History of MLB World Series
Major League Baseball’s championship game, the World Series, puts the American League Championship Series (ALCS) winner against the National League Championship Series (NLCS) winner in a best out of seven series. When the World Series first began in 1903, the World Series was a best out of nine series between the AL and NL teams with the best record. The format would go to seven in 1905; the two teams set to play the 1904 World Series never played due to the NL champion New York Giants‘ refusal to play the game. The World Series would go back to a best of nine format for three years from 1919 to 1921 before going back to the best of seven format in 1922.
The format of the World Series has been the same since 1922; however, the way teams make it to the World Series has changed over the years. The World Series started with the team with the best record from the AL facing the team with the best record in the NL has changed with the addition of MLB post-season playoffs. When 1969 came around, MLB added a two-team playoff and split teams into two separate conferences within the AL and NL. Both leagues got an Eastern Division and Western Division, with the team with the best record in each division facing each other in a best of five playoff game, with the winner advancing to the World Series.
The two-team playoff would last until 1994, when MLB changed the number of divisions in each league from two to three. The change allowed the top team in each division to go to the MLB playoffs and added one extra team that had the best record in the league but didn’t win their division. The way that teams get to the World Series has changed over the years. However, the format of the World Series has remained the same for an entire century when the 2022 season starts.
MLB World Series Betting Picks
When people look at the MLB World Series odds 2022, they might be inclined to take the favorite early on. Sometimes people will pick the team that made it to the World Series the previous year. But there have only been two teams consistently making it to the World Series over the past five years. Those two teams are the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers lineup is solid for the MLB season, while the Astros are looking to get their Ace pitcher Justin Verlander back in action for the season. They are solid contenders every season and don’t look to be stopping that trend anytime soon. The 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves will be fighting to be the first back-to-back World Series Champions since the New York Yankees did that in 2000.
MLB World Series Betting Trends
The World Series betting trends see the Dodgers become more of a favorite as Spring Training goes on. The Astros and Braves have slipped some during Spring Training with the MLB World Series odds, while teams like the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have made an upward trend with the odds. Most of the other teams involved have either stayed the same or made very little movement.
World Series Futures
The World Series futures allow gamblers to pick which team they think will win the World Series. People can bet on MLB World Series odds on these futures before the MLB regular season starts. People can also make World Series futures bets during the season if they choose to do so. The MLB world series odds have the Los Angeles Dodgers as the early favorite to win the World Series, while last year’s runner-up, the Houston Astros, have MLB odds to win the World Series around +1000.
After the MLB regular-season starts, the MLB World Series odds for these futures wagers will move. Teams with the best record will be the favorite in the futures MLB World Series odds. When the season gets closer to the World Series Championship game, odds will shift to possible negative odds for the favorite, depending on how good they are compared to other MLB teams.
Some of the best odds on teams for World Series futures are found before the MLB season officially starts. But as time goes on, the teams with the best record will continue to be at the top of the list and have lower odds. But even with the shifting of the odds during the season, people can find odds that turn out to be good for them in the end.
The most recent example of this was when the 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves were +5000 and had a 0.3% chance of winning the World Series after the All-Star break ended. Odds in the MLB World Series futures are constantly moving, so always look at what’s going on with the teams to see why there is a shift in those MLB World Series odds. While you can find value in the MLB World Series odds later in the season, that can be risky as the close to the end of the season leaves very few games for a team to catch up to make the playoffs.
How to bet on the World Series
- Place a $50 bet on Los Angeles Dodgers +500
- Place a $25 bet on Houston Astros +1000
- Place a $25 bet on New York Yankees +1100
- Is there a team with players who have made improvements to make a run for the World Series?
- Is there a team that had a chance to win last year’s World Series, only to come up short?
- Did the winner from last year keep all the same players and coaches to help their chances of repeating a World Series run?
- Did teams in the MLB improve their rosters in an attempt to stop last year’s World Series winner from winning it again?
- Are there any standout players called up or signed by a team to help them win the World Series?
- Have any pre-season trades been made that could affect a team’s chances of winning the World Series?
- Are there any injured players that will be out for an extended amount of time?
- Has the team made any trades before the trade deadline in hopes of making a push for winning the World Series?
- Is there a team getting on a hot streak or cold streak that could affect their chances of winning the World Series?
- Does the team have a solid or weak bullpen?
- Does the team have a hitter getting on a hot or cold streak as the season progresses?
|2022 World Series Teams To Bet On||Moneyline Odds|
|1||Los Angeles Dodgers||-200|
|3||New York Yankees||+1000|
|5||Chicago White Sox||+1100|
|6||Boston Red Sox||+1800|
|8||Tampa Bay Rays||+1600|
|9||San Diego Padres||+1200|
|10||Toronto Blue Jays||+1000|
|11||New York Mets||+1100|
|12||San Francisco Giants||+2000|
|13||St. Louis Cardinals||+2000|
|16||Los Angeles Angels||+2800|
|26||Kansas City Royals||+10000|
Frequently Asked Questions
Series first began in 1903, the World Series was a best out of nine series between the AL and NL teams with the best record.
The World Series futures allow gamblers to pick which team they think will win the World Series.
Those two teams are the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the MLB regular-season starts, the MLB World Series odds for these futures wagers will move. Teams with the best record will be the favorite in the futures MLB World Series odds.