Top 10 Major League Baseball teams to win the 2022 World Series

In Major League Baseball, we’re nearing the mid-season point, and the front runners are emerging in the standings. There’s still plenty of baseball to play before the October postseason begins, but we have a sense of who the bigger threats are and who appear capable of making deep runs in the playoffs. Here we take a look at 10 teams that have a chance to win the Commissioner’s Trophy.

10. Cleveland Guardian
In the first year the team is named Guardians, Cleveland is right in the thick of the wildcard race. This year, three wildcard teams from both the American League and the National League will make the postseason.

At +5000 on bet365 Sportsbook & Racebook to win the World Series, the Guardians are led by third baseman Jose Ramirez, who is already above the 60 RBI mark.

The offense really comes from the Cleveland infield. Along with Ramirez, Amed Rosario at shortstop and Andres Gimenez in second are the leaders when it comes to setting runs for the team.

Jump into the other half of the innings and you’ve got some strong pitchings from Cleveland as well, especially with Shane Bieber, who has already broken 10 quality starts this season and is averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings.

9.Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers may not have a high batting average, but they know how to win tight games, and a lot of that has to do with the team’s pitching and bullpen.

However, this does not mean that the offense is punishable.

You have Christian Yelich, who is always a threat on the plate despite not having a year expected of him. Team Yelich with Rowdy Tellez, Willy Adames and Hunter Renfroe and you have three other guys hitting double digit home runs this season.

But let’s get back to the pitching of the team. Corbin Burnes, last year’s NL Cy Young winner, is nothing short of an ace, and the Brewers also have eight pitchers who average at least 11 strikeouts per nine innings. It’s hard to go wrong when batsmen are struggling to get the ball in play against your pitching staff.

At +1400 on Everygame Sportsbook, the Brewers could turn heads next October.

8. New York Mets
You may be wondering why is the New York Mets so low on my list on tally? Well, if you’re a Mets fan, you probably know why, since you’ve watched your team bring and then dramatically take hope over the years.

At the start of the season the Mets (currently +750 at bet365) went to the races looking like an impressive team and in some areas they still do. But still, they find ways to lose games late and don’t build winning streaks like they did in April and early May. In fact, the club has been stalked by one of its rivals, which I’ll get to in a moment.

However, let me emphasize the positive. First baseman Pete Alonso, reigning Home Rub Derby Champion, has incredible power and if you give him a pitch to bat you better be prepared for a ball coming off the bat at over 105 MPH.

Pitching with first-year Taijuan Walker and Met Max Scherzer was solid, but the team and rotation aren’t the same without arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob DeGrom. DeGrom, who is struggling with a right shoulder injury, is nearing a rehab start.

If DeGrom returns, it could bring back that spark and more Ws.

7.Toronto Blue Jays
These Toronto Blue Jays have become a smash hit over the past few years. The Jays are in the highly competitive AL East with the Red Sox and Rays. Granted, these teams are battling for second place as the Yankees are cruising with the division title.

This team has incredible power with hitters like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, George Springer and Matt Chapman to name a few. Don’t forget Alejandro Kirk behind the plate at the catcher, who leads the Blue Jays in batting average.

Even if the Jays fall behind early, there’s no counting this team for the firepower they have down the line.

If Toronto (+1200 at Everygame) can claim a wildcard spot in playoff time, watch out for them shooting some long balls over the fences.

6. Houston Astros
The Astros lost George Springer to the Blue Jays two years ago and this last offseason they lost shortstop Carlos Correa to the Minnesota Twins but still have some memorable names in the lineup.

Houston (+600 at Everygame) sits comfortably in first place in the AL West behind the likes of Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve. However, the man who leads the Astros in almost every offensive category, Yordan Alvarez, was involved in a collision last Wednesday night and had to be carried off the field.

If Alvarez has to miss some time, Yuri Gurriel and Kyle Tucker will need to slack off more and be more productive on offense to help players like Altuve and Brantley.

Pitching wise, Justin Verlander looks like his old self on the mound with an ERA north of two. Framber Valdez also presents very solid numbers.

