As we’ve watched Atlanta and Houston finish the 2021 season on the field, let’s take a look at how things are shaking out for the 2022 MLB season, per bookmakers.
Checking for free MLB picks, early odds show the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros at the top. What’s most interesting about offseason odds is how they change as the winter moves along.
While the Dodgers and Astros are at +550 and +700 respectively, the Seattle Mariners sit at or around +5000, depending on the oddsmaker.
For some perspective, the Angels and Guardians also sit at +5000, and the Oakland Athletics, who just lost their manager, Bob Melvin, and are expected to sell off some pieces, are at +4000. The Washington Nationals, having traded Max Scherzer and Trea Turner last July, are at +6000 in most spots, followed by the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals at +8000.
Atlanta is +900, the third-best number in the league right now, followed by the New York Yankees at +1000, the Chicago White Sox at +1200, the Tampa Bay Rays at +1400 and the Boston Red Sox at +1600.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are at+20000, tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the steepest odds.
The Mariners’ 17th-best odds suggest sportsbooks don’t believe the public believes in the club’s 2021, or their expected efforts to push forward a step or two this winter.
We know the club intends to add to the club fairly aggressively, judging by GM Jerry Dipoto‘s words that included reassurance from ownership payroll is available.
As teams add to their rosters the likes of Kris Bryant, Marcus Semien, Robbie Ray, Kevin Gausman, Carlos Rodon, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Nelson Cruz, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story, among others, watch the odds change. And if you’re a gambler, take advantage of the latency of the public’s action and the sportsbooks’ reaction to it.
And if you find someone to take your bet on where the Mariners’ World Series odds land come April, well, bet hard on it being well under +5000.
Jason A. Churchill
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