2023 World Series Betting Odds
The first World Series took place in 1903 when the Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three.
After not cooperating with each other up until then, the AL and NL leagues decided their best opportunity to grow as a sport was to work together.
In 1904, the New York Giants refused to play Boston in the World Series and no champion was crowned. In 1994 there was no champion declared because of prolonged players strike.
In 1992 and 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first team located outside of the US to be crowned World Series champions.
This year the Blue Jays are once again one of the betting favorites, starting the season at +1100 odds.
Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers went out and won an incredible 106 games in the regular season last year, but unfortunately for fans of the Blue and White, the San Francisco Giants won 107 and the NL West title.
LA was eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves. So what do you do if you are the Dodgers and you go a year without making the World Series?
You sign ex-Brave Freddie Freeman to a big contract and make an already great team even better.
Houston Astros – The Houston Astros somehow were +1700 odds to win the World Series this time last year. Nobody is sleeping on the 2022 Astros, who fell only a couple of wins short of achieving their 2021 World Series goal.
With names like Altuve, Bregman, Alvarez, and Tucker, the Astros can hit. If Framber Valdez, Luis Garcia, and Jose Urquidy all continue to progress, Houston should be stacked in their starting rotation as well.
New York Mets – There may be no better top three on a pitching rotation than Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Chris Bassitt.
Mets owner Steve Cohen has promised the New York faithful a championship in the near term and it appears that money won’t be the reason they don’t achieve it.
With Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, and Starling Marte all wearing Mets pinstripes this year, the offense should be almost as good as their pitching, which makes them a very dangerous team.
Chicago White Sox – Maybe the best thing the Chicago White Sox has going for them is the division they play in.
In the AL East, the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Rays are all ranked inside the top seven teams to win the World Series according to the MLB odds.
In the AL Central, the White Sox are ranked 5th, followed by the Tigers at 17th and Cleveland Guardians at 21st.
Barring some major catastrophes during the regular season, this means Chicago will win their division and get to the playoffs. From a futures betting standpoint, this is a big advantage.
New York Yankees – It is no surprise to see the New York Yankees near the top of the odds list, because they are in fact, after all, the New York Yankees.
Love them or hate them, the Yankees are always relevant and capable of spending their way to the top.
Last year New York won 92 games and found their way into the playoffs. Their starting rotation after Gerrit Cole leaves a lot to be desired currently.
However, if you expect that New York will spend some money to fix those pitching holes, then now might just be the best time to invest in them.
Toronto Blue Jays – Maybe nobody in baseball has had a better offseason than the Toronto Blue Jays and we say that about a team who let the defending AL Cy Young award winner walk.
All Toronto has done this year is sign Jose Berrios long-term, sign Kevin Gausman to replace Robbie Ray, sign Yusei Kikuchi, and trade for the defensive hot-corner guru Matt Chapman.
For a team that finished one game out of the playoffs last year, they appear to be prepared to take the next step in 2022.
Atlanta Braves – The Atlanta Braves found themselves below .500 at the all-star break last year, lost their best overall player in Ronald Acuna for the season with a torn ACL, and then went out and won the World Series.
Although Atlanta did lose longtime Brave and the face of the franchise this offseason in Freddie Freeman, they were able to replace him with another monster bat at 1B, Matt Olson.
With Acuna projected to be back and at full strength, the Braves should be poised to make another deep playoff run.
Tampa Bay Rays – Every year it’s always fun to play the Rays roster game. By that I mean, try and name 3-5 Tampa Bay Rays who will have a great season.
It’s never an easy game to play, but the lack of household names in Tampa never seems to prevent them from winning.
Last year the Rays were the best team in the AL East by 8 games, over other top teams like Boston, New York, and Toronto.
Tampa was the only American League team to win 100 games, despite having the 26th lowest payroll in baseball of the 30 total teams.
San Diego Padres – Last year, the San Diego Padres began the season with high expectations and were a very trendy World Series futures pick.
Instead, if it could go wrong in 2021 it did go wrong, and San Diego found themselves 28 games back of the division-winning Giants when the season ended.
This year, Padres fans have already learned that oft-injured superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. will miss time again with a broken wrist. News of the Tatis injury made odds fall even lower on the Padres.
