2022 World Series Odds: Dodgers Maintain Favorite Status as Betts Comes Alive

In our latest MLB World Series odds update, we highlight the ever-dominant Los Angeles Dodgers, who still boast the best run differential in baseball. This has been in large part to Mookie Betts' otherworldly performance in May.

Last Updated: May 25, 2022 9:31 AM ET Read Time: 5 min
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We're almost two months into the MLB season and the races are taking shape. But it's still early enough that disappointing teams still have time to play catch up and overachievers could crash down to reality at any moment.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, however, remain the most feared team in baseball and have maintained the shortest odds to win the Fall Classic ever since the start of the offseason. And even after a slight blip, the New York Yankees are still the cream of the AL crop.

Here are the current betting odds to win the 2022 World Series:

Odds to win the 2022 World Series

The odds below are up-to-date within a five-minute delay and reflect the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks. Be sure to compare MLB futures odds before betting to ensure you get the best number.

Favorites to win the World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)

The 29-13  Dodgers remain the clear betting favorites to win the 2022 World Series. They own the best record in the National League and have the best run differential in MLB by a significant margin. Not only have the Dodgers scored 102 more runs than they've allowed, but no other team in the NL has a run differential better than +51 (Mets). Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler have been incredible atop the rotation and Freddie Freeman has come as advertised with his .302 batting average. Perhaps most encouraging has been the recent play of Mookie Betts. After a slow start, the former MVP is batting .345/.414/.747 with nine home runs since the start of May. He leads the Dodgers in FanGraphs WAR and his 12 total home runs pace the National League.

New York Yankees (+600)

The Bronx Bombers are the first to 30 with their 30-13 record entering Wednesday.  Aaron Judge — who still doesn't have a contract beyond this season — is a big reason for this success. He leads the majors with a whopping 17 home runs, de-juiced ball be damned, and is slashing .314/.386.692 through 41 games. He'll have competition for the hardware, but Judge winning his first MVP while helping drag the Yankees across the finish line in October is certainly a possibility. Of course, it doesn't hurt that New York has maybe baseball's best pitching staff even with closer Aroldis Chapman hitting the IL.

New York Mets (+800)

Not to be outdone by their counterparts from the Bronx, the Mets are representing Queens in style. Only the Dodgers have scored more runs and no offense boasts a better batting average than the Mets' mark of .263. Pete Alonso has brought the power with his 11 long balls, but Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil have buoyed the offense with their elite on-base skills. Losing Max Scherzer to a lengthy injury with ace Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill already on the shelf is worrisome, but if the Mets can tread water in their absences, they won't be too worse for wear. 

Outside the Top 3, there is a logjam of teams at 20/1 odds or better including the Houston Astros (+900), Milwaukee Brewers (+900), Toronto Blue Jays (+900), San Diego Padres (+1,000), Los Angeles Angels (+1,400), Tampa Bay Rays (+1,400), Atlanta Braves (+1,600), Chicago White Sox (+1,800), and Minnesota Twins (+2,000).

Understanding World Series futures odds

Sportsbooks will post odds for the World Series as early as the day after the end of the previous MLB postseason. These odds are constantly adjusted throughout the offseason as players get hurt or are suspended or traded. Once the season begins, title odds will change as often as daily as teams win and lose games and as players get hurt or suspended. Sportsbooks will also adjust MLB futures odds based on handle and liability to certain teams.

World Series futures odds will usually look like this:

  • Houston Astros +210

This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to profit $210 if the Astros win the World Series. If it's close to the end of the regular season or during the playoffs and if there is a very dominant team, you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds. 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers -120

This means that you would need to bet $120 to win $100 on a Dodgers championship.

Above we have posted the American odds for MLB futures. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.

How to bet on MLB futures odds

There are a few different ways to bet on professional baseball futures odds. One way is by selecting the winner of the World Series. You're able to do this from basically after the final out of the previous year's World Series all the way through to next year's playoffs.

There are many other baseball futures markets to dive into as well, such as odds to win the National League and American League pennants, odds to win each division within both the NL and AL, and by taking the Over or Under on a team's total wins for the season. Some sportsbooks will also offer markets on player awards such as the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year.

Get more baseball betting strategies in our How to Bet section and join the conversation with thousands of serious baseball bettors in our MLB Betting Forum

Which states have legal MLB betting?

The 30 states below have legalized single-game wagering to some degree, whether that be at retail locations or online mobile betting on betting sites. In addition, nine other states are in the process of considering legal sports betting.

If you're in a state that allows mobile, online betting, make sure you know which sites are the best baseball betting sites. The best betting sites offer sharp odds, quick payouts and are safe and secure when it comes to depositing and withdrawing your money. 

Legal State Retail Mobile
Arizona Yes Yes
Arkansas Yes No
Colorado Yes Yes
Connecticut Yes Yes
Delaware Yes No
DC Yes Yes
Illinois Yes Yes
Indiana Yes Yes
Iowa Yes Yes
Louisiana  Yes Yes
Maryland Yes No
Michigan Yes Yes
Mississippi Yes No
Montana Yes No
Nevada Yes Yes
New Hampshire Yes Yes
New Jersey Yes Yes
New Mexico Yes No
New York Yes Yes
North Carolina Yes No
Oregon Yes Yes
Pennsylvania Yes Yes
Rhode Island Yes Yes
South Dakota Yes No
Tennessee No Yes
Virginia No Yes
Washington Yes Yes
West Virginia Yes Yes
Wisconsin Yes No
Wyoming No Yes

Legal states as of May 18, 2022.

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