The baseball season is in full swing. On a daily basis, legal online sportsbooks have MLB betting odds available for each game. Bettors can also take a long-term view of how the season might play out via the futures market.
One of the top attractions is which team will win the next World Series, but you can also try to identify which teams will still be in the running when it’s time for the postseason. Let’s take a look at the latest MLB playoff odds.
2023 MLB playoff odds
You can compare the playoff odds for all 30 MLB teams at multiple legal sportsbooks via the table below. If you see a bet that you’re interested in, just click on the odds to be directed to the sportsbook where you can place the wager.
2023 MLB playoff betting favorites
As the MLB season moves along, there are clear favorites to make it to the postseason in both leagues. Here are the current favorites on the AL side.
American League playoff favorites
- Houston Astros
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
The defending champion Astros and a trio of teams that also qualified for last year’s postseason from the same division are among the main favorites so far. Once again, the battle for AL supremacy could end up coming down to the squad from Houston and clubs from the powerhouse AL East.
National League playoff favorites
- Atlanta Braves
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- New York Mets
- San Diego Padres
Over in the NL, it’s also four playoff teams from a season ago leading the way in betting odds. The Padres fell in the NLCS to the eventual league-champion Phillies. The Dodgers and Braves were upset in the NLDS, while the Mets were bounced in the wild card round.
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AL playoff odds
In the AL playoff chase, there’s a handful of clear favorites, several clubs that could go one way or the other, and some teams that appear to be long shots. Here are the latest playoff odds for each AL squad.
|Team||Current odds||Last season|
|Baltimore Orioles||4th, AL East|
|Boston Red Sox||5th, AL East|
|Chicago White Sox||2nd, AL Central|
|Cleveland Guardians||AL Central winner|
|Detroit Tigers||4th, AL Central|
|Houston Astros||AL West winner|
|Kansas City Royals||5th, AL Central|
|Los Angeles Angels||3rd, AL West|
|Minnesota Twins||3rd, AL Central|
|New York Yankees||AL East winner|
|Oakland Athletics||5th, AL West|
|Seattle Mariners||AL wild card|
|Tampa Bay Rays||AL wild card|
|Texas Rangers||4th, AL West|
|Toronto Blue Jays||AL wild card|
NL playoff odds
For the NL, the story is similar. Betting odds suggest that a few teams have a good chance to be playing in October, while the rest of the league jockeys for position. Here are the current playoff odds for the NL teams.
|Team||Current odds||Last season|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||4th, NL West|
|Atlanta Braves||NL East winner|
|Chicago Cubs||3rd, NL Central|
|Cincinnati Reds||5th, NL Central|
|Colorado Rockies||5th, NL West|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||NL West winner|
|Miami Marlins||4th, NL East|
|Milwaukee Brewers||2nd, NL Central|
|New York Mets||NL wild card|
|Philadelphia Phillies||NL wild card|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||4th, NL Central|
|San Diego Padres||NL wild card|
|San Francisco Giants||3rd, NL West|
|St. Louis Cardinals||NL Central winner|
|Washington Nationals||5th, NL East|
Betting on MLB playoff teams explained
Twelve teams qualify for the MLB playoffs, six each from both the AL and NL. The six division winners — three from each league — earn berths, as do the three non-division winners with the best records from both leagues. The top two seeds in each league get a bye through the wild card round.
Winners of that round advance to face the top seeds in the divisional series. The victors then go on to meet in the league championship series, the winners of which will square off at the World Series.
In advance of the season and as it plays out, bettors can place wagers on teams to make or miss the playoffs.
- New York Yankees to make the playoffs
- Yes -235
- No +195
It’s a season-long wager that won’t be settled until the outcome is official. In addition to the potential profit if you do end up winning, it’s a bet that can provide you with additional rooting interest all season long.
2022 MLB playoffs
Here’s a look back at last season’s playoff teams and how the postseason shook out.
- AL playoff teams
- Houston Astros, AL West
- New York Yankees, AL East
- Cleveland Guardians, AL Central
- Toronto Blue Jays, wild card
- Seattle Mariners, wild card
- Tampa Bay Rays, wild card
- NL playoff teams
- Los Angeles Dodgers, NL West
- Atlanta Braves, NL East
- St. Louis Cardinals, NL Central
- New York Mets, wild card
- San Diego Padres, wild card
- Philadelphia Phillies, wild card
- 2022 MLB postseason results
- AL Wild Card Series: Mariners over Blue Jays, Guardians over Rays
- NL Wild Card Series: Padres over Mets, Phillies over Cardinals
- AL Division Series: Astros over Mariners, Yankees over Guardians
- NL Division Series: Padres over Dodgers, Phillies over Braves
- AL Championship Series: Astros over Yankees
- NL Championship Series: Phillies over Padres
- World Series: Astros over Phillies
Which MLB teams have the most playoff appearances?
On an all-time basis, a few MLB teams stand out when it comes to making it to the postseason.
|Team||Playoff appearances||Most recent|
|New York Yankees||58||2022, lost ALCS|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||36||2022, lost NLDS|
|St. Louis Cardinals||32||2022, lost NLWC|
|Oakland Athletics||29||2020, lost ALDS|
|Atlanta Braves||28||2022, lost NLDS|
|San Francisco Giants||27||2021, lost NLDS|
|Boston Red Sox||25||2021, lost ALCS|
|Chicago Cubs||21||2020, lost NLWC|
|Minnesota Twins||17||2020, lost ALWC|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||17||2015, lost NLWC|
|Cincinnati Reds||16||2020, lost NLWC|
|Cleveland Guardians||16||2022, lost ALDS|
|Detroit Tigers||16||2014, lost ALDS|
|Houston Astros||16||2022, won World Series|
|Philadelphia Phillies||15||2022, lost World Series|
|Baltimore Orioles||14||2016, lost ALWC|
|Chicago White Sox||11||2021, lost ALDS|
|Los Angeles Angels||10||2014, lost ALDS|
|New York Mets||10||2022, lost NLWC|
|Kansas City Royals||9||2015, won World Series|
|Toronto Blue Jays||9||2022, lost ALWC|
|Milwaukee Brewers||8||2021, lost NLDS|
|Tampa Bay Rays||8||2022, lost ALWC|
|Texas Rangers||8||2016, lost ALDS|
|San Diego Padres||7||2022, lost NLCS|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||6||2017, lost NLDS|
|Washington Nationals||6||2019, won World Series|
|Colorado Rockies||5||2018, lost NLDS|
|Seattle Mariners||5||2022, lost ALDS|
|Miami Marlins||3||2020, lost NLDS|
When do the MLB playoffs begin in 2023?
This year’s MLB season began on March 30. The final day of the regular season will be Oct. 1. Barring any unforeseen delays, the MLB playoffs will begin on Oct. 3. If the World Series extends to a full seven games, the tentative date for the final game is Nov. 4.