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MLB is Back! A Look at the Projected World Series Betting Favorites

A look at the MLB teams with the best World Series Odds

It’s that time of year again. After a lengthy lockout, MLB season is finally back, and the buzz is real. The Braves found themselves back on top of the baseball world with an impressive World Series victory last year. Which teams begin 2022 with the best odds to win it all? Let’s have a look at how teams stack up as of April 6.

Los Angeles Dodgers: +450

It should come as no surprise that the Dodgers are the betting favorites coming in to the season. This is where they have been projected in April for the last several years, though the only World Series they have win with their current core, came in MLB’s bubble, the circumstances a bit different.

They went out and signed Freddie Freeman, this year’s hot acquisition. They acquired Craig Kimbrel to become the new closer. They have continued to spend and make trades. Perhaps this can be the time that this stacked squad can put it together and get back on top of the world.

Toronto Blue Jays: +750

They haven’t won a playoff game since 2016, but the Blue Jays have been building something special for the last several years. They begin the year as the AL team having the best odds to win it all. The most exciting part of Toronto’s core is that it consists of sons of MLB legends. Vlad Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette.

They have rounded out their starting rotation with the signing of Kevin Gausman and acquisition of Jose Berrios. Jordan Romano is a more-than-capable closer. Plus. George Springer, should he be able to stay healthy, brings them championship pedigree. Beware of the Jays.

Houston Astros: +900

They still don’t have a popular rep around the league, but one thing has stayed the same. The Houston Astros are indeed contenders, coming off an AL title in 2021. The team has talent up and down the roster, and will get Justin Verlander back this season.

With their lineup still being powered by the likes of Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, Houston is as dangerous as ever. If they are able to stay healthy, there is no question that they can contend with Toronto and the other AL powerhouse teams.

Chicago White Sox/New York Yankees/Milwaukee Brewers/Atlanta Braves (+1200)

There is a four-way tie for the fourth-best odds between Atlanta, Chicago, the Yankees and the Brewers. The White Sox had a tremendous regular season last year, but could not parlay it into playoff success, falling 3-1 in the ALDS against Houston.

The Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009, and fans of the 29 other MLB teams make sure to let them know every year. Let’s find out of Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole can help lead them to finally end their drought.

As for the Brewers, they have made four straight playoff trips. They have not had a losing record since 2016, and project to remain as a favorite all season long. Watch out for them as the team with perhaps the best chance to snip the Dodgers in the playoffs.

The Braves won’t feel the pressure a lot of teams coming off a World Series title usually do to repeat. Having finally gotten over the hump, the key for them is to remain competitive. They built something special and were able to replace Freddie Freeman with Matt Olson. A title this season is just the icing on the already exquisite cake.

*ODDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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by Danny Scaramella - Tipico

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Lorenzo's Locks: Divisional Round Games

The Green Bay Packers are coming off their first round bye and are the healthiest they have been all season long. Aaron Rodgers is surgical at home, especially when coming off a bye. Now although the 49ers have been red-hot in recent play, their two best defenders, Bosa and Warner, were injured vs the Cowboys and may be slowed down against Green Bay. The Packers also went 7-1 against the spread this season at home. Lorenzo is locking in the Packers and the spread. Onto the AFC, Lorenzo likes the Buffalo Bills in an upset. Buffalo played their most complete game of the entire season last week against New England. The Bills have been clicking on all cylinders and are 4-1 against the spread over their last five. Their offense is comparable with Kansas City's and Buffalo has the edge on defense. The Chiefs have been unreliable at home, while the Bills excel on the road as underdogs. Lorenzo is locking int the Bills to win and to cover the spread. The Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers has everything in the making for an offensive showdown. Tom Brady knows how to pick apart defenses and with the Rams electric offense, Lorenzo sees this game as a shootout. In week 3, the Rams beat the Bucs and 58 points were scored. Although Lorenzo likes the Bucs in this matchup, he is locking in the OVER in total points scored.

BETFTW! On Site Wild Card Weekend

The AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8th features the New England Patriots traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. We all remember what happened the last time these two faced off in Buffalo. New England has cooled down after their mid-season hot streak, winning only one of their last four, including a Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins. This season, New Englands holds a better record against the spread than the Buffalo Bills. Bills beat reporter Sal Maiorana highlights the rubber match and game three between these two teams this weekend. Weather will continue to be a factor in their matchups. This has the chance to be one of the coldest games in Bills and Patriots history, and even close to league history. Wind chills are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below zero. So who will this favor? The Patriots took advantage of the wind in their first matchup against Buffalo and pulled off the win. Then Buffalo's offense took control and came out with a win in Foxboro. If the wind is manageable, Maiorana expects a great game for Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the X-factor. The last time these two teams faced, Allen lit up the Patriots for three touchdowns and over 300 yards. If the Bills can contain the running game and make Mac Jones be a true quarterback, Maiorana thinks Buffalo can handle their business and move on to the divisional round.

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Lorenzo's Locks: Wild Card Weekend

The Playoffs are here and Lorenzo isn't taking any chances against Tom Brady. The Bucs continue to have one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL, with Tom Brady locked in. The Eagles have also been hot as of late, closing out the season winning six of their final eight games, but the competition they played was incredibly weak. Some of their wins came against the Jets, Giants, and two against Washington. The Eagles secondary is also weak and Tom Brady will look to expose their defense. Since Brady joined Tampa Bay, the Bucs are 9-5 against the spread at home. Lorenzo likes the Bucs winning and covering the spread. The hottest team in the NFC down the stretch, may have been the 49ers. In their final 11 games, San Francisco went post an 8-3 record in wins and against the spread. Although Dallas likes to establish the run early, the 49ers are built to stop the run. Their pass-rush generated 24 sacks in the last six games of the season and will look to pressure Dak Prescott early. If the 49ers can avoid turnovers, Lorenzo sees them covering the spread and upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, a divisional matchup to play each other for the third time this season. The Rams face the Cardinals with two electric offenses taking the field. The Rams have showed inconsistencies with their superstar lineup and haven't lived up to their expectations. The Cardinals are great on the road as underdogs and Lorenzo sees this game coming down to the wire and decided by less than a field goal. He predicts the Rams to win, but the Cardinals to cover.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico

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