Fresh off a 2021 MLB World Series title, the Atlanta Braves will be looking to repeat in 2022.
However, the Braves won’t have a couple of familiar faces to start the season. 2020 MVP and 2021 World Series champion, Freddie Freeman, elected to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the off-season after the Braves traded for a younger version of Freeman in Matt Olson, the former Oakland Athletics first baseman.
The Braves will also be without Ronald Acuña Jr. to start the season. But that’s only because he’s recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season. Acuña Jr. isn’t expected to be back until at least May.
With a whole lot of shuffling, can the Braves get back into the playoffs and win another World Series in 2022? Here are our best bets for the Braves in 2022.
Braves Top Betting Odds 2022
Atlanta Braves MLB betting odds are current as of March 30, 9 am ET at Caesars Sportsbook.
- World Series Winners: +1200
- Win National League pennant: +550
- Win National League East title: +145
- 2022 Win Total Over/Under: 90.5 (-110)
If we learned anything from last season, it’s that it doesn’t really matter how you start. It matters how you finish.
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The Braves were 44-45 on July 11 and were given just a 0.4% chance to win the World Series via Fangraphs. But with many moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, the Atlanta front office put the Braves in the best position to succeed, and that ultimately led to a Championship.
Braves Futures Bets 2022
Under 90.5 Wins (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 0.5 Units
The Braves only won 88 games last season, but that was still enough to make the playoffs.
This year, the New York Mets are much more improved and the Philadelphia Phillies are a team to watch as well in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins have some really good pitching and the Washington Nationals will likely stick around in the division as long as Juan Soto stays healthy.
It’s going to be hard for any team in the NL East to win 90 or more games this season. It’s a deeper division than some will want to give the NL East credit for.
Braves to make the Playoffs (-300) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 0.5 Units
Once Acuña Jr. is back in the lineup for the Braves, the roster won’t miss a beat. After all, Olson is a younger version of Freeman.
Maybe he’s not as special of a leader but both first basemen are absolutely sluggers from the left-handed side. Olson hit 39 home runs with 111 RBIs last year, while Freeman hit 31 home runs with 83 RBIs.
Freeman’s average was .300, and while Olson’s was just above .270, he has better power numbers.
Plus, Marcell Ozuna is back with the Braves after he was sidelined for most of last season due to off-the-field issues. Ozuna has 182 career home runs and should be able to reach 200 home runs this season as long as he earns playing time again.
The starting rotation is also deep with six players who can earn starts between Max Fried, Charlie Morton, Ian Anderson, Huascar Ynoa, Kyle Wright, and Mike Soroka. Soroka likely won’t be ready for the regular season as he recovers from an Achilles tear.
Anyway, as the year gets going, the Braves will become more healthy and should ultimately get into the playoffs with under 90 wins.
Braves Player Prop Bets 2022
Matt Olson Home Run Leader (+2000) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 0.5 Units
Olson went unnoticed in Oakland despite hitting 39 home runs and 111 RBIs in 2021. The left-handed hitter played in 156 games and was extremely durable, leading to 565 at-bats and a career-high in home runs.
In the NL East, it’s not going to be nearly as easy against pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, but getting to play home games in Truist Park instead of RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland will be crucial.
According to BaseballSavant.com, Truist Park ranks 11th in park factor for home runs in the past three seasons, while RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland ranks 23rd.
That’s going to help a bit.
Max Fried to Win NL Cy Young (+2000) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 0.5 Units
Last year, Fried went 14-7 with an ERA of 3.04. He also struck out 158 batters while walking just 41 in 28 games started.
2021 was Fried’s best season, and he’s only 28 years old. There’s so much room for improvement, and Fried proved himself on the biggest stage last season, in the playoffs.
Fried threw 27.2 innings in the postseason and went 2-2 with an ERA of 4.23. He struck out 29 batters and walked just three batters.
When he got in trouble, Fried made the pitches to escape jams and keep the Braves in games. In three of those five starts in the postseason, Fried finished with six innings.
At one point, Fried had thrown 12 straight quality starts. A quality start is pitching at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs per game, and Fried did that 12 straight starts to finish the regular season. If he continues to be that consistent, the Cy Young Award is something Fried can legitimately win.