The Atlanta Braves celebrate after winning baseball’s World Series in Game 6 against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Houston. The Braves won 7-0. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves are at opening odds of +1400 to repeat
It’s the Los Angeles Dodgers who are +550 favorites
The Chicago White Sox (+1000) show the shortest odds among American League teams
For the first time since 1995, MLB is entering a Braves new world when it comes to the World Series champions. The Atlanta Braves are the title holders for only the second time since the club relocated to the Georgia city in the mid-1960s.
The champagne-soaked carpet hasn’t even dried yet in the visitor’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, where the Braves celebrated their six-game win over the Houston Astros. That hasn’t stopped online sportsbooks from looking ahead and projecting a 2022 champion in the World Series odds.
Spoiler alert – it isn’t the Braves. Atlanta are given odds of +1400 to repeat. Those odds are making the Braves the co-sixth choice in this betting market with four other teams.
It’s the Los Angeles Dodgers who are the +550 chalk. That makes it three years in a row that LA’s National League team was the opening betting pick to win it all.
2022 World Series Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox
St Louis Cardinals
New York Mets
Los Angeles Angels
Kansas City Royals
Odds as of November 3rd at FanDuel
Dodgers Open As World Series Betting Favorite
With a history of a willingness to do whatever it takes, listing the Dodgers as World Series chalk is entirely understandable. That being said, it’s been years since the boys from Chavez Ravine entered the offseason facing so many uncertainties.
Dodgers utility Chris Taylor 2021 NLCS Highlights pic.twitter.com/sQb3tVgRuM
— Hardball Highlights™ (@HardballVault) October 25, 2021
Starting pitching, a traditional Dodger strength, is in a state of flux. Will they sign free agents Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw? What’s the status of Trevor Bauer? He missed much of the season while under MLB investigation.
Closer Kenley Jansen, reliever Cory Knebel, shortstop Corey Seager and jack-of-all-trades Chris Taylor are other Dodgers free agents. It’s going to be an interesting winter watching to see who stays in Dodger Blue.
White Sox World Series Betting Analysis
The ChiSox are coming off the first back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history. They are loaded in just about every facet of the game. Luis Robert will be an AL MVP candidate.
From the day Luis Robert returned from injury through the end of the season, he and Tim Anderson were #1 & #2 in hitting in all of baseball.
1. Anderson .362 BA
2. Robert .350 BA
3. Goldschmidt .348 BA
4. Soto .344 BA
12. Leury Garcia .328 BA
— Jay Cuda (@JayCuda) October 25, 2021
They’ve been trending upward for two years now and this could be the season that Chicago’s other MLB club goes all the way.
Blue Jays Offer Sensational Value
No team was playing better baseball down the stretch than the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have allowed their young prospects to blossom together and last season, led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr at the plate and Robbie Ray on the mound, they came up one win shy of a postseason berth.
His peers have spoken 🏆@RobbieRay is the 2021 AL Most OUTSTANDING Pitcher! pic.twitter.com/8xWxez5gGN
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 28, 2021
A big factor for Jays will be whether they can retain free agents Ray and infielder Marcus Semien. They’ll be a team to watch regardless.
Odds Dead Against A Braves Repeat
It can be argued that the Braves will be a better team next season. NL MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr and ace starter Mike Sorotka are coming back from season-ending injuries.
A ring #ForTheA!!!
After 26 years, the @Braves are back on top! #CHAMPS pic.twitter.com/4Nj7hcBwI8
— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2021
Here’s the rub – no MLB team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000. The last repeat winner from the NL was the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds.