Are the Seattle Mariners legitimate World Series contenders at +2000? They are one of only a few franchises never to even reach the Fall Classic but hold down the American League’s top Wild-Card spot as things stand. The Mariners have 10 series sweeps this season, tied for 3rd-most in the Majors with the Braves, Yankees and Cardinals. They trail only the Dodgers (16) and Astros (13). The complete preview for your MLB betting.
Odds for MLB World Series 2022
Julio Rodriguez is having a historically good rookie season and is going to win AL Rookie of the Year. Among MLB rookies this season, he ranks 1st in home runs (23), 1st in runs (73), 1st in total bases (220), 2nd in RBI (67), 2nd in hits (124), 2nd in times on base (165), 2nd in stolen bases (24), 2nd in extra-base hits (47) and 1st in OPS (.809).
Rodriguez is 1 of 13 rookies in Major League history to reach 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases in a season and 1 of 5 first-year rookies to reach the 20/20 club. He became the fastest player (81 career G) in Major League history to reach 15+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases and the first player in Major League history to reach 15+ home runs, 50+ RBI and 20+ stolen bases in his first 90 career games. Rodriguez also was the fastest player (107 career games) in American League history to reach 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases and the 2nd-fastest in Major League history. He is 2 home runs away and 1 stolen base away from becoming just the 3rd rookie in Major League history with a 25+ home run, 25+ stolen base season and would join Arizona’s Chris Young (2007) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (2012).
Because Seattle’s only rout to the playoffs is as a Wild-Card team, it will have to win a Wild-Card series solely on the road. That might be a good thing as the Mariners are 33-12 (.733) over their last 45 road games since May 31, best road record in the Majors during that span. Seattle over the weekend completed the road trip sweep (6-0) of Detroit (3 G, 8/30-9/1) and Cleveland (3 G, 9/2-9/4), its 2nd undefeated road trip of the season. The Mariners also went 6-0 on a road trip against Washington (2 G, 7/13 DH) and Texas (4 G, 7/14-7/17) earlier this season.
Seattle is the only team in American League history to put together multiple undefeated road trips of at least 6 games within the same season. Only the 1984 Tigers (who won the World Series) and 2021 Rays had put together multiple undefeated road trips of at least 5 games within the same season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers remain the +300 favorites to win the World Series and they are going to finish with the best regular-season record in the majors. The Dodgers are 32-11 since the All-Star break and have the most wins since the break. After starting August with a franchise best 11-0 mark, the Dodgers finished the month with a 22-6 record, which was the third best mark in franchise history.
When Mookie Betts scores at least one run this season, Seattle is 60-13. Los Angeles is 8-0 when Betts scores three runs and 21-2 when he crosses the plate two or more times. Betts and Freddie Freeman (96 runs) are trying to become the first pair of Dodger teammates to score 100 runs apiece since Cody Bellinger (121) and Max Muncy (101) in 2019. Trea Turner has 83 runs scored and if he gets to 100, the Dodgers would likely have three players score 100 for just the second time since moving to Los Angeles. The trio of Maury Wills (130), Tommy Davis (120) and Willie Davis (103) all crossed the plate more than 100 times in 1962.
The Houston Astros are +425 second favorites. The Astros lead the AL in ERA (2.98), opponent average (.213) and opponent OPS (.619) and are second in WHIP (1.11). The starters have the lowest ERA (3.04) among all AL rotations, while their bullpen ERA (2.88) is the lowest in MLB. Houston’s 86-48 record as of Monday is the team’s second-best 134-game record in franchise history, trailing only the 2019 Astros by one win (87-47). The 2019 Astros went on to win a franchise record 107 games, while the 2022 Astros are on pace for 103 victories.
Expert World Series Pick
- Astros Over Dodgers