The Houston Astros have now been featured in four of the last six World Series and won two of them, securing the franchise’s second title in five total appearances after knocking off the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. At the start of the postseason, the Astros had the second-best odds to win it all (+425) after starting the season at +1000, which also ranked among the best World Series winner odds.
By the time the World Series kicked off, Houston’s odds to win it all were down to +120, but the Phillies won both Game 1 and 3, giving Houston bettors a chance to find some value that had previously seemed lost. One of the more notable numbers: Going into Game 4, the Astros were +425 to win the series in six games — which they wound up doing.
And for all the veteran talent featured on this Houston roster, it was a rookie who stood out most in the end. After being named ALCS MVP, Jeremy Pena opened up at +1700 to be named 2022 World Series MVP. By the time Game 6 rolled around, he was +105 to get the nod. Pena became the third rookie to be named World Series MVP, but he’s actually the first rookie position player to receive the honor.
While the World Series’ conclusion means game-to-game MLB betting is on pause until 2023, title odds are already out. The Astros are +600 to repeat as champs, only trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers (+550). Of the New York teams, the Yankees (+1000) have a slight edge over the Mets (+1200). The Phillies are +1500 to redeem themselves, and the longest title odds belong to the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics, who each sit at +15000 to win the 2023 World Series.
The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies to earn the franchise’s second World Series title after entering the series as a -185 favorite.