The World Series is here! The regular season started in April, and now we’re close to heading into late October for the World Series.
It’s been an absolute grind in the MLB. Each team played 162 regular season games, and then the postseason began.
There are many markets and ways to bet on the World Series. There are also plenty of different betting odds to break down and think about.
That’s why I’m here. Here’s an odds update before the first game of the World Series, which will be on Friday night.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros
World Series Round
Friday, October 28, 2022 – Saturday, November 05, 2022
The NL’s worst seed is now playing against the AL’s best in the World Series. The Philadelphia Phillies weren’t even top two in the NL East this season but snuck into the Wild Card and caught fire.
Meanwhile, they’ll take on the Houston Astros, who haven’t lost a postseason game this year. The Astros could ultimately put together one of the best postseason performances in history.
What Do the Odds Say?
The Houston Astros are at -185 to win the World Series, while the Phillies are at +160. With both teams earning early wins in the Championship Series, it’s likely that both teams pitch their best starters to begin the series.
It’s unclear about pitching matchups, but again, the expectation is that we’ll see the best starters early on in the series.
The Astros will also have home field advantage. This means that they’ll have Game 7 at home if it comes down to it.
World Series Props
If you’re looking to bet on World Series props, there are many to look through. Not only can you pick the series winner, but you can also try and select:
- The series correct score
- The MVP
- The series handicap
- And much more
Correct Score Props
The series correct score with the highest probability is the Astros to win 4-2 over the Phillies at +340. The Phillies to sweep would be +1800 odds, while the Astros to sweep would be +850.
The Astros have swept in the ALDS and ALCS., so taking a shot on something like +850 for them to sweep in the World Series might not be such a bad bet after all.
The World Series MVP props are also out. Yordan Alvarez is projected to win the award, at +650. Bryce Harper is right behind him at +850 odds. The Astros have four other players on the list before Kyle Schwarber’s name pops up at +1300.
Again, the Astros are favored to win the World Series. Therefore, most of their players would have a higher probability of winning the award than Philadelphia players.
But if you like Philadelphia to win the World Series, finding Harper at +850, Schwarber at +1300, or even Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler at +1600 and +1700 respectively seems like a bargain.
Also, Houston’s hottest hitters are Alex Bregman and Jeremy Pena. Not Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. That’s something to think about. Pena is +1700 to win the MVP.
Playoff Round Props
You can bet on the number of players to record 1+ Home Run in the series. The line is set at 8.5, with the over-juiced a bit at -135.
A lot of ace pitchers typically don’t allow a string of runs but will make mistakes and allow a long ball in big, tight situations.
If you think both rotations will be lock-down in this series, you’d take the under. If you think this series lasts just four games, you’d also take the under.
But there’s a good chance that if this series goes seven games, we’ll get more than eight homers.
Most Home Runs Props
You’re also able to bet on the player who records the most home runs in the series. Again, Alvarez has the highest probability, with a +360 price tag.
Schwarber is next on the list at +400, and then Harper is at +600.
But some of the hotter postseason bats like Rhys Hoskins and Jeremy Pena are much lower odds and have some value.
Lastly, you can bet on the series game-by-game. We don’t know the starters for Game 1 just yet, but the Astros are still already -170 favorites in the first game with anticipation that Justin Verlander will get the start.
But even if Verlander starts, he’ll still have to face Aaron Nola or Zack Wheeler in the first game of the series. I’m not sure any team should be -170 when facing Nola or Wheeler.
There are things to think about when making your MLB picks for the World Series round.
There are so many options and odds so make sure to look through all of them!
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