The MLB schedule officially came to an end Saturday evening when the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies for their second World Series Championship in six years. The 2022 World Series winner was crowned last Saturday.
What Were the Odds?
The Astros were the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series from the word go with +450 odds. They also had the second-shortest odds to win the World Series at +900 at the start of the MLB schedule. They ended up becoming the 2022 World series winner.
Compared to the rest of the American League, the Yankees had the second-lowest odds at +525. That number got even shorter after the Yankees’ incredible start to the season, led by Aaron Judge.
As for Philadelphia, its odds were much higher. They were +3000 to win the World Series at the start of the MLB schedule. There was likely time to get tickets on the Phillies, especially after Bryce Harper went down with a broken thumb.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were the huge favorites coming in at +275 to win the National League. Immediately behind them were a pair of NL East teams. The New York Mets were +500 after a slew of offseason moves, while the defending champion Atlanta Braves came in at +600.
Betting History Was Made
Another Astros season, another year of Mattress Mack stories. For those who don’t know, Jim McIngvale is a Houston furniture tycoon and more importantly, an Astros superfan.
Back in May, McIngvale placed a series of bets on the Astros, totaling around $10 million to win $75 million.
This was big, as he announced that he had sold nearly that much money in mattresses with a special deal that centered around the Astros. Any customer who spent $3,000 or more on a mattress would receive it for free if the Astros pulled off a World Series win.
McIngvale was at every game, even making the trip to Philly and enduring heckling fans after the Phillies took a 2-1 series lead after three games. But Mack didn’t blink or even think about hedging. Good thing too, because the Astros snapped back to earth to stifle Philadelphia’s hype and took the next three games. According to Forbes, the $75 million he won is a record betting payout.
Dusty Finally Got His
A legend of the game, Dusty Baker finally earned that World Series ring as a manager. He has a ring from his playing days, and had come close multiple times before this. That includes last season when the Astros fell to the Atlanta Braves. It seemed it may never happen for Baker. But as the coach of the Astros, you’re always contending, and contend they did.
Baker earned this ring in his 25th season managing in the big leagues. He’s coached some great teams along the way, including Barry Bonds in his prime with the San Francisco Giants. He was also the manager of the Chicago Cubs when the infamous Steve Bartman incident happened, that saw them eventually lose to the Florida Marlins for the pennant.
Baker also coached a pair of 95-plus win Washington Nationals teams in 2016 and 2017. The team decided to move on from Baker following the 2017 season. They went on to win the World Series two seasons later.