2022 Baseball Review and Award Predictions
2022 Baseball Review and Second half Predictions
We’re not quite at mid-season but with over two months of baseball played, it’s time to take a look at some of the odds for postseason awards and what are some of your best bets for future odds.
(odds from Draft Kings)
Best Regular season record:
As of June 13, it’s the New York Yankees at 44-16. The Yankees are +100 to finish with the best regular-season record in baseball.
Best bet: New York Mets +650
They are the best value considering they are 40-22 (64.5%) without Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, who should both return sometime in July. The addition of Buck Showalter as the manager hasn’t hurt. Their offense has been carrying the team led by Pete Alonso’s 18 homers.
World Series Pick
(odds from Caesars)
Pick: NY Yankees +500. Those are pretty good odds for a team that has the best record in baseball. The Yankees have one of the best offenses in baseball (2nd in runs scored, 1st in HRs) and they are first in ERA. The emergence of Nestor Cortes Jr. (5-2, 1.96 ERA) and Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 2.70) has been a key cog in the team’s success along with a healthy Luis Severino (4-1, 2.80) rolling through lineups. It shows that you don’t have to spend hundreds of millions on your pitching staff to achieve success.
National League Pennant Odds
Pick: New York Mets +325
The Dodgers are the heavy favorite at +200, but the Mets have the skipper in Showalter and aces in Scherzer and deGrom to get it done in a seven-game series.
(Player Odds from Bet MGM)
American League Cy Young Winner
Pick: Alex Manoah (+800), Blue Jays The Toronto youngster leads the American League with a 1.81 ERA. He’s 7-1 with 61 strikeouts in 69.2 innings and has just 13 walks. At 6-6, 260, the 24-year old is an imposing figure on the mound and should get a lot of run support.
National League Cy Young Winner
Pick: Joe Musgrove (7-0, 1.50 ERA), San Diego. The Padres veteran pitcher has 72 strikeouts in 72 innings and just 16 walks. He’s allowed just 51 hits and four home runs in 11 starts. Not bad for a journeyman pitcher who turned things around last season in San Diego at 29 (11-9, 3.18 ERA).
American League MVP Winner
Pick: Jose Ramirez (+900), Cleveland Guardians. I know Aaron Judge is the heavy favorite (+110) and he should be and Shohei Ohtani is always going to be in the mix at +250, but if you are looking for a strong pick with a good value, Jose Ramirez is having a monster start. He has 16 homers, 59 RBI and is hitting .292 with nine steals. He’s on pace for a 40+ home run, 20+ steals and 130 RBIs. It’s even more impressive when you consider he’s 5-9 compared to the 6-7 Judge and the 6-5 Ohtani.
National League MVP Winner
Pick: Mookie Betts (+290). Sure, he’s the favorite, but he also does it all. He saves runs with his defense and he drives them in. Betts is hitting .278 with 16 homers, 52 runs scored and 39 RBIs and six steals. Like Ramirez, another 5-9 powerhouse playing with giants.