2023 MLB Future Odds: Don’t Bet On Sunshiny Rays to Reach the World Series
I say this almost daily, but what the hell is going on in Florida?
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to an 11-0 start.
They’ve outscored opponents 83-20.
Here’s the problem, though: They’ve played terrible teams to start the season.
That’s the Tigers, Nats, A’s, and BoSox.
I’ll bet they sweep Boston over the next two days (April 12-13) to tie the record for most season-starting victories in MLB’s history.
That 13-win streak mark is shared by the 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers – and each of those teams never made it to the Fall Classic.
In baseball, history often does repeat itself and that won’t change in 2023 – although the climate crises will. Sorry, Florida.
Before we move on, let’s look at the current World Series odds.
FanDuel’s MLB World Series Betting Odds
Atlanta Braves +650
Los Angeles Dodgers +650
Houston Astros +700
New York Yankees +800
Tampa Bay Rays +1000
San Diego Padres +1000
Toronto Blue Jays +1200
New York Mets +1300
Philadelphia Phillies +2000
St. Louis Cardinals +2000
Milwaukee Brewers +2000
Seattle Mariners +2500
Minnesota Twins +2500
Los Angeles Angels +2500
Cleveland Guardians +3000
Texas Rangers +4100
San Francisco Giants +5000
Boston Red Sox +7500
Chicago White Sox +7500
Baltimore Orioles +15000
Chicago Cubs +15000
Arizona Diamondbacks +15000
Miami Marlins +20000
Pittsburgh Pirates +25000
Kansas City Royals +25000
Detroit Tigers +25000
Colorado Rockies +50000
Cincinnati Reds +50000
Washington Nationals +50000
Oakland Athletics +100000
As you can see, Tampa Bay’s odds have gone from 15- to 20-1 (before the season started) to now 10-1.
I’m not buying it.
Also, lefty pitcher Shane McClanahan, who’s off to an awesome start (3-0, 1.59 ERA) looks poised to win a Cy Young Award soon.
Meanwhile, Rays starting pitcher Zach Eflin’s back tightness forced him to the injured list and he is expected to be out for almost the rest of the month. Tampa Bay rookie pitcher Taj Bradley was called up to the bigs from its Triple-A Durham Bulls to make his major-league debut tonight (Wednesday, April 12).
Bradley, 22, is among the best pitching prospects in baseball.
He’ll go up against Boston’s Chris Sale, who looks like he’s starting to break down. Much like a house that’s in need of repair.
Here’s my final sales pitch: Don’t believe that Tampa is winning the World Series.
We’ll find out more about these Rays when they play tough Toronto on the road in Canada (April 14-16).
We’ll discover more when they host the defending World Series champion Astros (April 24-26).
Later, they still have to deal with the Yankees, Twins, Guardians, and yes, even the slow-starting Mariners.
Plus, even if they make the WS, they’d have to beat the Braves, Brewers, Dodgers, or Padres.
I’m not believing in anyone else.
Nor should you.