The balance of power in the National League East should be about to shift, as outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr has been activated by the Atlanta Braves. He has hit well and looked comfortable in the field, so there should not be much rust to shake off with the big club. Another team making news in the NL East is the New York Mets, who have had almost twice as many hitters hit by pitches as the average team so far this season. Some of this has to do with batters getting up on the plate, but it is also important to remember that April numbers generally devolve toward the mean as the season goes forward. You will find the latest MLB betting odds for each team to win the World Series below, and we also have some observations about some top teams after two weeks of the regular season.
MLB News: Updated Odds to Win the World Series
Toronto Blue Jays+800
Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox+1000
Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres+1600
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants+2000
Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, L.A. Angels+2500
Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins+5000
Miami Marlins, Cleveland Guardians+8000
Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals+10000
Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies+15000
Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles+25000
The Dodgers are getting solid starting pitching from Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, as they expected, but it is the breakout work from Andrew Heaney and Tony Gonsolin at the back of the rotation that has been a very pleasant surprise. At this rate, the Dodgers would win 108 games, and they have the talent to keep this pace up.
San Francisco is pushing the Dodgers once again, and even though Kevin Gausman, Buster Posey and other contributors from 2021, they have MLB’s second-best winning percentage and are tied for first for highest run differential. Joc Pederson and Carlos Rodon have been the two best contributors who were not with the team last year.
Toronto is rolling along like a lot of baseball experts thought, even though Bo Bichette’s bat has yet to wake up (although he did hit a grand slam on Monday to key a 6-2 win over Boston). Zack Collins, a catcher who came from the White Sox on a trade in the off-season, has been a key contributor so far.
The Mets got a favorable start to the season on the schedule, with six games against Arizona and four games against Washington, but they have also picked up series wins against Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Francisco, making them the first Met team ever to start a season with six series wins. Next up in a homestand against Philadelphia and Atlanta, a real chance to build some space in the division.
Tampa Bay is getting a solid start from shortstop Wander Franco, who is continuing 2022 just as well as he finished 2021. He has hit .319 through his first 17 games and is in MLB’s top five for WAR (Wins Above Replacement), a stat that compares his relative value to the average player at his position.
Seattle is riding Logan Gilbert’s arm right now; in his first four starts, he has posted a 3-0 record with one earned run permitted in 22 combined innings, and he has only permitted two extra-base hits. One reason for his improved play from a year ago: his fastball is still 95, but all of his offspeed pitches are coming much faster.
San Diego has Manny Machado, Jurickson Profar and Eric Hosmer combining for an OPS of 1.007. However, they still need Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth to find their bats until they get Fernando Tatis Jr back. If that can happen, then the Padres should be able to remain close enough in the NL West to snag a wild card.
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