MLB: World Series futures still favoring Dodgers, Braves

19 May 24
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MLB: World Series futures still favoring Dodgers, Braves

The 2024 MLB season is nearly two months in now and while there’s still a lot of time for things to change, some teams are showing they’re capable of being legitimate contenders come October, while others aren’t. In this piece, we’ll talk about the clubs who are going to be World Series contenders. At the moment, there’s a core group of about five teams that are making their presence felt: The Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Baltimore Orioles.

Highlights

  • The Dodgers and Braves are still World Series favorites
  • The Yankees and Orioles are two others to keep an eye on
  • We’ll discuss some contenders below

Atlanta Braves

At Bodog sportsbook, the Braves have the shortest World Series odds at +300 and there’s many reasons why. They’re still 26-15 on the season despite their big guns like Ronald Acuna Jr, Matt Olson, and Austin Riley getting going offensively. Others are picking up the slack, led by Marcell Ozuna, who is slashing .325. Atlanta ranks top seven in nearly every major offensive category and eighth in team ERA at 3.35. The Braves may be four games behind the Phillies in the NL East, but it won’t be like that for long once the stars come out to play.

Los Angeles Dodgers

There’s been some ups and downs already this season for the star-studded Dodgers, but they’re now heading in the right direction with a 31-17 record. Dave Roberts’ group is the best offensive lineup in the big leagues, which isn’t surprising when you have Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman. Betts and Ohtani and hitting between .340 and .350, while Freeman is batting .295. You couldn’t ask for more out of your big three. On the mound, Tyler Glasnow has proven to be LA’s ace. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, James Paxton, and Gavin Stone have all done a nice job in the rotation, too. The Dodgers have it all to win it in the fall.

New York Yankees

The Yankees are showing they’re legit. The Juan Soto trade has done wonders for this organization as he continues to lead the offense and after a cold start, Aaron Judge is starting to figure it out with his bat as well. This duo is a scary sight for the rest of the MLB. But more importantly, the NY rotation is exceeding expectations, owning one of the lowest ERAs all of baseball and that’s without Gerrit Cole. It’s a good time to be a Bronx Bombers fans, we’ll just have to see if they can live up to the expectations. New York has top-five World Series odds at most MLB betting sites.

Baltimore Orioles

The O’s are built for success for many years to come and definitely look the part once again in 24’, sitting second in the AL East with a 28-15 record. They’re a top six ball club both offensively and defensively. Corbin Burnes has proven to be the ace this staff needed, going 3-2 so far with a stellar 2.68 ERA. At the dish, Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Ryan Mountcastle, and Jordan Westburg all continue to rake. Baltimore knows the playoff heartbreak from last year and they will be seeking a much deeper run this time around. 

Quinn Allen is a seasoned sports journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Quinn is a full-time senior editor for ClutchPoints where he specializes in baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. Quinn has been working in the industry for five years and brings a unique outlook to sports journalism, having played high-level soccer and baseball growing up. Quinn resides in Kelowna, Canada, and enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym.