New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (left) speaks with first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) after the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (left) speaks with first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) after the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

2023 MLB Futures Odds: Yankees and Astros Are Early World Series Favorites

As of late March, the 2023 Major League Baseball season is underway. The arduous road to completing 162 regular season games is here. We are already seeing favorites emerge as World Series contenders.

Of course, there’s plenty of baseball to be played, pitch clocks to be ticked, and the trade deadline to happen, but now is as good of a time as any to bet on MLB futures as the value for the teams you want to bet on may never be better.

Leading the way right now are the New York Yankees and Houston Astros. However, some teams, like the Atlanta Braves , Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets, are just behind them. 

Below, we’ll look at the top two teams, odds-wise, to win the World Series in 2023. 

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Top-10 2023 World Series Odds

  • Yankees: +700

  • Astros: +700

  • Braves: +800

  • Padres: +800

  • Dodgers: +800

  • Mets: +800

  • Blue Jays: +1200

  • Mariners: +1500

  • Rays: +1500

  • Phillies: +2000

MLB World Series Futures Best Bets

New York Yankees

Tied for the best odds to win the World Series are the Yankees and Astros, and rightfully so.

The Yankees are 4-2 to start the year. They have five players batting .300 or better, and that doesn’t include Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, or the electrifying 22-year-old Anthony Volpe. 

Second baseman Gleyber Torres is almost unstoppable to start the year with a .421/.560/.789 line and leads the team in RBIs.

Of course, their rotation is doing well, especially toward the top with Gerrit Cole and lefty Nestor Cortes. Jhony Brito looked great in his first appearance against the San Francisco Giants and was recently recalled ahead of their series against the Orioles. He may be the answer to their fifth starter spot. 

We can’t forget Carlos Rodon either, who’s currently on the injured list.

We must also address the elephant in the room, assuming the Yankees remain competitive all year leading up to the trade deadline.

If any team is willing to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars for a player, it’s the Yankees, and you know who we’re talking about—Shohei Ohtani. 

If the Angels are what we expect them to be again this year, they will likely need to move him before he walks for nothing. 

The Yankees are arguably the kings of the American League, especially with the Astros (who we’ll discuss next) having lost a key contributor in the rotation. 

Houston Astros

Who would’ve thought that the team that won the World Series last year and added a phenomenal hitter to the lineup would be favored again?

The team is 3-4 to start the year, including players like Jose Altuve, Blake Taylor, Michael Brantley, and Lance McCullers.

According to general manager Dana Brown, Altuve is dealing with a thumb injury that might sideline him until around June. 

The team added Jose Abreu on a three-year, $58.5 million deal this offseason. Even at 36, Abreu is batting .345/.406/.379. Other then Abreu, Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez are hitting at least .333.

The team lost Justin Verlander this offseason, but they still have a great rotation of players all under 30, with Framber Valdez leading the way. As the season unfolds, we’ll also see some great pitching from Cristian Javier, Luis Garcia, and McCullers when he returns. 

Even without Verlander, the Astros, at full strength, is a great bet to repeat in 2023. 

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