2023 MLB Future Odds: Don’t Bet On Sunshiny Rays to Reach the World Series

2023 MLB Future Odds: Don’t Bet On Sunshiny Rays to Reach the World Series
✍️ Written by
Ty Bronicel
🗓 Updated
Aug 23rd 2023

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.

The odds are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook but don’t overlook all of the other great gambling options available in your state including DraftKings SportsbookBetMGM, and more.

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.

The Rays are certainly on fire and do have swagger, as witnessed by this emerging star here and this Brandon Lowe kid, too.

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.

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