Tigers Odds & Predictions | 2022 MLB Playoff Futures & Award Props

Posted: Mar 23, 2022Last updated: Mar 29, 2022

The Detroit Tigers are in a great spot moving forward.

It’s not easy to see, but Detroit was one of the better teams in the American League last season. After starting the year 9-24, the Tigers went 68-61 the rest of the way, rising to third place in the AL Central after finishing last in both 2019 and 2020. Even with the slow start, Detroit still enjoyed its best winning percentage since 2016 and is primed to keep improving.

The Tigers are flush with young talent after half a decade of rebuilding, and the front office brought in quality veterans such as Javier Baez, Tucker Barnhart, and Eduardo Rodriguez during the offseason. Plus, everyone is well managed by AJ Hinch.

But can Detroit finally put it together after years of disarray? Let’s dig in with some Tigers 2022 predictions and best bets.

Tigers Top Betting Odds 2022

Detroit Tigers betting odds are current as of Tuesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. ET on Caesars Sportsbook.

  • World Series Winners: +6000
  • Win American League pennant: +2800
  • Win American League Central title: +750
  • 2022 Win Total Over/Under: 78.5 (-110)

The Tigers’ odds have jumped considerably in the wake of their productive offseason. Detroit now has the third-best odds to win the AL Central this year, where the Chicago White Sox are heavily favored. Additionally, the Tigers’ 78.5-win total is their highest in years.

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The market is giving Detroit some respect, but is it enough?

Tigers Futures Bets 2022

Tigers To Win AL Central (+750) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.4 Units

The White Sox are simply overvalued to win the division. Chicago was good last year, but its offense wasn’t anything special and the team relied largely on spectacular pitching to win games.

That will be more difficult this year without Carlos Rodon, however, especially with a defense that ranked second-to-last in the AL in defensive runs saved at -40.

Therefore, I’ll take a shot with the Tigers, who should be able to compete in an otherwise wide-open division. Rodriguez brings a veteran presence and championship experience to an up-and-coming rotation led by Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, the latter of whom set a franchise rookie record with 164 strikeouts last season.

Additionally, look for second-year reliever Alex Lange to greatly improve Detroit’s bullpen following a bumpy start to his MLB career. In 18 second-half appearances last year, he posted a 1.37 ERA with a 2.76 FIP and a .194 opponents’ batting average.

Baez should provide a similar boost to the Tigers’ lineup with his power, speed, and contact ability. While he can be streaky, he finished last season on fire and is an All-Star-caliber player.

Detroit has a balanced roster that is trending up, while Chicago has an unbalanced roster that is trending down. This is a great value for our MLB bet of the day.

Tigers To Make Playoffs (+310) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.3 Units

If Detroit doesn’t win the division, I’d take a slightly smaller stance on them to stay in the AL Wild Card race.

The American League is tough, but it’s really the AL East teams that are the most dangerous. If one of them has a down year, the race will open up considerably.

Plus, the playoffs are expanding to include an extra team in each league this year, which gives the Tigers an even better chance of making the postseason.

Can Detroit Tigers rookie Spencer Torkelson hit enough to win the 2022 AL Rookie of the Year Award? (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Tigers Player Prop Bets 2022

Spencer Torkelson To Win AL Rookie of the Year (+500) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.2 Units

Spencer Torkelson has been hidden in Detroit’s farm system for years, but he’s one of the top prospects in all of baseball. After shooting up from Single-A to Triple-A in 2021, the 22-year-old appears ready for his big breakout.

Torkelson is patient beyond his years and has massive power potential, which he displayed across all three levels last year with a cumulative .267/.383/.552 batting line. He also laid waste to the Arizona Fall League, batting .450/.607/.550 there.

Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals is the favorite to win this award, but Torkelson is going to be right in the heart of the Tigers’ lineup. Torkelson could become a very valuable player on a competitive team, whereas Witt Jr. will be a good player on a poor team.

The talent and the narrative are both there for Torkelson. I’ll take this bet.

Eduardo Rodriguez To Win AL Cy Young (+5000) at Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.1 Units

Rodriguez is super undervalued. While he finished with the worst ERA (4.74) and WHIP (1.39) of his career last year, his 10.6 K/9 and 3.32 FIP were both the best of his career. His 3.50 xERA was also more than a full run better than his actual ERA.

That means he was unlucky with a Boston Red Sox defense that was well below average last season, particularly on the left side of the infield. If you look at the advanced metrics, Rodriguez was one of the best pitchers in the AL last season, finishing 10th in FanGraphs’ version of pitching WAR (3.8).

Leaving behind Fenway Park and Boston’s shaky defense can only help Rodriguez, whose numbers should improve dramatically if his BABIP and strand rate return to normal. It wouldn’t surprise me if E-Rod has a career year in 2022, so he’s well worth a sprinkle at 50/1 here.


Tanner McGrath

Tanner McGrath joined The Game Day to cover the NFL but is beginning to branch out in other areas as well. He can write about anything but is especially passionate about Major League Baseball (go Red Sox!) and NCAA Basketball. He’s a McGill University grad and former (Canadian) Division-I alpine ski racer who now spends his time drinking beer and betting home underdogs.

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