As we pass the midway point of the season and approach the All-Star game, it is a great time to reexamine where teams stand, including their current odds to win the World Series.
Here are the three favorites in each league to win the World Series and a prediction of who may actually get it done so you can plan your bets against their World Series odds.
Updated Odds To Win The World Series, Predictions For A.L. & N.L.
National League – Best Odds To Win The World Series
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)
It is no surprise that the defending World Series champions make the list. The Dodgers have one of the best records in the majors and are right in the thick of the N.L. West division chase.
The Dodgers have been solid on both offense and defense. They currently rank fourth in the majors in runs per game (5.10) and first in team earned run average (3.16).
There is obviously cause for concern as their key offseason acquisition, Trevor Bauer, was put on administrative leave due to a domestic violence investigation, but they still have Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias to anchor their rotation.
The Dodgers remain one of the most complete teams in baseball, and it is no surprise that they have the best odds of repeating.
- New York Mets (+900)
The New York Mets currently sit atop the N.L. East by a few games and have largely done it with their defense. They currently rank best in the majors in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of just 3.61 runs per game.
They have arguably the best pitcher on the planet leading their rotation in Jacob deGrom. On the season, he is 7-2 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.54 WHIP and has struck out 136 batters in 85 innings.
Their pitching also got some good news this week as Noah Syndergaard resumed his throwing program as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Best case scenario would have him returning in early September, but that could be a huge return as the Mets make a playoff push.
- San Diego Padres (+900)
Leading the way for San Diego is Fernando Tatis Jr. On the season, he is hitting .301/.385/.695 with 26 home runs, 57 runs batted in, 63 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases.
They also have a stellar defense as they rank second in the majors in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 3.64 runs per game.
National League Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
American League – Best Odds To Win The World Series
- Houston Astros (+650)
The Astros had a remarkable June, going 19-9 in the month. They have also started 3-0 in July. That solid stretch of baseball has put them into the A.L. West lead, and they have the second-best record in the American League behind the Boston Red Sox.
They have been fueled by an amazing offense that ranks first in runs per game (5.63). Amazingly, they also lead the majors in run differential, batting average, and on-base percentage.
With an offense that boasts Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, and Kyle Tucker, it is no wonder they can put runs up in a hurry.
The biggest question for them is their bullpen. Ryan Pressly has been outstanding, but it can sometimes be an adventure bridging the gap between their starters and their closer.
- Chicago White Sox (+800)
It is remarkable what the White Sox have done this season despite dealing with a plethora of injuries to superstars. Both Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert have been out most, if not all, of the season, and their offense keeps producing. In fact, they rank fifth in runs per game at 4.99.
They also have an impeccable rotation led by Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, Dallas Keuchel, and Dylan Cease.
Crazily, despite their success, there is more room for improvement and expect G.M. Rick Hahn to be aggressive on the trade market. They have already been linked to both Eduardo Escobar and Adam Frazier.
Currently, the White Sox have the largest lead over second-place of any division in the American League at six games. Don’t be surprised if that gap only widens.
- Boston Red Sox (+1400)
The Red Sox are one of the most interesting teams in baseball. They were dead last in the A.L. East last season and now hold the lead by several games over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston is led by both Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, both of whom were selected as starters for the American League All-Star team. Devers is hitting .286/.355/.571 with 20 home runs and 68 runs batted in, while Bogaerts is hitting .326/.388/.540 with 13 home runs and 48 runs batted in.
There are still some question marks in the rotation for Boston, but with a team that averages 5.16 runs per game (ranks third overall), their offense can make up for some of their pitching woes.
American League Prediction: Chicago White Sox