The St. Louis Cardinals seem like perennial World Series contenders. They’ve won the World Series twice in the 2000s and are extremely competitive year after year.
The Cardinals went 90-72 and made the NL Wild Card game in 2021, but that’s where their season ended. Still, 90 wins for a team that didn’t really have a consistent pitching staff wasn’t all that bad.
The Cardinals have made some changes to their roster this year. But are they enough to win the NL Central over the Milwaukee Brewers?
Cardinals Top Betting Odds 2022
St. Louis Cardinals MLB betting odds are current as of Monday, March 28, at Caesars Sportsbook.
- World Series Winners (+2500)
- Win National League pennant (+1300)
- Win National League Central title (+200)
- 2022 Win Total Over/Under: 85.5 (-110)
The Cardinals won 90 games last year, and in my opinion, have improved their roster. St. Louis added Steven Matz to their starting rotation and will have a five-man rotation of household names like Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, and Miles Mikolas to go along with Matz.
The Cardinals also signed Corey Dickerson to fill their new designated hitter role. Dickerson is a sneaky power bat that could end up with double-digit home runs this season.
In a wide-open NL Central, the Cardinals have a chance to make some noise.
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Cardinals Futures Bets 2022
Cardinals To Make Playoffs (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Cardinals are pretty well-balanced this season. Their starting lineup still consists of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, along with the development of power sluggers like Tyler O’Neill and Dylan Carlson. Although Yadier Molina is past his prime, his presence still helps the Cardinals.
St. Louis has a deep lineup and a reliable pitching staff. Plus, the Cardinals get to beat up on the Pirates plenty of times throughout the year. If the Cardinals get anywhere close to 90 wins again, St. Louis will make the playoffs in our MLB bet of the day.
Cardinals OVER 85.5 Wins (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Cardinals found a way without a reliable starting rotation last season. Adam Wainwright was the only constant, with Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, and Miles Mikolas all missing an extended amount of time. Steven Matz was their big free agent signing and he should make a solid impact after bouncing back last season with the Blue Jays.
The reality is, the Cardinals’ offense will only get better and the pitching rotation will be much more consistent than last year. Their bench depth won’t be very useful, but the bullpen is still rock-solid with consistent arms around closer Giovanny Gallegos.
Cardinals Player Prop Bets 2022
Tyler O’Neill To Lead MLB In Home Runs (+4500) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 0.5 Units
I’m pretty high on O’Neill for this coming season. After all, he popped 34 home runs last year and will bat near Arenado and Goldschmidt in the Cardinals’ lineup. With that kind of protection, O’Neill is a dominant slugger who could find another gear this season.
Last year was only his first full season in the major leagues. With nearly 1,000 career plate appearances under his belt and already 55 MLB home runs thus far, I don’t think we’ll see a “sophomore slump" from him this season. Instead, he’ll likely continue to develop into one of the league’s best power hitters.
Tyler O’Neill To Win NL MVP (+3000) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 0.5 Units
O’Neill is coming off a breakout campaign that saw him bat .286 with 34 home runs, 80 RBIs, 15 steals, and a .912 OPS. After compiling 6.3 WAR (per Baseball-Reference) last year, he could be headed for even bigger numbers in his age-27 season.
O’Neill’s strikeout-to-walk ratio left much to be desired (168/38), but if he can figure out how to make more consistent contact and improve his plate discipline, he has the potential to hit 50 home runs. He also has a star-studded lineup around him and plays for a good team in a big market, which never hurts.