When these guys hand it to the bullpen, you have the almost unbeatable Ryan Stanek, who only allowed two earned runs in his first 28 appearances.

5. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are battling the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in NL West, and they’re doing it without the team’s top player, Fernando Tatis Jr., who is recovering from wrist surgery. It’s crazy that Tatis hasn’t played a game this season and he’s still getting tons of fan votes for the All Star Game. There is hope that Tatis will be taking batting practice off a pitching machine in the coming weeks.

Tatis’ partner on the right side of infield, Manny Machado, has offensively closed the gap in Fernando’s absence.

The pitching staff is also struggling with the injury problem, with Blake Snell and Mike Clevinger suffering injuries leaving big holes in the starting rotation.

If the Padres (+1100 at bet365) return to their normal roster and rotation, they will be one of the most dangerous teams in all of baseball.

4.Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox fan in me wanted to put this team at the top of my list, but I try not to be too biased…usually.

However, there are many reasons Boston is on my list. After starting 10-19, the Red Sox (+2000 at bet365) turned the season around. The three-headed monster of Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez led the offense as they all have batting averages above .300.

The offseason addition of Trevor Story seemed a good fit as Story has already passed 50 RBIs and is in talks of winning a Gold Glove at second base.

Pitching has also made a 180 degree turn. Michael Wacha has been exceptional and the Red Sox have won nine of Nick Pivetta’s last ten starts on the mound.

Chris Sale plans to return from the IL sometime this season, which could give another boost if he brings just some of his talent from previous seasons.

3.Atlanta Braves
The defending World Series champions have made some serious ground against the New York Mets in the NL East and are playing great baseball. The loss of Braves legend Freddie Freeman to the Dodgers at free hands was a major blow to the team on early offense, but that has intensified over the past month. Nick Mariano picked her to repeat before the season started.

Having Ronald Acuna Jr. back in the lineup after missing the end of last season is a huge boost to the Braves roster and brings Marcell Ozuna back.

Freeman left a big hole at first base, but Atlanta (+1200 on Everygame) wasted no time in signing Matt Olsen to fill it in.

Olsen will be joined by Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley, a trio who have really helped put this team back in a competitive position of late.

The Braves also have my favorite pitcher, Max Fried. One of the best pitchers in the NL, the left-handed hurler has an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio and knows how to keep players’ shots from leaving the yard.

The Braves 1-9 lineup is one of the more complete lineups in baseball and can pose a major problem for pitching staffs in the postseason.

2. New York Yankees
It kills me to write how impressive the New York Yankees have been this year, but this article would be nothing if it didn’t put the best team in baseball at the top of the list.

The Yankees (+400 at Everygame) just started in the AL East and pulled away. Aaron Judge, whom Yankees fans hope to sign during the offseason, is baseball’s number one offensive threat. Pick a shot category and Judge probably tops New York in it.

If you somehow manage to get Judge back on the bench, you’ll have the pleasure of dealing with Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom have reached 50 RBIs.

This team is the favorite to win the World Series and rightly so. Whether it’s knocking out teams or coming from behind in the late innings to win games, the Yankees just know how to end up making more runs.

Gerrit Cole looks more like the pitcher the Yankees signed than the one who showed up last year. Nestor Cortes came as a surprise to many in baseball as he was suspended at the mound.

1.Los Angeles Dodgers
I know the Yankees are the favorites and have proven why they are, but it’s tough going against the Los Angeles Dodgers (+450 on Everygame) and the names they have on the list.

Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner. There’s just no way you can play with a different team when those names are all in the same lineup.

Sure, Bellinger and Muncy might be struggling, but these guys have been in the big games and got knocked out by the Braves last year when everyone thought they were going to win.

That’s just part of the crime. Then you have names like Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin and Walker Buehler in the starting rotation and that alone is a good pitching staff.

This team has impressive pieces in every aspect of the game and I think they have a chip on their shoulders after being favorites to win last year and ending up losing to the eventual winners in the NLCS.

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