As June approaches, so let's take a look at the latest World Series odds.
The latest: The Atlanta Braves, who won it all in 2021, are the favourites after opening the season in fourth on our odds leaderboard. The Texas Rangers are a compelling value play and the Baltimore Orioles seem curiously priced at this point.
Here are the latest World Series odds.
World Series odds
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|Team||Odds (May 27)||Odds (May 13)||Odds (pre-season)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+550||+800||+700|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+600||+700||+2,200|
|New York Yankees||+1,200||+1,200||+700|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1,500||+1,300||+1,300|
|New York Mets||+1,700||+1,600||+900|
|San Diego Padres||+1,700||+1,100||+900|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+3,500||+2,500||+2,200|
|Los Angeles Angels||+4,000||+3,300||+5,000|
MLB odds as of 3:20 p.m. on 05/27/2023.
Best World Series odds
The favourites: Atlanta Braves (+525)
Ronald Acuna Jr. is in MVP form and Spencer Strider has made early gains in the NL Cy Young conversation. Oh, and here's the scary part: Neither of those guys was involved in Atlanta's World Series run two years ago.
Acuna was on the team, but he'd torn his ACL that summer. And Strider was still a year away from reaching the majors.
Now, both are key contributors to a team that ranks third in MLB in OPS (.794) and fifth in ERA (3.70).
Atlanta (31-20) is running things atop an NL East and has the best record in the NL. None of the other NL East teams have a positive run differential (the Braves entered May 27 at +56).
The Braves' bullpen is loaded with proven talents, such as Raisel Iglesias, A.J. Minter, Collin McHugh and Kirby Yates. But that group will be tested over the next several weeks as the rotation deals with a pair of injuries.
Max Fried isn't expected back until early July, while Kyle Wright is set to miss even more time (though his timetable is TBD). But Michael Soroka is close to returning, and the rest of the rotation has been holding things down nicely until reinforcements come.
Other World Series choices
|Team||Odds (May 27)||Odds (pre-season)|
|Boston Red Sox||+6,500||+5,500|
|San Francisco Giants||+6,500||+5,500|
|Chicago White Sox||+15,000||+3,500|
|Kansas City Royals||+75,000||+15,000|
Best value: Texas Rangers (+3,500)
The Rangers' odds have tightened a smidge since we last wrote about them, but this still looks like plenty of value for a team with the league's most productive offence. third-place team in the AL West has 7-to-1 odds to win the World Series, while the first-place team has 40-to-1 odds. Go figure.
It's still too early to look at the standings with a serious gaze, but the Rangers have been really impressive in the first two months, and they've held at least a share of the lead in the AL West since April 9.
Marcus Semien (137 OPS+) looks like the guy who starred for the Blue Jays in 2021, Josh Jung (128 OPS+) is having a Rookie of the Year-calibre campaign and Nathan Eovaldi (2.60 ERA) is leading a rotation with a ton of MLB experience.
Jacob deGrom would be the leader of that rotation if he wasn't currently on the injured list. Once he's back in action, we'll like the Rangers' chances even more.
Team to watch: Baltimore Orioles (+4,500)
Our primary concern with the Orioles remains that this team doesn't have much starting pitching.
But the bullpen has been great (3.05 ERA, second in MLB) and the offence has been on the right side of league average (.751 OPS, 11th in MLB). And the wins keep rolling in.
At 33-18, Baltimore has the second-best record in the majors. It also has the second-best record in its own division, but what can you do about that?
We'd feel a lot better about Baltimore if it added to its pitching staff before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, but for now, a 45-to-1 price for one of baseball's best teams nearing the season's one-third mark is really interesting.
Blue Jays World Series odds
Toronto kicked off a recent homestand by sweeping the Atlanta Braves, which was certainly a great demonstration of what this team can do at its peak.
But the results have not been so great since then, including a 2-9 slide against divisional opponents.
There's a ton of respect in baseball for the AL East, a division in which all five teams are playing above-.500 ball.
But Toronto is dead last from that group, and that doesn't make 15-to-1 odds look like a very nice value.
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