The 2022 Major League Baseball season is a few weeks into its life cycle. While most teams are still kicking the rust from an extended offseason, a few early storylines have already begun to form.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look like their usual, dominant self. The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies have emerged as earlier contenders in their respective divisions.
Looking ahead, here are the best odds for MLB teams to win the World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+470)
The Dodgers are perennial contenders and are already making a case as to why they are the best team in baseball with a 9-3 record, the best in the league.
New signing Freddie Freeman is lighting it up in Dodger blue after winning the World Series with the Atlanta Braves last season, while their ever-reliant pitching staff is handling business and holding opponents to an average of just 2.67 runs per game.
It is still early, but L.A. seems to always find its way to the advanced stages of the postseason, which helps their case as the team most likely to win it all.
Toronto Blue Jays (+850)
Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays were seen as a team that was on the rise and coming for the top; now that the new season is in full swing, many are predicting that it could be their time.
The Blue Jays have a rebuffed pitching rotation to complement their unmatched roster of power bats, led by slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto has not won back-to-back games since its first two outings of the season, but once they settle down and find some consistency, they will be off to the races.
Houston Astros (+1000)
Houston, like L.A., seems to be mentioned amongst the top teams in its league every season. They lost a couple of marquee players during free agency and are only 6-6 thus far, but in a league predicated around how long teams can survive, their talent will soon start to carry them through the mundane middle and late stages of the campaign.
The Astros are similar to the Jays in the sense that they would prefer to be in a shootout than a low-scoring affair, although Frambler Valdez and Justin Verlander are not bad arms to have available at your disposal.
Chicago White Sox (+1200)
The Chicago White Sox are the third-ranked team in the American League, mostly because of Dylan Cease and their surrounding assembly of arm talent.
Former Dodger and offseason acquisition AJ Pollock was hitting .571 at the plate before suffering an injury and landing on the 10-day injured list, although the Sox have still managed to reach a 6-5 record early in the year.
The White Sox might lack some of the explosive talent needed to compete against the other powers that be in a best-of-seven series, but they have a high floor and lots of consistent professionals that should help them mix it up all year long.