Latest MLB Playoff Odds For Teams To Make The Postseason

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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

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

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. 

TeamCurrent oddsLast season
Baltimore Orioles4th, AL East
Boston Red Sox5th, AL East
Chicago White Sox2nd, AL Central
Cleveland GuardiansAL Central winner
Detroit Tigers4th, AL Central
Houston AstrosAL West winner
Kansas City Royals 5th, AL Central
Los Angeles Angels3rd, AL West
Minnesota Twins3rd, AL Central
New York YankeesAL East winner
Oakland Athletics5th, AL West
Seattle MarinersAL wild card
Tampa Bay RaysAL wild card
Texas Rangers4th, AL West
Toronto Blue JaysAL 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.  

TeamCurrent oddsLast season
Arizona Diamondbacks4th, NL West
Atlanta BravesNL East winner
Chicago Cubs3rd, NL Central
Cincinnati Reds5th, NL Central
Colorado Rockies5th, NL West
Los Angeles DodgersNL West winner
Miami Marlins4th, NL East
Milwaukee Brewers2nd, NL Central
New York MetsNL wild card
Philadelphia PhilliesNL wild card
Pittsburgh Pirates 4th, NL Central
San Diego PadresNL wild card
San Francisco Giants3rd, NL West
St. Louis Cardinals NL Central winner
Washington Nationals5th, 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

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. 

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. 

TeamPlayoff appearancesMost recent
New York Yankees582022, lost ALCS
Los Angeles Dodgers362022, lost NLDS
St. Louis Cardinals 322022, lost NLWC
Oakland Athletics292020, lost ALDS
Atlanta Braves282022, lost NLDS
San Francisco Giants272021, lost NLDS
Boston Red Sox252021, lost ALCS
Chicago Cubs212020, lost NLWC
Minnesota Twins172020, lost ALWC
Pittsburgh Pirates172015, lost NLWC
Cincinnati Reds162020, lost NLWC
Cleveland Guardians162022, lost ALDS
Detroit Tigers162014, lost ALDS
Houston Astros 162022, won World Series
Philadelphia Phillies152022, lost World Series
Baltimore Orioles142016, lost ALWC
Chicago White Sox112021, lost ALDS
Los Angeles Angels102014, lost ALDS
New York Mets102022, lost NLWC
Kansas City Royals92015, won World Series
Toronto Blue Jays92022, lost ALWC
Milwaukee Brewers82021, lost NLDS
Tampa Bay Rays82022, lost ALWC
Texas Rangers82016, lost ALDS
San Diego Padres72022, lost NLCS
Arizona Diamondbacks62017, lost NLDS
Washington Nationals62019, won World Series
Colorado Rockies52018, lost NLDS
Seattle Mariners 52022, lost ALDS
Miami Marlins32020, 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.  

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