Review of updated 2022 World Series odds for every MLB team | Launderer’s report

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Corey Seager of TexasTed S. Warren/Associated Press

Arizona Diamondbacks (preseason 250-1; current 600-1)
14-13, 4 GB in NL West

If they are forced to bet on one of the last eight teams for some artificial reason, the Diamondbacks are clearly the choice, right? They had a winning record on Saturday morning, and the starting rotation anchored by Madison Bumgarner, Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen was impressive. If the Bats ever wake up (the league’s worst .191 batting average), they might just mean something.

More likely, however, this better-than-expected start will be crushed under the weight of a very good NL West. The D-Backs stole two of the Dodgers’ three in late April, but the next eight games against Los Angeles before Memorial Day should make or break them.

Texas Rangers (preseason 100-1; current 300-1)
10-14.6 GB in AL West

Rangers were one of the more aggressive bidders during free agency. But so far bringing in Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray, Brad Miller, Kole Calhoun, Garrett Richards hasn’t done them much good. In fact, when it comes to Baseball Reference, Texas is paying that sextet $88.7 million this season for negative 0.3 wins over substitution.

Yeah.

At least the Rangers have shown some combat since their 2-9 debut. Don’t fully write this team of post-season talk just yet.

Kansas City Royals (preseason 120-1; current 250-1)
8-15.6 GB in AL Central

Bobby Witt Jr.’s arrival in Major League Baseball was not as triumphant as expected. The 21-year-old third baseman finally hit his first home run on May 3, but his slow start coupled with the disastrous opening month of the collection of Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez, Carlos Santana and Adalberto Mondesi left the Royals cling to straws.

At this point, Kansas City making the playoffs would be more of a surprise than Kansas City finishing with the worst record in the American League.

Detroit Tigers (preseason 65-1; current 200-1)
8-17.7 GB in AL Central

Speaking of someone who may or may not have (but certainly did) take a flyer on the Tigers going 65-1 in the preseason, this team has been pretty underwhelming. Prized rookie Spencer Torkelson has struggled, Jonathan Schoop and Akil Baddoo have both fallen off a cliff after strong 2021 campaigns and there’s certainly buyer’s remorse over the $77m five-a-side deal years they gave Eduardo Rodriguez last offseason.

The only saving grace here is that someone must win AL Central, and this team rallied from a slow start last year.

Colorado Rockies (preseason 250-1; current 200-1)
15-11, 2.5 GB in NL West

For one thing, the Rockies don’t seem out of place here. Getting 200-1 on a team that would be in the playoffs if it started today? None of the other 11 members of this club are listed at less than 35-1.

But, just like with the Diamondbacks, despite two of three home wins over the Dodgers in April, the loaded NL West is still expected to eventually whittle the Rockies down to size and out of the playoffs. They have good offensive firepower though and Kris Bryant hasn’t meant anything to them yet.

Chicago Cubs (preseason 100-1; current 180-1)
9-15, 8.5 GB in central Newfoundland and Labrador

The negative three-point differential would have you thinking the Cubs are better than their record, but don’t forget there was a 21-0 win over the Pirates to skew the numbers. Remove that play from the dataset and you’re left with a more accurate representation of a team that isn’t hitting particularly well and doesn’t seem to trust any of its starting pitchers.

Seiya Suzuki has been excellent for the first two weeks of the season, so at least there’s that.

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