It was not long after the Atlanta Braves had claimed the 2021 World Series that oddsmakers were hard at work looking ahead to see if the Braves would repeat as world champions or another team would take the Fall Classic.
As it turns out, the oddsmakers at WynnBET do not have the Atlanta Braves as the favorite to win the 2022 World Series. In fact, the Braves currently have the fifth-best odds to capture the World Series trophy again next fall.
If not the Atlanta Braves, which team is favored to win the 2022 World Series?
Here are the current odds from WynnBET, courtesy of our friends at BetSided.
Now, obviously there are some interesting numbers in this list, and odds will very likely change dramatically between now and the opening of the 2022 season, depending on what players end up with what teams during the offseason.
But let’s start at the top of these 2022 odds with some observations. It’s perhaps no surprise that the Dodgers start the offseason with the best odds of winning the World Series. They did, after all, win it all in 2020 and made it to the 2021 National League Championship Series before running into a strong Atlanta team and injuries.
It’s also little surprise that the Astros are picked so highly (second overall), but there are certainly questions there, especially surrounding the future of Carlos Correa in a Houston uniform.
However, the San Diego Padres with the third-best odds is a bit of a stunner. Sure, a new manager is in place in Bob Melvin. Is that the missing piece to push a talented roster not only past the Dodgers in their own division, but also the rest of Major League Baseball?
Behind the New York Yankees overall, the Braves not only have the fifth-best odds overall, but the third-best odds in the National League. Perhaps those odds will improve if and when Atlanta can come to terms with Freddie Freeman on a new deal.
Sure, it’s a long way until March 31 when Atlanta opens the 2022 season in Miami against the Marlins. We’ll be watching to see exactly how the odds change for Atlanta and the rest of MLB as the offseason rolls along.