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Who are the MLB World Series Betting Favorites, Underdogs & Dark Horses?

Brace yourselves, baseball fanatics! The 2024 MLB season is revving up its engines, and it’s going to be one wild ride. Click here to view the latest MLB odds. The chase for World Series glory kicks off with a bang as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres clash in a thrilling two-game series on South Korean soil from March 20–21. But that’s just an appetizer before the main course: a 162-game marathon from March 28 to September 29, where dreams will be made and hearts will be broken.

Fund your BetUS accounts, and get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks ready, folks because this season is shaping up to be an absolute slobber knocker!

Who are the MLB World Series Betting Favorites, Underdogs & Dark Horses?
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Who are the MLB World Series Betting Favorites?

 

Los Angeles Dodgers +350

The Dodgers have been living large this offseason, dropping a cool billion (yes, you read that right – a BILLION) on free agency signings. With Shohei Ohtani – the reigning MVP and two-way phenom – leading the charge alongside Japanese league legend Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the formidable Tyler Glasnow joining aces Clayton Kershaw and James Paxton, the Dodgers have assembled a squad that would make even the Avengers envious. They’re the heavyweight favorites at +350, but as we all know, anything can happen when the balls start flying.

 

Atlanta Braves +450

Last season, the Atlanta Braves were the kings of the National League, winning 104 games and having the second-largest division lead in the whole sport. But guess what? They got kicked out of the playoffs real quick, losing 4-0 to their rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. That was pretty disappointing, to say the least. But hey, that’s in the past! Now, the Braves look even stronger. They added Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers ever, during the winter. Will Sale and Reynaldo López make the Braves’ pitching team better? And what does success even mean for a team as good as this? We’ll answer these questions and more in our preview of the 2024 Braves.

 

Houston Astros +900

The Houston Astros have made a crazy comeback in the past ten years, which is one of the most extreme turnarounds we’ve ever seen. Before 2014, the Astros had never won the World Series and only had one pennant. In 52 seasons, they had been to the playoffs nine times and had only one 100-win season. It was rough, with three straight 100-loss seasons. But then, something amazing happened. In the last nine seasons, the Astros have gone to the playoffs eight times and won the ALCS seven straight years! They’ve got four pennants and two World Series titles. They’ve also won 100+ games four times. They went from being the laughingstock of baseball to one of the most successful teams in a decade. It’s been an incredible run, and now everyone expects them to keep winning.

 

New York Yankees +1000

So, the New York Yankees had a pretty bad season last year, finishing in fourth place and missing the playoffs. It wasn’t a great look, and it was their worst record in like 30 years. But hey, at least Gerrit Cole won the Cy Young Award, and Aaron Judge almost hit as many home runs as he did the year before, which was a lot. But the Yankees knew they needed to make some changes, so they went out and made some big moves in the offseason. They traded for Juan Soto, who’s like a really good hitter, and they also brought in some other guys to help out the outfield. And they signed Marcus Stroman to be in the rotation. So, the Yankees have a lot of talent, but the question is whether they can stay healthy and consistent this year. If they can, they should be a force to be reckoned with. But if they can’t, well, it could be another long season in the Bronx.

 

Texas Rangers +1200

Hey guys, guess what? The Texas Rangers did it! They won the World Series after 63 seasons of trying, and it was incredible. They had to battle through some tough opponents, including the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros. But now, the hard part begins—repeating their success. Can the Rangers become the first team to win back-to-back World Series titles since the New York Yankees in the late ’90s? Their offense is still pretty strong, but the starting rotation seems a little weak. Let’s take a closer look at what the Rangers have in store for the 2024 season.

 

Philadelphia Phillies +1400

The 2021 Phillies season could be spun positively: their first winning record in a decade! But context paints a starker picture of stagnation. An 82-80 finish, a mere one-game improvement from 2019 and two better than 2018 sandwiched between a 28-32 2020 campaign. Four years of treading water after their rebuild. Desperate for change, Philadelphia made late free agency splashes, signing sluggers and bolstering the bullpen. But will these moves rouse the sleeping giant? After five straight playoff berths, two pennants, and a 2008 World Series triumph from 2007-2011, can the Phillies finally end their decade-long postseason drought? The stage is set for redemption.

 

Baltimore Orioles +1400

The Baltimore Orioles shocked everyone last season, winning 101 games and taking the division title for the first time since 2014, a year ahead of schedule. But unfortunately, their excitement didn’t last long, as they were swept out of the playoffs by the Texas Rangers, who went on to win the World Series. The Orioles’ offseason wasn’t too eventful, but there were two major developments: first, they traded for ace Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers and second, billionaire and Baltimore native David Rubenstein is buying the team.

