Are the St. Louis Cardinals favored to win the NL Central in 2023? Follow along to keep up with the betting odds moving into 2023.
St. Louis Cardinals 2023 Betting Odds
A new calendar year is quickly approaching, and that means the holiday season is here. We might be without baseball for a few more months, but nobody is stopping us from betting on MLB.
Placing a future this far in advance is a little risky, but where is the fun in waiting? Around 80% of MLB fans think their favorite team will win the division, and about 50% of these fans think they will win the World Series. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers regarding the St. Louis Cardinals.
NL Central Odds
The NL Central was a two-team battle all year, and it will likely be more of the same next season. The oddsmakers think that will be the case as well. Despite the numbers, expect the division to be closer in 2023 than it was in 2022.
Las Vegas expects the St. Louis Cardinals to walk away with the division. They are sitting with the best odds at -115. Honestly, you can probably just guess which teams have the best and worst odds.
Second place goes to the Milwaukee Brewers, with +135 odds of winning the division. Those odds improved after their lop-sided acquisition of William Contreras in the three-team deal with the Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves. And now, the odds have jumped drastically.
Following the Cardinals and the Brewers are the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds. Chicago is +600 and could be a sleeper team to take the division. Both the Pirates and Reds are +6000 and look to play spoiler as they attempt to surprise the world.
Believe me, I think the Cardinals will win the division, but -115 odds scare me. Let’s avoid this bet for now and focus on the bigger prize. St. Louis is +1200 to win the NL as a whole, the worst odds of the division winners. I will be throwing a dollar or two down on that!
World Series Odds
A lot of money has been thrown away this offseason in MLB. It seems the World Series trophy will go to the highest bidder, but that is not always the case. The Houston Astros won it all in 2022, and now it is time to see which team will walk away with the crown.
It seems like there are six powerhouse teams, and then things drop off a little after that point. The New York Yankees, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves have the best odds to win the title.
There are four teams with +2500 betting odds to win a title, the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. These teams are all tied with the 10th-best odds for a ring. You are telling me the Cardinals are not better than the White Sox or Guardians?
St. Louis has been eliminated in three straight Wild Card Series’, so the odds are certainly understandable. As we wrap up 2022, there are still many moves to be made that will change the betting odds. Enjoy the holidays, and let’s continue reminiscing about baseball season.
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