Chicago White Sox are a good bet for a World Series title

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With the lockout now over and baseball getting back to the business of actually playing the game, the Chicago White Sox can now begin defense of their American League Central crown. In doing so, oddsmakers not only like their chances of repeating as division champs but think highly of them for a World Series title as well.

WynnBet is very bullish on the White Sox this year and sees them as having a very good season that could provide a decent return for those who want to drop a few coins on them. In addition to the White Sox, WynnBet sees the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels as two other teams that could be nice World Series futures bets.

The White Sox are listed as +1500 along with the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series. It should come as no surprise that the Los Angeles Dodgers are viewed as the favorite at +550 with the Houston Astros next at +700.

Despite not making the postseason, the San Diego Padres are third on the list at +800, followed by the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays.  Each of these teams ranges in odds from +800 to +1400.

The Chicago White Sox are a very good bet to win the 2022 World Series.

That is what makes the White Sox a nice value bet. With a solid offense, excellent starting pitching, and a strong bullpen, they look like a team that is capable of making a run at the World Series this year.

In comparison to the rest of the Central division right now, WynnBet sees the Sox as being the only team that has a legit shot at being a factor in the playoffs. Cleveland, Minnesota, Kansas City, and Detroit are all seen as longshots at 60/1 or higher odds.

To support that theory, WynnBet placed the White Sox win total for the season at 91.5 victories.  The next highest total in the division belongs to the Tigers with 77.5 wins. The White Sox number is third in the AL behind the Yankees’ 93 and the Astros’ 92. They are fourth overall with the Dodgers leading the way at 95.

WynnBet placed AL pennant futures back in October with the Astros and Yankees at +500 followed by the Red Sox (+600) and Blue Jays (+650). The White Sox were fifth at +700 which still yields a good return on investment.

Back in February, FanGraphs posted its lockout ZiPS projections for each team and gave percentages for such things as winning the division, making the playoffs, and winning the World Series.

The projects labeled the White Sox as 70.7% at taking the division and 74.8% to be in the playoffs. Their 8.0% to win the World Series was just behind the Yankees at 8.4% and the Astros 10.9%

Things are bound to change now that free agency is active again and teams can make moves to bolster their clubs. Obviously, injuries and in-season trades will have an effect on the odds as the season progresses but for right now, the odds look pretty good for the White Sox being a value play to win their first title since 2005.

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