The Major League Baseball season is coming to a close, but there’s still lots to decide on the field in the final full month of the regular season. West Virginia sportsbooks provide updated odds for all of the important MLB futures, including each of the key player awards.
Just when it appears as if baseball fans know who will participate in the 2022 World Series, things turn upside down.
While some teams feel secure about their position in the upcoming postseason, some do not. Several tight division races are remaining, which should make for a very interesting September and October.
Let’s take a closer look at the most intriguing MLB odds available to close out this current season.
Sportsbooks in West Virginia post odds for MLB division winner
American League Central
The most competitive division overall might be the AL Central. Despite no team owning more than 66 victories, the battle for the division crown is looking like it’s going to come down to the wire.
At the moment, the Cleveland Guardians hold the lead in first, with a four-game edge over both the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox.
Ironically, not one of these teams is playing particularly well. Cleveland is 6-4 in its last 10, a few games better than its opponents.
DraftKings Sportsbook WV shows the Guardians as the team to beat down the stretch. It lists them with odds of -190 to take the division, with Chicago (+300) and Minnesota (+475) not far behind.
The White Sox were favored at the beginning of the year; however, they’ve been a disappointment for the majority of the campaign. Chicago features a loaded roster and great pitching but can’t seem to put it together. Its record sits at just one game over .500, at 63-62.
These teams’ matchups will prove to be the determining factor in who grabs the AL Central.
Cleveland squares off against Minnesota eight more times before the season is complete, whereas it sees the White Sox in only four more contests.
It’s likely to keep leaning on third baseman Jose Ramirez on the offensive end to try to wrap things up. He’s playing great this season, with an OPS of .901 to go along with 25 home runs and 104 RBIs thus far.
National League East
The race in the NL East is nearly as close. Currently, the New York Mets possess first place, two games ahead of the Atlanta Braves in second. The Philadelphia Phillies are still in the conversation as well but would need to make a big push as they’re sitting 9.5 games back right now.
According to BetMGM Sportsbook WV, the Mets hold a solid advantage with odds of -350. The Braves are next at +250, while the Phillies are at +30000.
This is fairly interesting considering the Braves are the defending World Series champs. They’re also just a couple of games back in the standings and host a three-game set against the Mets at the very end of the season.
WV sportsbooks support New York so much in part because of ace pitcher Jacob deGrom‘s return. In five games since coming back from an injury, deGrom owns an ERA of 2.15 to go with 46 strikeouts in slightly over 29 innings.
He’s one of the best pitchers of his generation and can help take the Mets back to the promised land if he stays upright.
Books also recognize that the arm behind deGrom is a top-tier talent. Max Scherzer is recently back in action for the Mets too but didn’t miss nearly the amount of time as deGrom.
Scherzer is 9-3 on the year, with a 2.33 ERA and 137 strikeouts, which ranks him inside the top 30 for eligible pitchers.
It makes sense that the Mets are favored, but that doesn’t mean they’ll run away with the NL East.
Braves players fight for NL Rookie of the Year
Two rookies from Atlanta find themselves atop the odds for the NL Rookie of the Year in 2022. Both pitcher Spencer Strider and outfielder Michael Harris are performing well above expectations, and both have a real shot at the award.
DraftKings is giving the nod to Strider right now; he’s shown at -145 to take the ROY honors. Harris is right there, though, with odds of +100.
Strider ranks among the top 12 in strikeouts this year with 151. His ERA and WHIP appear solid, at 2.95 and 1.02, respectively.
Strider solidified himself as one of the consistent contributors on this impressive Braves pitching staff. Even with guys like Max Fried, Kyle Wright, and Charlie Morton, Strider’s play gives him a spot in the postseason rotation.
Similarly, Harris provided a boost to a veteran lineup that was already seen as one of MLB’s best. The 21-year-old is hitting .286, with an OPS of .835 at the end of August.
In addition to his offense, Harris continues to play well as a quality defensive outfielder who also causes problems on the basepaths. The rookie stole 15 bags so far this year without being caught once.
Since this category is so close, whichever player is the hottest over the last two weeks will probably take it. The local Pittsburgh Pirates’ exciting young infielder, Oneil Cruz, is tied for third for the award but is a ways back at +9000.