World Series odds Power Rankings: June 12, 2022

World Series odds Power Rankings: June 12, 2022

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New York Mets
Power Ranking: 2nd (last week: 3rd)
World Series odds: +800

With the Mets moving up to the second spot on our Power Rankings for the first time, both New York teams hold the top two spots. The Mets didn’t have a spectacular week, by any means, but they continued to play well despite losing some of their top bats for a short time frame. Both Starling Marte and Pete Alonso were injured in the same game against the Padres, yet the Mets continued to score and win games. Both players have since returned to the lineup, and the Mets will need them with how good some of the other teams are playing in the National League East. For a division that seemed for the Mets’ taking, things have gotten a lot tighter.

With the Braves on an 11-game winning streak and the Phillies going 9-1 over their last 10 games, the Mets’ lead has since shrunk to just five games over the Braves. Thankfully for New York, the plus-66 run differential has helped them earn a 40-22 record. They may just need every win they can get if the Braves continue this torrid pace. Luckily for the Mets, an impending series against the suddenly struggling Brewers is on tap. The once-reliable rotation for the Brewers has produced a 6.39 ERA over the past week. The Brewers will have to deal with a Mets offense that even without Marte and Alonso at times still managed to score 31 runs (tied for 11th) over the past week. With the top team to win it all, the Dodgers, struggling, 8-1 odds for the Mets feels strong.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Power Ranking: 3rd (last week: 2nd)
World Series odds: +425

The Dodgers have fallen to their lowest spot of the season on our Power Rankings at third overall. While we’ve seen them flip-flop with the Yankees, the Mets have jumped them by moving up to No. 2. This once-dominant club just went 2-5 during the week, including being swept by the Giants over the weekend. Now, they sit just a half-game ahead of the Padres in the National League West while the Giants are 3 1/2 games back.

The Dodgers had the benefit of beating up on weak teams to begin the season. Despite being more than two months into the season, they’ve faced teams above .500 only 24 times, which represents 40% of their season to date. Against teams over .500, the club is just 13-11. Against the rest, they’re 24-12. The Dodgers’ schedule does soften up a bit this week, as they host both the Angels and Guardians. Don’t get it twisted, however, this Guardians team is exceeding expectations.

As news came out that Walker Buehler suffered a flexor strain and won’t be able to throw for six to eight weeks, this rotation is going to overgo some changes soon. It’s easy to argue that Buehler was the weak link among the group, but it’s one less reliable arm in a rotation that has the lowest ERA in the league at 2.73. This team needs to shape up soon if it wants to continue to be the favorite.

San Diego Padres
Power Ranking: 4th (last week: 7th)
World Series odds: +1300

It’s once again my time to share that I believe the Padres are one of the best overall values ​​on the board. Moving all the way up to fourth on our rankings, they still are 13-1 on DraftKings Sportsbook to win it all. I mean, do we truly think there are six teams better than the Padres right now? The team in front of them, Atlanta, is on an 11-game winning streak. But overall, I would say the Padres have the advantage in a five-or seven-game series. Before long, the Padres could also be in the lead in the NL West, which was priced as a runaway for the Dodgers. A division title would give the Padres an easier path in the playoffs compared with the Wild Card teams.

The Padres have a very favorable schedule coming up. The next three series they’ll play are all against teams under .500, as they face the Cubs, Rockies, and Diamondbacks. Against teams under .500, the Padres are 17-7. They’ve simply beat up on such opposition and have 10 straight games coming up against teams below .500. Looking even further down the schedule, the Padres will end the month of June against the Dodgers, which could feature a shift in the NL West standings. The Padres did go 0-3 against the Dodgers back in April, but that is when Los Angeles was playing at its peak. Either way, I cannot get over these 13-1 odds for a team that not only is in a prime playoff position but could end up stealing the division.

Milwaukee Brewers
Power Ranking: 11th (last week: 5th)
World Series odds: +1500

It hasn’t been a good week if you’re a fan of the Brew Crew. The former NL Central leaders went just 1-6 on the week, despite playing a weekend series against the last-place Nationals. To make matters worse, the entire division has played .500 or less baseball over the last 10 games. So instead of giving themselves a sizeable lead in the Central, the Brewers now find themselves looking up at the Cardinals in the standings. Granted, the half-game deficit is not daunting, but this was absolutely a time when if the Brewers were playing well, they could have created a gap in the standings. Instead, this team slashed just .231/.293/.375 while scoring 20 runs over the past week.

To make matters even worse, the rotation, which is always been the Brewers’ anchor has been struggling. As mentioned earlier, the starters posted a woeful 6.67 ERA over the past week, which ranked the fourth-highest over that span. The Brewers also got word that Brandon Woodruff, who has healed from his initial ankle injury, is now experiencing symptoms of Raynaud’s syndrome. This produces numbness and a cold feeling in his middle fingers. This will shelve him even longer during a time when the Brewers could use him back. With the NL East playing well and the West likely producing multiple teams, the Central is a division you’ll need to win out of. This is not a winning team currently.

Philadelphia Phillies
Power Ranking: 14th (last week: 20th)
World Series odds: +3000

The Phillies made a nice jump in the Power Rankings, going from 20th to 14th. They still have very long odds to win the World Series at 30-1, but their notable play is worth mentioning. This club went 6-1 over the past week while slashing .295/.357/.571 and mashing 15 home runs, which was the most of the past week, and scoring 41 runs. Their upcoming schedule looks good, as well, as they play against two teams below them in the standings — the Marlins and Nationals. The Phillies could use some lighter competition for a change, as 58% of their schedule has been against teams over .500, and they are just 15-20 in those game.

While I’m not sitting here thinking the Phillies are going to take it all down, 30-1 odds are long enough, especially if this team really starts cranking out wins against these weaker teams, that the value stands.

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