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The new look Los Angeles Dodgers, led by Shohei Ohtani, begin the 2024 Major League Baseball season as the favorites to win the World Series. The Dodgers went out and spent $1 billion dollars in free agency signings in the offseason. Not only did they sign Ohtani, the best player in the game, they went out and got Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Japan’s three-time league MVP. He was already considered a Cy Young contender before he threw his first pitch in MLB. The Dodgers also signed Tyler Glasnow and James Paxton. The Dodgers have not won the World Series since 2020, but they enter 2024 as the clear favorites.
The Atlanta Braves are next in World Series odds. They led the Major Leagues last season in almost every offensive category and bring back virtually the same lineup. The Braves also added Jarred Kelenic and Chris Sale in the off-season. The Braves won the World Series in 2021. The New York Yankees are third in World Series odds and they will make headlines this year with a potent offense led by Aaron Judge and newcomer Juan Soto. The Yankees have not won the World Series since 2009. The Houston Astros are the fourth choice in MLB betting futures odds. They have made the World Series in four of the last seven seasons and won the title twice in that time period. The Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs last season after a seven-year drought and they look to be even better in 2024 with the addition of Corbin Burnes. The Texas Rangers are the reigning World Series champions, but they are down the list a bit in terms of favorites to win the title this season. The other team listed with odds of less than 20-1 to win the 2024 World Series is the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies lost in the World Series two years ago to the Astros.
The 2024 MLB regular season begins on March 20 with a two-game series between the Dodgers and Padres in Seoul, South Korea. The regular season begins for the rest of the teams on March 28. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is set for July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The 2024 MLB Playoffs begin on October 1 and conclude with the World Series that begins in late October.
A number of teams head into the 2024 MLB season as darkhorse candidates to win the title. Those teams with odds between 20-1 and 50-1 are the Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. Not to be totally forgotten in terms of World Series odds are the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Guardians, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. The longshot teams for 2024 are the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics.
There are some minor rule changes for the 2024 MLB season. The pitch clock will go from 20 seconds to 18 seconds when runners are on base. Mound visits have been reduced from five to four and a pitcher who warms up at the start of an inning must face at least one batter.
MLB is in their third year of agreements with ESPN, Fox, TBS, Apple TV+, and MLB Network. FOX has Baseball Night in American and Fox Saturday Baseball and they will show the 2024 MLB All-Star Game. TBS will continue to broadcast Tuesday Night Baseball and ESPN will continue to broadcast Sunday Night Baseball. MLB Network will continue to show games on a regular basis and Apple TV+ has Friday Night Baseball. ESPN and ABC have all four of the Wild Card playoff series and then it is TBS, FOX and FS1 doing the rest of the MLB playoffs with FOX having the World Series in 2024.
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