World Series odds update: Yankees, Dodgers co-favored at season's midpoint

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We're nearly halfway through this 2022 MLB season, and the two best teams have been none other than the preseason favorite Dodgers and Yankees - who are favored to face off in this year's World Series for the first time in four decades.

Both clubs are priced at +450 to win the Fall Classic, though New York boasts the best record in baseball (55-20) ahead of the season's halfway point. Los Angeles (45-28) doesn't even own the NL's best record - that belongs to the Mets (47-28). However, the Dodgers have held pole position atop the oddsboard since opening as a short favorite back in November.

TEAM ODDS
Los Angeles Dodgers +450
New York Yankees +450
Houston Astros +600
New York Mets +750
Atlanta Braves +1100
Toronto Blue Jays +1100
San Diego Padres +1200
Milwaukee Brewers +2000
St. Louis Cardinals +2800
Tampa Bay Rays +3000
San Francisco Giants +3100
Boston Red Sox +3300
Chicago White Sox +3300
Philadelphia Phillies +3700
Minnesota Twins +4000
Cleveland Guardians +7500
Los Angeles Angels +8500
Seattle Mariners +15000
Miami Marlins +20000
Texas Rangers +25000
Arizona Diamondbacks +50000
Baltimore Orioles +75000
Chicago Cubs +75000
Colorado Rockies +75000
Detroit Tigers +75000
Pittsburgh Pirates +75000
Cincinnati Reds +100000
Kansas City Royals +100000
Oakland Athletics +100000
Washington Nationals +100000

The Dodgers and Yankees - former crosstown rivals - have faced off in the Fall Classic a record 11 times but not since 1981, when a midseason strike nixed 713 games that year. Following a lengthy lockout this winter, both teams entered the season as favorites to win their respective leagues and have each earned their spot atop the title oddsboard.

The Yankees have made it look easy since April when they ripped off a 24-5 run after a .500 start through the first 10 games. Since May 31, New York has won 22 of 27 games behind MVP favorite Aaron Judge, who paces all qualified hitters in home runs (28) and total runs scored (60) entering Wednesday.

Don't sleep on the Dodgers' loaded lineup, either, even with recent MVP favorite Mookie Betts on the mend. Star slugger Freddie Freeman (.874 OPS) has lived up to expectations this season, while the team's already lethal staff has become even more dangerous with the emergence of Tony Gonsolin (1.58 ERA) and Tyler Anderson (3.23).

Los Angeles still trails the Mets (+750) in the NL standings, which is a testament to New York's resilience through a turbulent first half of the season. Former multi-time Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom should rejoin the rotation in the coming weeks, though that can't come soon enough after the team's blowout loss to the Astros (+600). Houston joins the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets as the only teams priced shorter than 10-1.

C Jackson Cowart is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on Twitter (@CJacksonCowart) or email him at cjackson.cowart@thescore.com.

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