2022 MLB World Series Preview Odds & Betting

2022 MLB: World Series Preview Odds & Betting

Written by on October 25, 2022

After an intriguing MLB regular season and playoffs, we are down to two teams as the Houston Astros, and the Philadelphia Phillies square off for the biggest hardware in the sport. This is the Phillies first World Series appearance since the 2009 season, while the Astros were in the World Series last season. 

Today, we’re going to discuss who’s going to win the whole thing and how many games this should go, so let’s get into it, for your favorite bets!

Who is Going to Win the World Series?

According to MyBookie Sportsbook, this is definitely one series that is expected to go one way as the Houston Astros are -189 to win the World Series while the Philadelphia Phillies are +152 to win it all. These teams are both going to hit as the Phillies are second in the MLB Postseason with a .749 team OPS and leading it all with 16 home runs, while the Astros are third offensively with a .708 team OPS so far and have hit 12 home runs as a team.

The major difference between these teams has been the ability to pitch out of the bullpen, as Houston is the best bullpen of the playoffs with an outstanding 0.82 ERA in 33 innings, while Philadelphia is sixth with a 3.19 reliever ERA, winning 42.1 innings. The opposition matters as the Astros faced the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS and the New York Yankees in the ALCS, while the Phillies faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Round, the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, and the San Diego Padres in the NLCS. 

The individual performances of shortstop Jeremy Pena having a .991 OPS with three homers and five RBI in his first playoffs, have been critical as second baseman Jose Altuve is just 3-for-32 so far. The Phillies have a lot of pop, but designated hitter Bryce Harper has stepped up with a 1.351 OPS with five home runs and 11 RBI, while first baseman Rhys Hoskins has five homers and 11 RBI as well. 

The pitching of Houston Astros has an elite advantage with shutdown pitching, so I would go with the Houston Astros to win this entire thing with their experience. 

How Many Games?

This is a tough question as the series starts in Minute Maid Park for Games 1 and 2, Citizens Bank Park in Games 3-5, and back in Minute Maid Park for Games 6 and 7. Both leagues have adopted the DH rule, so there is no difference here anymore. I expect the Phillies to hand the Astros to lose a game in this series after a 7-0 start this postseason. Philadelphia should slug a game out of this series, and I really feel like this will be a six-game World Series as the Phillies have a great top-of-the-rotation with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, but I don’t love their back-end while the Astros have Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, and Lance McCullers Jr as a full postseason rotation. 


 

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