 

Toronto Blue Jays +2000

So the Toronto Blue Jays had a pretty decent year in 2023. They won a bunch of games, like 89 to be exact, and even made it to the playoffs again. Props to coach John Schneider for that, two years in a row! But here’s where things went sideways. In the playoffs, the Twins swept ’em clean in just two games. That’s three times in a row now that the Jays have been knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. Ouch! It’s like they’ve hit a roadblock in the postseason. The Jays have lost seven straight playoff games, and out of the last 11, they’ve only won one. Talk about a losing streak! Now, the main goal for 2024 is to get back to the playoffs, but let’s be real, we want to go further than just the first round this time. It’s time for a deep playoff run! So, everyone get ready for the upcoming season, it’s gonna be an exciting ride!

 

Seattle Mariners +2000

The Seattle Mariners have been on a roll, with three winning seasons in a row, which is something they haven’t done since the early 2000s. But, out of those three seasons, only one of them, 2022, got them into the playoffs. The team is hoping to change that in 2024. Now, while the owners might not be all that invested, they do have a superstar player and a bunch of young pitchers that other teams would love to have.

 

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Who are the MLB World Series Underdogs?

The 2003 Florida Marlins, who were listed at +7500 to win be MLB champions at the start of the season, defied all odds and expectations on their incredible path to a World Series championship. Pegged as heavy underdogs before the season even began, the young and unheralded Marlins roster came together behind the leadership of veterans like Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Conine. They played inspired baseball all year, riding the stellar pitching of Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, and a lights-out bullpen anchored by Ugueth Urbina. An improbable playoff push saw them dispatch the Giants, Cubs, and Yankees in dramatic fashion, with Beckett emerging as a postseason hero with a complete game shutout to clinch the franchise’s second unlikely title in 7 years. The 2003 Marlins embodied the true underdog spirit, rallying together against long World Series odds to author one of baseball’s most remarkable Cinderella stories. Is there a team in 2024 that can repeat that amazing feat?

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers +8000
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
  • Los Angeles Angels +12500
  • Kansas City Royals +15000
  • Chicago White Sox +25000
  • Washington Nationals +25000
  • Colorado Rockies +50000
  • Oakland Athletics +50000

 

Who are the MLB World Series Dark Horses?

Will another dark horse be crowned World Series champion in 2024 after the Texas Rangers clinched their first World Series title in franchise history after being +5000 longshots on opening day in 2023? And while we know the favorites don’t always win the World Series, dark horses like this are a tough bet before opening day. The Rangers are actually the longest favorites to win the title since the 2003 Florida Marlins won with +7500 preseason odds.

The 2023 World Series runners-up Arizona Diamondbacks had even longer odds than Texas at +6600, which were tied for 7th-worst. To put into context how improbable this matchup and champion was, 2021’s champion, the Houston Astros had the third-best odds at +1000. Before them, the Braves had the fifth-best odds at +1000, and the Dodgers had the second-best odds in 2020 at +410.

 

  • Minnesota Twins +3000
  • Chicago Cubs +3500
  • Tampa Bay Rays +3500
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +3500
  • New York Mets +3500
  • St. Louis Cardinals +3500
  • San Diego Padres +4000
  • Boston Red Sox +5000
  • Cincinnati Reds +5000
  • San Francisco Giants +5000
  • Detroit Tigers +6500
  • Cleveland Guardians +6500
  • Miami Marlins +6500

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What are the complete preseason spring training 2024 odds to win the MLB World Series?

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +350
  • Atlanta Braves +450
  • Houston Astros +900
  • New York Yankees +1000
  • Texas Rangers +1200
  • Philadelphia Phillies +1400
  • Baltimore Orioles +1400
  • Toronto Blue Jays +2000
  • Seattle Mariners +2000
  • Minnesota Twins +3000
  • Chicago Cubs +3500
  • Tampa Bay Rays +3500
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +3500
  • New York Mets +3500
  • St. Louis Cardinals +3500
  • San Diego Padres +4000
  • Boston Red Sox +5000
  • Cincinnati Reds +5000
  • San Francisco Giants +5000
  • Detroit Tigers +6500
  • Cleveland Guardians +6500
  • Miami Marlins +6500
  • Milwaukee Brewers +8000
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
  • Los Angeles Angels +12500
  • Kansas City Royals +15000
  • Chicago White Sox +25000
  • Washington Nationals +25000
  • Colorado Rockies +50000
  • Oakland Athletics +50000

 

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