Milwaukee. Unless either team implodes, the Cardinals will have about a 2-game lead heading into the second half.
Most believe the Brewers overtake St. Louis. But Cardinals veteran starter Adam Wainwright has a 2.84 ERA, Miles Mikolas has a 2.60 ERA and almost threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 14, and the bats have been great.
Milwaukee will make a move. It won’t be enough because this St. Louis squad is much better than the 2021 team.
The Padres beat the rival Dodgers and win the NL West
Before the season started, the Los Angeles Dodgers were a +325 favorite to win the World Series. If you like LAD, you’re getting much better odds now than before the season’s first pitch.
L.A. is in a dog fight to win the NL West. As of June 15, Los Angeles and San Diego have the same .625 winning percentage. The Friars have a 40-24 record. The Dodgers have a 39-23 record.
Both teams are good at everything. The difference is that San Diego sends the best pitcher in the NL to the mound in Joe Musgrove. San Diego’s ace is 7-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
Following Musgrove in the rotation is Yu Darvish and his 3.35 ERA. Sean Manaea’s ERA is less than 4.00. San Diego’s stronger rotation is the reason they will win the division.
Houston ends the regular season with the best record in baseball
The Yankees are dominating. NYY has a 46-16 record. From May 31 to June 15, New York went 13-1 straight up in 14 games.
Houston is 39-24, which means they’re 7 ½ games behind the Yankees for the best record in the AL. Ace Justin Verlander won’t slow down.
Verlander leads a talented rotation. Like always, the lineup is solid. Don’t be surprised when the Houston Astros overtake the Yankees for the AL’s best record.