As Major League Baseball turns the page on another season, sports bettors are quickly shifting their focus to the early futures odds covering the 2022 MLB season. After overcoming considerable hardship this past season while being forced to play their home games south of the border until late July, the Toronto Blue Jays have opened as a strong bet to claim their first American League title since 1993. However, the Blue Jays continue to lag well behind the Houston Astros, who have opened as favourites to repeat as AL champions, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have staked their claim to the top of the opening odds to win the 2022 National League pennant.
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|2022 American League Odds|
|New York Yankees||6.00|
|Chicago White Sox||6.75|
|Tampa Bay Rays||7.00|
|Boston Red Sox||8.50|
|Toronto Blue Jays||10.00|
|Los Angeles Angels||21.00|
|Kansas City Royals||41.00|
Can Blue Jays Break Through in 2022?
After embarking on a torrid run in the second half of the season, powered by their long-awaited return to the friendly confines of Rogers Centre in late July, the Toronto Blue Jays fell just shy of a second straight trip to the MLB postseason in 2021. The Blue Jays closed out their campaign with a respectable 91-71 record, marking their best finish since last winning the AL East back in 2015. And with the club set to return with their youthful and highly talented core still intact, they have opened as an attractive 10.00 bet at William Hill to claim the 2022 AL pennant.
Atlanta Braves finished FIRST in their NL east division with only 88 wins lmao and are now the World Series Champs. Meanwhile 4 out of 5 teams in the @BlueJays (91-71) AL east had 91 wins or more … and were fighting to get into the wild card games😩😩😩 #FML #mlb pic.twitter.com/hJmdAGMzZ1
— JMM (@JMM_24) November 3, 2021
Listed as a 17.00 wager on the World Series odds entering the 2021 season, the Blue Jays benefited from the steady progress made by their young stars, as well as impressive performances from a pair of new veteran additions. Vladimir Guerrero emerged as a threat to become the first major leaguer to claim baseball’s Triple Crown, making him a fixture at or near the top of the AL MVP odds, while Bo Bichette enjoyed a breakthrough season while hitting 29 home runs and tallying 102 RBI.
Jays at Free Agent Crossroads
The biggest surprises this season came from second baseman Mark Semien and starting pitcher Robbie Ray. Semien enjoyed a career year while hitting 45 homers and 102 RBI, and also earned Gold Glove honours, while Ray staked his claim to the AL Cy Young Award amassing a 13-7 record with 248 strikeouts in his first full season with the club. However, with both Semien and Ray now eligible to test free agency, their future in Toronto is far from clear. That is reflected on the opening odds to win the 2022 World Series, where the Jays lag as a lengthy 15.00 bet.
— theScore (@theScore) October 4, 2021
The Blue Jays must also contend with a formidable list of rivals leading them on the AL championship odds. After bowing out to the Atlanta Braves in six games in this year’s World Series, the Houston Astros have opened as 4.50 chalk to claim their fourth AL pennant in six years, just ahead of the New York Yankees at 6.00. However, it is likely the Chicago White Sox who represent the greatest threat to Toronto and the rest of the AL as a 6.75 bet. The White Sox won 93 games on their way to the top of the AL Central standings, and in addition to sporting the Junior Circuit’s stingiest defence in 2021, they should benefit once again from playing in the AL’s weakest division in 2022.
The Pick: Chicago White Sox (6.75) at William Hill
|2022 National League Odds|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3.75|
|San Francisco Giants||9.00|
|San Diego Padres||9.00|
|New York Mets||11.00|
|St. Louis Cardinals||14.00|
Braves Overlooked on Opening MLB Futures
Over in the National League, the Atlanta Braves continue to fight for respect despite just completing an impressive march to their first World Series title in a quarter-century. The newly crowned champions sport attractive 5.25 odds to repeat as NL champions, but that leaves them trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the way as 3.75 chalk.
Braves players that have officially become free agents today https://t.co/6Sti0dQVMk
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) November 3, 2021
Both the Braves and Dodgers face a busy offseason as key personnel for each club get set to hit the open market as free agents. Among the Atlanta players due for a big raise are slugger Freddie Freeman and postseason heroes Jorge Soler and Eddie Rosario. The situation is, even more, die in Los Angeles, with the list of Dodgers hitting free agency including pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and Kenley Jansen, and infielder Corey Seager. Indeed, it would be wise for sports bettors to resist the urge to jump on the Dodgers’ futures odds until their offseason game plan becomes clearer.
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Padres on the Rise
That opens the door for a trio of contenders to make their bid for the NL crown, including the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres, who all sport 9.00 odds. While the Giants and Brewers are both set to part ways with a number of veterans, the Padres remain a team on the rise.
— Call to the Pen (@CalltothePen) November 5, 2021
With an offence led by emerging star Fernando Tatis Jr. and veteran Manny Machado, and featuring a starting rotation featuring Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, the Padres look set to take the next step after winning 79 games this season. And in addition to being a worthy World Series dark horse, the Padres cannot be ignored as a high-value bet to win their first league championship since 1998
The Pick: San Diego Padres (9.00) at William Hill