MLB Betting Odds, Season Preview, And Best Bets For The 2022 Season

Opening Day for the 2022 MLB season is Thursday, April 7, and for the first time, Louisiana sports bettors can get in on the action. Mobile sports betting is now available in Louisiana, and baseball fans in the state are gearing up for what should be a riveting 2022 season.

How To Bet On MLB Games In Louisiana

In Louisiana, baseball fans have the option to place their bets either in person or from their mobile device. Mobile sportsbooks available in the state include DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers, and FanDuel. All of these platforms offer odds on every MLB game throughout the season, including the playoffs and World Series.

To place an MLB bet on your mobile device, you must first download the app. Once you have selected a sportsbook app to download, you’ll be prompted to create an account where you’ll give some personal information such as name, address, email, and social security number.

Once this information is verified (typically right away), you can deposit money into your account in a variety of ways. The most popular and common are online banking, debit/credit cards, or PayPal.

After you have money in your account, you can open the app and look for MLB at the top of the screen. If MLB isn’t showing directly on the homepage of the app, you can always search by sport by clicking “All Sports” at the bottom of the app.

Find the game you want to wager on, choose the amount you want to bet, click submit, and you’re set!

Fifty-five of Louisiana’s 64 parishes approved sports betting. The nine that voted to not legalize sports betting are Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carrol, and Winn. Bettors in these parishes have to drive to other parishes to place their MLB bets.

In addition to mobile betting, sports wagers can be placed at a number of brick-and-mortar casinos in Louisiana.

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Types Of MLB Bets

There is a multitude of ways to bet on MLB games, but some of the most popular wagers include bets on the moneyline, spread (run line), and total. Moneyline refers to who you think will win the game. If you bet on the Astros to win and they do, then your bet wins. Simple as that.

MLB spread bets, or “run lines,” are similar to point spreads in basketball or football. The favored team is listed with a minus sign (-1.5) while the underdog is listed with a plus sign (+1.5). If you bet on the favorite (-1.5), you would need them to win by two or more runs in order to receive a payout. A 3-2 win would not cut it. On the other side, if you bet on the underdog (+1.5), you would need them to either win the game outright or lose by just a single run in order to win your bet. 

MLB totals refer to the total amount of runs scored in the game. Bettors can choose if they think the total amount of combined runs will go over or under the listed total.

Most sportsbooks also offer a long list of prop bets, so Louisiana bettors have seemingly endless options when it comes to betting on baseball. Popular prop bets include the number of strikeouts for a pitcher, and RBIs, hits, and total bases for hitters.

Futures bets can be placed at any time during the MLB season. Popular futures bets include World Series winner, American League winner, National League winner, division winner, and regular season win totals (over/under). The chart below shows the futures odds for the AL West going into Opening Day. Keep in mind that these odds will fluctuate as the season goes on.

 AL West Division WinnerAL Pennant WinnerWorld Series WinnerRegular Season Win Total
Houston Astros-180+475+100091.5
Los Angeles Angels+400+1600+350083.5
Seattle Mariners+450+1800+400083.5
Texas Rangers+1800+5000+1000074.5
Oakland Athletics+5000+10000+2500068.5

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World Series Betting Odds

While the World Series is still more than five months away, it is never too early to take a look at the futures market. With perhaps the most daunting roster in baseball, it is no surprise that the Dodgers are the preseason favorite to win it all (+500). After that things get a little more interesting.

After bolstering their infield and starting rotation, the Blue Jays are expected to have a big season. They have the second-best odds to win the World Series (+850). Their division rival, the New York Yankees, are just behind them at +950. Last year’s champs, the Atlanta Braves, are also listed at +950.

Some teams with longer odds that could present solid value include the Chicago White Sox (+1100), New York Mets (+1200), Philadelphia Phillies (+2200), and Seattle Mariners (+4000).

Best Bets For The 2022 MLB Season

Detroit Tigers over 77.5 wins (-110)

The Tigers won 77 games last year. Over the offseason, they added Javy Baez, Austin Meadows, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Chafin, and Tucker Barnhart. That is a lot of valuable veteran experience added to the mix of a strong young core of players including pitchers Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal. It was announced last week that former No. 1 overall draft pick and top prospect Spencer Torkelson had made the Opening Day roster. Fellow prospect Riley Greene is expected to join the big league club at some point this season after he recovers from an injury suffered during Spring Training. All in all, it would be relatively disappointing if the Tigers did not win more games than they did last season. Roll with the over.

Baltimore Orioles under 62.5 wins (-110)

After going 52-110 last season, the Orioles have lost 368 games over the last four seasons. That is the most in the league over that span. While there could be a bright future ahead, the bottom line is that the O’s are deep into a rebuild that is still taking time. The Orioles had the worst pitching staff in baseball last season allowing 5.90 runs per game, and they did not do much to bolster their rotation during the offseason.

In short, the 2022 season could be another uphill battle. Their win total is 62.5 on DraftKings, and we recommend taking the under. It’s tough to see the O’s improving by 11+ games from last season, even with the upside of young prospects. It also doesn’t help that the AL East is expected to be a gauntlet. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays could all eclipse 90 wins, making life even tougher for the Orioles.

All odds used were available at the time of publishing on Wednesday, April 6

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a Content Manager and sportswriter covering all things sports betting. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.