World Series Contenders 2022
Tue, Nov 9, 2021
year's MLB was a fascinating one. The
regular season saw a number of great performances and shock results, leaving us
with a very intriguing postseason. In the Wild Card Games, the Boston Red Sox
defeated their old enemies the New York Yankees, whilst the then reigning
champions the LA Dodgers made it past the St. Louis Cardinals. From there, the
last 8 were whittled down to the final two, the Houston Astros and the Atlanta
time of writing, the MLB World Series has literally just concluded. Given that
the Astros and the Braves were both on paper the underdogs in their League
Championship Series games (Astros took on the Red Sox, whilst the Braves faced
off against the Dodgers) it really was a tough World Series to call, with both
sides having a great shot at the title. In recent years, the Astros have been
one of the stronger MLB franchises, winning in 2017, as well as making it to
the final in 2019. When sports fans were searching for free MLB picks before the World Series
began on the 27th of October, the Astros would probably have been the team
they’d have picked to win.
the first two games left the series beautifully poised at 1-1, it was the
Braves who seized the initiative, winning games 3 and 4. The Astros fought back
in game 5, but then the Braves ran out a 7-0 score in game 6, to be crowned as World Series champions for the first time since
celebrations in Atlanta went on long into the night, and we expect the Braves
fans still to be on cloud 9, having won their first championship in over 20
years. Whilst we should let them enjoy the victory for a while, soon enough our
eyes need to look forward, to see what the 2022 MLB has to offer, and who might
be the next World Series champions. The action kicks off on March 31st, and
already fans are wondering what the odds are for each of the top contenders.
Let’s have a look at a few of the teams who stand a chance of winning the 2022 World Series, and see if there are any potentially surprise inclusions in the running for glory.
Can the Braves make it
2 in 2?
will be the question that everyone in Atlanta will be asking themselves right
now. Having waited 22 years for this World Series, they will be desperately
hoping they don’t have a similarly long wait for the next title.
course, if they are able to retain the core of their squad, they stand a good
chance. However, at the time of writing Fox Sports have them as the third
favourites for the 2022 World Series, at 9/1. This means if you were to bet
$10, you would receive $100 back.
Dodgers have been one of the strongestteams in recent years, making it to the 2017 and 2018 World Series, then going on
to win it in 2020. They came close again this year, but lost out to the Braves
in the League Championship Series.
are one of the wealthiest teams in the sport, and also have a huge following
that many other franchises are incredibly jealous of. Manager Dave Roberts has
been with the team for 6 years now, and has always finished either 1st or 2nd
in the NL West. We expect them to be strong again next year, which explains why
they are currently the favourites for the 2022 World Series, with odds of 5/1.
losing finalists this year, but they are another strong team who certainly have
what it takes to mount a serious challenge in 2022. Fox Sports have them as the
second favourites, with odds of 7/1. It will be tough, but with a few smart
additions to their team we think they have what it takes to potentially go all
the way next year.
their wealth and popularity, the Yankees can never be ruled out of World Series
success, even if it has eluded them for a surprisingly long time. They are the
most successful team in MLB history but haven’t won a world championship since
2009. Manager Aaron Boone will be desperate to get it right for his side, and
will do everything it takes to achieve World Series success next year.
teams that feature high up the odds are the Chicago White Sox (last World
Series win was in 2005) the Tampa Bay Rays (losing finalists in 2020) and the
San Diego Padres (yet to win a World Series). It will be fascinating to watch
the 2022 season play out, we just hope the next 4 and a bit months don’t drag