MLB Playoffs Betting Guide
After 2,429 regular season games, the baseball postseason is here. We’re short one game this year because of a suspended Miami Marlins-New York Mets match that ended up not mattering in the standings, so it wasn’t completed.
The Marlins were already locked into the No. 5 seed, and even though a loss to the Mets would have dropped them into a tie with the No. 6 seed Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami had the tiebreaker.
Now Major League Baseball moves on to the playoffs, and we move on to betting on the playoffs.
Wild Card Schedule
In the National League, the top two seeds are the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. They will not play until the Divisional Round begins on Saturday, October 7.
The Braves, as the top seed, will play the winner of the Marlins at the Philadelphia Phillies. All Wild Card series are the best-of-three, and all three games will be played at the higher seed. In this case, that’s the Phillies, who are the No. 4 seed as the top Wild Card team.
BetUS.com is paying +175 for the Phillies to win the series 2-0.
The other N.L. series is the Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, the winner of the Central Division. The winner will play the Dodgers, and the Brewers are the pick ‘em favorite and paying -550.
In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles are division champions for the first time since 2014, and they are the top seed with their first 100-win season since 1980. The Houston Astros have won the West for the sixth time in seven years, and they are the second seed.
Baltimore will open the Divisional Round on Saturday against the winner of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers. The Rangers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and they are the road underdog in this series. BetUS.com is paying +200 for a series sweep by the Rays. The Rangers get +375 if they win 2-0.
The last of the four Wild Card series is the Toronto Blue Jays, the No. 6 seed, at the No. 3 seed Minnesota Twins. The winner will get the Astros on Saturday.
The Twins are in the postseason for the fourth time in seven years, with the Blue Jays making their third appearance in four years. Neither team has been to the World Series in more than 30 years.
BetUS.com has the Twins at +125 to win Game 1 and go on to win the series.
World Series Odds
Atlanta Braves (+275)
Los Angeles Dodgers (+430)
Houston Astros (+470)
Baltimore Orioles (+650)
Tampa Bay Rays (+1125)
Philadelphia Phillies (+1250)
Texas Rangers (+1600)
Toronto Blue Jays (+1600)
Minnesota Twins (+1775)
Milwaukee Brewers (+1825)
Arizona Diamondbacks (+3400)
Miami Marlins (+3600)
The Braves were the World Series winners two years ago. They finished this season with the best record in baseball, and they have Ronald Acuña Jr., the first 40 home run, 70 stolen base player in baseball history. Only five players in history have gone 40-40 – Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, and Acuña.
The only American League team to win 100 games this season was the Orioles, but they have the second- shortest World Series odds of any of the A.L. teams, trailing the Astros.