World Series odds: Will the Astros repeat as champions or will the field step up?

FILE - Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr., and the Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Series win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6, in Houston, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy in triumph at Minute Maid Park less than six months ago. It’s now time for the dynasty to defend its crown as Opening Day is finally upon us.

The offseason was filled with a ton of exciting moves as contenders around the league bulked up their rosters for a deep playoff push. Every team will be trying to knock the Astros off their perch after they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies last November to sit atop the league.

FanDuel Sportsbook sees Houston repeating this season. The Astros have the best odds of any team in the league (+600) to win the World Series in 2023, despite the fact that no team has won back-to-back pennants since the New York Yankees in 1999-2000. While the reigning champions lost Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, they strengthened their lineup with the addition of former AL MVP Jose Abreu.

The National League once again looks like the more competitive of the two leagues on paper. The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have the joint-second-best odds to win the World Series at +750. Both of them have proven they can go toe-to-toe with the American League juggernaut in the World Series before with the former beating Houston in 2021.

The Yankees (+850) have the second-best odds of any American League team to win the Fall Classic as of Opening Day. New York has one of the deepest pitching rotations in the entire league after adding 2x All-Star and perennial Cy Young candidate Carlos Rodon this offseason.

More National League representatives come in close behind the Yankees with the New York Mets and San Diego Padres both having better than 10-to-1 odds to win the World Series. This duo especially made noise in recent months by adding Verlander and Xander Bogaerts to their respective rosters.

Last year’s National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, have +1500 odds to seal the deal after finishing just short of a pennant last season. Superstar Bryce Harper will miss a good chunk of the year while recovering from surgery and Rhys Hoskins is out for the season with a torn ACL. However, the addition of Trea Turner should be huge for the Phillies.

Other expected competitors, such as the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays all have odds of 20-to-1. This trio is seen as the cut-off point in terms of teams that can realistically be expected to be the last ones standing when the dust settles.

Here is the full list of odds to win the 2023 World Series at FanDuel Sportsbook:

2023 World Series Winner

Houston Astros +600

Atlanta Braves +750

Los Angeles Dodgers +750

New York Yankees +850

New York Mets +900

San Diego Padres +1000

Toronto Blue Jays +1200

Philadelphia Phillies +1500

Seattle Mariners +2000

St. Louis Cardinals +2000

Tampa Bay Rays +2000

Cleveland Guardians +2500

Minnesota Twins +3000

Chicago White Sox +3500

Milwaukee Brewers +3500

Los Angeles Angels +4000

San Francisco Giants +5000

Texas Rangers +5000

Boston Red Sox +6000

Chicago Cubs +8000

Baltimore Orioles +10000

Arizona Diamondbacks +12000

Miami Marlins +12000

Detroit Tigers +20000

Kansas City Royals +20000

Pittsburgh Pirates +20000

Cincinnati Reds +25000

Colorado Rockies +50000

Washington Nationals +50000

Oakland Athletics +100000


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