The 2022 MLB season is finally set, as the owners and players eventually came to a new deal regarding their collective bargaining agreement.
Although the year won’t start exactly when it was supposed to, there is a full season that includes 162 games. This should make most baseball fans happy, along with the fact that some of the rules implemented for the pandemic-shortened season are now gone.
Extra innings won’t begin with a player on second base anymore, while double-headers are back to being the full nine innings, as opposed to just seven.
West Virginia sportsbooks released some odds for the MLB year a few weeks ago, but they didn’t feature any individual props because of the uncertainty about the season length.
With everything settled, the Mountain State’s betting platforms are showcasing a wide range of MLB futures. This includes both your favorite teams and players.
MLB odds at WV sportsbooks
The MLB odds are in flux at the moment, due in large part to free agency. Since the offseason was delayed during negotiations, many of the big-name free agents are still in the process of signing new contracts.
It’s an interesting time to place a futures bet on MLB, because a lot can happen still. Players like Carlos Correa and Trevor Story remain unsigned.
If you’re able to accurately project where some of these marquee names land, then you can take advantage of the current odds available.
One market at DraftKings allows you to bet on which team finishes with the best record. This is similar to the odds for the World Series; however, they differ quite a bit.
LA Dodgers or NY Yankees?
One of the biggest free agents just announced his new home. Former Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has joined the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Los Angeles, which already owned one of the best lineups in MLB, just upgraded significantly with one of the best players in the sport. The only knock against the well-liked Freeman is his age. He turned 32 last September.
His new six-year contract with the Dodgers is worth $162 million. He’ll join the likes of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger in what’s the most dangerous roster in baseball.
Even before the move, the Dodgers were considered the favorite to win the 2022 World Series. According to DraftKings WV, they’re now listed at +500 to win it all, with a decent gap between themselves and the second-ranked team.
The online sportsbook shows the New York Yankees there with odds of +900.
The Toronto Blue Jays are posted second here behind the Dodgers, with odds of +600.
They’ve had a busy month as well, adding a couple of impact guys to a team that won 91 contests a year ago. Toronto added pitcher Yusei Kikuchi and traded for Oakland’s third baseman Matt Chapman.
Although their order isn’t exactly what the Dodgers are rolling out, it’s extremely impressive, with stars like Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and George Springer.
Betting on MLB futures markets
There are plenty of additional futures options for every team. Bettors can put action down on the winner of each league and division, as well as each franchise’s regular-season win total.
Many in the Mountain State enjoy the Pittsburgh sports scene, which means the Pirates in the spring. While they aren’t projected to do anything spectacular this year, you can bet against their specific team numbers.
At DraftKings, the Pirates’ win total sits at 65.5, with both the over and under listed at -110. These are the types of markets fans should look at for a team like this. Pittsburgh’s odds to make the postseason are +1500, compared to -5000 for it to miss the playoffs.
The online sportsbook offers a few other intriguing options involving win streaks. Bettors can wager on which team will record the longest win streak of the season, with the Pirates near the bottom at +15000.
Again, there are ones for each team, too.
DraftKings set the Pirates’ potential streak at 5.5 games. The odds are leaning toward the under at -165, whereas the over 5.5 is +135.
Pittsburgh’s longest successful streak all-time ended at 17 games in both 1937 and 1938. This ranks in a tie for 14th for the regular season.
MLB odds: player futures and prop bets
Player futures and props are another great way to bet on baseball. Similar to the available team options, there are set odds for individual players, as well as markets for who will lead certain statistical categories.
The ever-popular MVP
The MVP is a popular section, and choosing the right player before the year starts can result in a huge payoff. Even the top few favorites for each league feature odds near +300.
In the NL, the Nationals’ Juan Soto is above everyone by a significant margin. He’s posted at +280 to earn MVP honors, with the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. next at +700.
The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and last year’s winner, Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, are the only others inside of +1000 at +900.
The AL shows three players well ahead of the others. Last season’s MVP, the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, leads with odds of +350; however, his teammate Mike Trout and Gurrero Jr. are right behind at +400.
Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award props
Pittsburgh fans can potentially earn some money from the Rookie of the Year category. Its shortstop Oneil Cruz is the current favorite to win the award in the NL at +300.
The massive Dominican (6’7”, 210 lbs) recorded nine at-bats in 2021 and didn’t miss his opportunity. He got three hits, producing three RBI, and came around to score on two of those.
Cruz at short and fellow youngster Ke’Bryan Hayes at third base creates one of the most exciting infield combinations in the majors.
The Cy Young Award always receives lots of attention, too.
New York’s Gerrit Cole (+425), Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (+700) and Seattle’s Robbie Ray (+900) are the top three in the American League.
DraftKings provides the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (+380) as the sizable favorite in the NL. He’s followed by these pitchers:
- Max Scherzer +800
- Corbin Burnes +800
- Walker Buehler +850
- Zack Wheeler +1000
- Brandon Woodruff +1000