The Major League Baseball season begins this week, with all 30 teams in action to commence the 2022 schedule. Whether you live in a temperate climate or still have snowflakes fluttering to the ground, the symbolic start of spring is upon us.
Of note to baseball bettors: the World Series odds are out, with the Dodgers the favorite of oddsmakers to win the Fall Classic. You can peruse the MLB wins totals odds as well, if you have a great feeling about a specific team in 2022. There are also numerous season-long player prop bets to consider.
In many markets across the U.S. fans will have a chance to wager on baseball online for the first time. In Ontario, fans can bet on the Blue Jays or any other team as that sports betting market has debuted.
MLB Player Prop Bets for 2022 Season
Alek Manoah To Win AL Cy Young Award, +3000
The second-year right-handed pitcher is now the ace of the Blue Jays, a team that should have a very successful season. Manoah has great command of his pitches and an excellent K/BB ratio. He’s one of only nine pitchers since 1969 to have an ERA+ of at least 130 and a rate of at least one K per inning as a rookie. The +3000 odds are via BetRivers.
Max Muncy To Lead MLB In RBI, +5000 (Caesars)
Folks are fawning over Freddie Freeman in Dodger Town. Fair enough, Freeman is likely a future Hall of Famer, and he’s coming off a season where he helped the Braves win the World Series. But Muncy is an excellent hitter, and with Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner in front of him in the L.A. lineup, Max will have oodles of RBI opportunities. He’s going to have a big year of production.
Shohei Ohtani To Lead MLB In Runs Scored, +10000
You have to go way, way down the player props lists to find Ohtani’s name for runs scored leadership. But that could be a mistake, or rather an opportunity for a savvy bettor. Ohtani will get a lot of walks this year: teams will not want to mess with him with runners on base. Since the league changed the rules so he can DH even after he’s removed as a pitcher, the 2021 AL MVP will get plenty of plate appearances. He’s a superb baserunner, and should get on base over 100 by free pass in ’22. This is a great bet at +10000 from BetRivers.
Akil Baddoo To Lead MLB In Stolen Bases, +2200
The Tigers won’t have a lot to celebrate in 2022 after Miguel Cabrera gets his 3,000th hit sometime in April. There are a lot of young players in the lineup, including second-year man Baddoo, who burst into the headlines last season by hitting unexpected home runs in the first few games of his career. Baddoo’s real game is his speed, and last year he swiped 18 bags. You can get the +2200 from DraftKings.
Francisco Lindor To Win NL Most Valuable Player Award, +3000
The hype on the Mets is just that…hype. Their two aces have recent history of shoulder troubles, and it’s no surprise that both Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer are shelved currently with injuries. More than a year after he was dealt to the Mets, shortstop Lindor has a lot to prove if he wants to lift himself back up into the elite level of shortstops. I think Lindor will have a great year for the Mets, whether deGrom and Scherzer are on the hill a lot and whether the Mets win a lot or not. DraftKings doesn’t necessarily think so: the sportsbook is offering +3000 on the Mets shortstop to win the NL MVP.
Alex Bregman To Lead MLB In Runs Scored, +7500
As you can see, I am finding some long odds plays here. I like Bregman to step up with a huge season after the exit of Carlos Correa. The third baseman is healthy for the first time in a few years, and he’ll be asked to do more with Correa out of the Astros lineup. I expect him to be a threat for 40 doubles, 30 HR, and 20 steals, as Houston pushed things offensively. These odds are available from Caesars Sportsbook.
Seiya Suzuki To Win NL Rookie Of The Year Award, +350 (Caesars)
Suzuki is a 27-year old Japanese outfielder making his debut in the U.S. for the Cubs. He’ll hit in the middle of a sparse lineup and get a lot of the RBI opps. He can hit for average, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him contend for a batting title in the NL. He’s also an excellent outfielder. He should eclipse the much-ballyhooed O’Neil Cruz and Riley Greene to win this award.
Giancarlo Stanton To Lead MLB In Home Runs, +2800
Direct your app or laptop to FanDuel Sportsbook to get these odds on Stanton to be MLB’s HR Champ in 2022. I know, I know…he’s The Man Of Glass, he’s The Great Fragile One, his middle initials are “IR,” as in Injured Reserve. But if Stanton can get into 145 games (or more as simply a FT DH), the right-handed slugger can swat his share of dingers. Worth a flyer on this bet, with $100 bringing back $2,800.
Luis Robert To Win AL MVP Award, +2200 At BetMGM Sportsbook
The Cuban Connection in the White Sox lineup should do a lot of damage in ’22 (that’s Robert, Jose Abreu, and Yoan Moncada). With Tim Anderson hitting in front of them with his 190+ hits, the trio will have lots of ducks on the pond. I’m betting that Robert, whom RotoChamp has projected to hit 30 HR, is going to be in the MVP mix.