AL West Predictions, Odds and Expert Picks for the 2022 MLB Season on FanDuel Sportsbook
By Larry Rupp
Spring Training is coming to an end and the 2022 MLB season is rapidly approaching. There's been no shortage of drama and stoppages this offseason, and baseball fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that we only have games to focus on.
The 2022 World Series race is wide open outside of the Los Angeles Dodgers (+470), but some early favorites stand out in the field, according to MLB odds from FanDuel Sportsbook. The Toronto Blue Jays (+950), Chicago White Sox (+1000), Houston Astros (+1000) and New York Mets (+1100) are all considered legitimate contenders.
Before they worry about the World Series, though, teams need to focus on the regular season and take care of their division.
With that in mind, here is how industry experts see the American League West shaping up in 2022.
Picks to Win the American League West
Predictions from USA Today come from their panel of six experts, PECOTA projections come from Baseball Prospectus, and Clay Davenport (who co-founded Baseball Prospectus) projections come from his personal website. FanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of April 1, 2022.
USA Today: Houston Astros
PECOTA: Houston Astros
Clay Davenport: Houston Astros
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Houston Astros (-170)
The Houston Astros have won the AL West in four of the past five seasons and have a number of veteran leaders on the roster. They are the clear favorite to earn the divisional crown in 2022.
Houston Astros Predictions 2022
USA Today: 90-72
Clay Davenport: 87-75
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 92.5
Odds to Win AL East: -170
It's going to be interesting to see how the Astros perform following the departure of shortstop Carlos Correa. All of the projections suggest the team will take a small step back and finish under their win total.
Los Angeles Angels Predictions 2022
USA Today: 82-80
Clay Davenport: 86-76
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 83.5
Odds to Win the AL East: +400
The Angels will aim to make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2014. PECOTA and Clay Davenport certainly think it's a possible goal, while USA Today expects another average finish.
Seattle Mariners Predictions 2022
USA Today: 85-77
Clay Davenport: 78-84
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 83.5
Odds to Win AL East: +500
The clear consensus here seems to be that the Mariners will be nowhere near as good as they were in 2021 (90-72). In fact, Clay Davenport doesn't even project Seattle to finish above the .500 mark.
Texas Rangers Predictions 2022
USA Today: 74-88
Clay Davenport: 74-88
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 74.5
Odds to Win AL East: +1600
The additions of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien will be huge for the Rangers. None of the projections have Texas reaching the over on its win total, but they all see the team improving by at least 10 wins.
Oakland Athletics Predictions 2022
USA Today: 70-92
Clay Davenport: 63-99
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 69.5
Odds to Win AL East: +3500
An Athletics' fall from the top seems like a lock at this point. USA Today is the only one projecting the team to finish with at least 70 wins. Keep in Mind Oakland hasn't finished under .500 since 2017.
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