However, if San Diego can hold their own with Tatis out of the lineup, you can expect bettors to be jumping on the Padres once he returns.
2021 World Series
The 2021 World Series was played between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves.
The Astros had home-field advantage for the series based on their superior regular-season record and sportsbooks made them the betting favorite at -150 odds.
However, Atlanta was able to split the first two games between Houston, before coming home to win the next two and take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Eventually, Atlanta knocked off the Astros in six games, winning their first championship banner since 1995. Jorge Soler was named World Series MVP.
Before the final series started, Soler was +3500 to be named World Series MVP. Those who wagered a Unit on the longshot obviously cashed a big-ticket.
Although Atlanta started the season at +900, by the time September rolled around, the Braves were without their best player in Ronald Acuna and sitting at +1500 odds.
Despite the return of Acuna to their lineup this year, the defending champions find themselves at +1400 odds to start this season.
World Series Futures Betting
Futures betting is about being well informed, well researched, and ahead of the market.
With 30 teams trying their best over the course of 162 regular-season games, there is a lot of volatility that occurs during a baseball season.
Last year, the Atlanta Braves were 51-54 at the all-star break and somehow went on to be crowned World Series champions.
What experienced bettors are trying to do with futures bets is buy teams at their Best Odds. You want to invest in teams before the rest of the betting public realizes how good they really are.
A good example is the Houston Astros from last year. At the beginning of the season, the Astros were +1700 odds to win the World Series.
As the season continued to play out, the odds on the Astros continued to drop and drop and then drop some more.
By the time the final series rolled around, people were betting on the Astros to win it all at -150 odds.
Even though Houston didn’t win the World Series, a veteran gambler will take a lot of pride in knowing that they invested in a team at +1700 odds and by the end of that ticket’s life, the odds were down to -150.
By being well researched, well informed, and ahead of the market, savvy gambler gives themselves the opportunity to buy teams at their very Best Odds.
Where Can You Bet MLB World Series Futures
You can definitely bet MLB futures online.
There is so much competition between the sportsbooks to try and earn our business right now, that one of the ways they are trying to differentiate themselves is through their digital technology.
As consumers, this means better, faster, and easier to use legal betting apps for us to do our research, create accounts and place our bets.
With a renewed focus on customer service by the sportsbooks, it’s also never been easier to withdraw funds and gamble responsibly.
How To Place An MLB World Series Futures Bet
The first thing we have to do is check out the many bonus offerings available to us. We can find all the best available bonuses.
- Once we have found the sportsbook with the bonus offering that excites us the most, we need to create an account and log-in.
- After our account is created we are only a few clicks away from placing our MLB World Series Futures bets.
- In the baseball betting section, click on Futures and then click on World Series.
- We should now have odds for all 30 major league teams to win the Fall Classic.
What happens next is up to you!
We always recommend you track all your bets either with a spreadsheet or software designed to help you keep a record of your wagers.
This is the best way to stay within your money management plan and to learn from your past history and results.
Recent World Series Winning Teams
|2021||Atlanta Braves||Defeated Houston (6 games)|
|2020||LA Dodgers||Defeated Tampa Bay (6 games)|
|2019||Washington Nationals||Defeated Houston (7 games)|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||Defeated LA (5 games)|
|2017||Houston Astros||Defeated LA (7 games)|
|2016||Chicago Cubs||Defeated Cleveland (7 games)|
|2015||Kansas City Royals||Defeated NY Mets (5 games)|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||Defeated KC (7 games|
|2013||Boston Red Sox||Defeated St. Louis (6 games)|
|2012||San Francisco Giants||Defeated Detroit (4 games)|
Most World Series Appearances By Franchise
|Total||Team||World Series Record|
|40||New York Yankees||27 – 13|
|21||Los Angeles Dodgers||7 – 14|
|20||San Francisco Giants||8 – 12|
|19||St. Louis Cardinals||11 – 8|
|14||Oakland Athletics||9 – 5|
|13||Boston Red Sox||9 – 4|
|11||Detroit Tigers||4 – 7|
|11||Chicago Cubs||3 – 8|
|10||Atlanta Braves||4 – 6|
|9||Cincinnati Reds||5 – 4|