MLB World Series 2024: Favorites, Schedule, & Dates

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Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
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Shane Jackson @Sjacksonmgm Jun 10, 2024, 1:34 PM
  • The Dodgers are betting favorites to win the World Series.
  • The Rangers are +2500 to repeat as champions.
  • The Mariners have upside in the futures market.

The 2024 MLB season will conclude with the World Series.

World Series Schedule & Dates

Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-7 series are hosted by the team with home-field advantage. The other team hosts Games 3, 4, and (if necessary) 5. If Games 6 and 7 are played, they’re both played at the site of the team with home-field advantage.

The dates and first-pitch times are released until both the ALCS and NLCS have been completed. The series typically starts in late October or early November.

How Many MLB Teams Reach the Postseason?

After the 162-game regular season — which includes MLB’s balanced schedule in its second year — 12 teams advance to the postseason.

The current MLB postseason format was introduced in 2022. Three division winners and three Wild Card teams from each league comprise the MLB playoff bracket.

MLB Postseason Seeds

In each league, teams are seeded 1-6:

No. 1 seed: Best league record
No. 2 seed: Second-best division winner
No. 3 seed: Third-best division winner
No. 4 seed: Best record among Wild Card teams
No. 5 seed: Second-best record among Wild Card teams
No. 6 seed: Third-best record among Wild Card teams

The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds receive first-round byes to the Division Series.

For the Wild Card Series, the No. 3 seed faces the No. 6 seed, and the No. 4 seed faces the No. 5 seed.

How Are World Series Teams Chosen?

The two teams that win their respective Championship Series — ALCS and NLCS — advance to the World Series.

The team with the best regular-season record has home-field advantage in the series.

World Series Favorites

Teams with the shortest World Series odds:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +300
  • New York Yankees +500
  • Philadelphia Phillies +600
  • Atlanta Braves +800
  • Baltimore Orioles +1000
  • Seattle Mariners +1600
  • Houston Astros +2000
  • Cleveland Guardians +2000
  • Texas Rangers +2500
  • Minnesota Twins +2500

AL Pennant Favorites

Teams with the shortest AL pennant odds:

  • Yankees +250
  • Orioles +400
  • Mariners +650
  • Astros +800
  • Guardians +800
  • Twins +1100
  • Royals +1200
  • Rangers +1600

NL Pennant Favorites

Teams with the shortest NL pennant odds:

  • Dodgers +150
  • Phillies +275
  • Braves +400
  • Brewers +1400
  • Padres +2000
  • Diamondbacks +2200
  • Cubs +2500
  • Giants +3000

MLB World Series Prediction

Pick: Mariners (+1600)

The best way to play the World Series market is to target an American League team, as the National League is too top-heavy with the Dodgers and the Phillies leading the way.

My favorite upside pick in the AL is the Mariners, who have mostly hovered between 16/1 and 20/1 to win the World Series.

Seattle’s AL pennant price is especially intriguing, but this team can remove itself from the list of teams that have never won a World Series this year.

The biggest reason to believe in the Mariners’ potential is their pitching. They have multiple Cy Young candidates on their staff between Luis Castillo, George Kirby, and Logan Gilbert. It’s arguably the best staff in the AL, which bodes well in October.

The offense has struggled out of the gate, but third-year star Julio Rodríguez could be the key to this lineup getting hot at the right time.

The AL West is more winnable than in recent years with the Astros scuffling. If the Mariners can capitalize, they will certainly be a popular playoff pick this fall.

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Shane Jackson

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Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.

Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.