Also known in the United States as “The Fall Classic,” Major League Baseball’s World Series is the culmination of a 162-game season and month-long playoff. When it comes to baseball betting, there are plenty of opportunities both before and during the World Series, as NJ sports betting sites and PA sports betting sites will take wagers on who will win the title, individual games, run totals and a host of prop bets.
Road to the World Series
Major League Baseball consists of 30 teams playing in two leagues, the American League and the National League, with each league divided into three divisions of five teams apiece. In each league, the three division winners all qualify for the postseason as well as the two non-division winners (called wild cards) that have the best records. Playoff seeding within each league is determined by best overall record among the division winners.
- Wild-Card Games: The two wild-card teams from each league play a one-game play-in to advance to the Division Series round.
- Division Series: In each league, the winner of the wild-card game faces the division winner with the best record in a best-of-5 series, while the other two division winners also play a best-of-5 series.
- League Championship Series: The winners of the two American League Division Series and the winners of the two National League Division Series each play a best-of-7 series for the right to meet in the World Series.
The first World Series was played in 1903 and featured the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates. The best-of-7 series takes place in mid-to-late October and features the champion of the American League and National League.
Tips for World Series Prop Bets
Just like in most major championships, there are a lot of prop bets available for those looking to have some fun.
Perhaps the most popular prop best is wagering on which player will win the World Series Most Valuable Player award. Position players tend to get lower odds than pitchers for MVP because they appear more often. From 2004-19, only three pitchers have won the award. The odds are longer for a reason.
Some of the more exotic prop bets in the past have included which manager gets ejected first, whether a player flips his bat after hitting a home run, who gets hit by a pitch first and how many total players get beaned in the World Series.
Bettors can also wager on Series-long prop bets, such as total hits or home runs by individual players or teams, player-vs.-player wagers over the course of a series, and single-game prop bets. The choices are plentiful.