We have a dead heat atop the 2022 World Series odds entering the All-Star break as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are both +330 favorites and MLB would love to see a big-market Fall Classic like that as it would draw a lot more attention than, say, Brewers vs. Blue Jays. Here are your MLB betting tips.
World Series Odds After Week 14 of the Season
New York enters the break with a 64-28 (.696) record. The Yankees’ 64 wins are their most before the All-Star break in franchise history (previous: 62 in 2018). Their 64 wins are tied with the 2018 Astros for the third-most by a Major League team before the break and trail only the 2018 Red Sox (68) and 1969 Orioles (65).
The 64-28 record matches their fifth-best 92-game start in franchise history (excluding ties) and marks just the sixth time the Yankees have won at least 64 of their first 92 decisions, trailing only the 1998 Yankees (68-24), 1928 Yankees (67-25), 1939 Yankees (66-26) and 1927 Yankees (66-26). The 1941 Yankees also went 64-28. New York is 37-12 (.755) in 49 games at home this season, the best home record in the Majors. The Yanks are 22-5 in their last 27 home games.
New York enters the All-Star break with a record of .500-or-better for the 26th consecutive season. It marks the second-longest streak in Major League history behind the Yankees’ 32 straight seasons from 1933-64. The Bombers have won or split 26 of their 30 series this year, winning 21 and splitting five. They have won or split 24 of their last 27 series (20-3-4) and 15 of their last 17 series (11-2-4).
Yankees pitchers enter the All-Star break with a 3.08 ERA, their lowest ERA before the break since 1976 (3.05). NYY batters lead the Majors with 157 homers. It marks the 18th time the Yankees have led the Majors (outright or tied) in home runs prior to the All-Star break (since the first ASG in 1933). NYY has 16 games with double-digit runs. No other team has more than 10. New York had just six such games in 2021.
The Dodgers enter the break leading the NL West at 60-30, joining the 1973, 1974, 2017 and 2019 teams as the only teams in franchise history to reach the 60-win mark before the All-Star break. All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers was named NL Player of the Week for last week.
It was his seventh career NL Player of the Week Award and his second of the 2022 season, previously doing so for the week ending June 26th. Freeman appeared in five games for the Dodgers, batting .632 with 12 hits, four doubles, two home runs, five RBI and a 1.158 slugging percentage. He finished the first half with an eight-game hitting streak. Freeman is the first player in franchise history to amass at least 110 hits, 60 runs and 30 doubles prior to the Midsummer Classic. He is the first Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Francisco Lindor in 2018.
The Houston Astros (+460), New York Mets (+600) and Atlanta Braves (+670) round out the World Series favorites. Houston 39-year-old Justin Verlander, who was named to his 9th All-Star team this year, has been outstanding in his return to the Astros rotation, going 12-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 17 starts. Currently, he leads the Majors in wins while ranking 2nd in the AL in ERA, WHIP (0.88), opponents avg. (.194) and opponents OPS (.536). Recently, he has allowed 1 ER or less in 6 of his last 7 starts, going 6-1 in that span with a 1.41 ERA (7ER/44.2IP).
Verlander’s 12 wins are his most before the All-Star Break since joining the Astros in 2017. Including Verlander, an Astros pitcher has reached 12 or more wins before the break just 7 times in franchise history.
The Astros are 31-18 (.633) on the road this season, which is the best road record in the Majors. They Astros have posted winning records on all seven of their road trips this season.Expert WS PredictionDodgers beat Astros in 7