2023 Orioles World Series Odds, Division Futures, Best Bets, More
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|World Series Odds||+10000|
|Regular Season Wins||76.5|
|To Make Playoffs||Yes +320 / No -430|
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Best Bet: Grayson Rodriguez to Win AL Rookie of the Year (+1300)
Sean Zerillo: We might as well begin by discussing the biggest spring riser — Anthony Volpe (the No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline) — who I bet and entered into the Action App at +2500 on February 23rd. When I ran early projections, Volpe was the only player who stacked up with presumptive favorite Gunnar Henderson (No. 1 prospect) based on average WAR as a component of playing time.
In late February, I only had Volpe slated for 250 plate appearances but was willing to speculate on his talent level (represented by the matching average WAR projection). After a strong spring, I now project Volpe for closer to 560 plate appearances, with the opportunity for even more depending upon his lineup spot, health and performance.
For context, three different projection systems have updated their numbers since Volpe won a roster spot; all have him projected between 3.0 and 3.5 WAR.
At this point, I would just about set Volpe as a co-favorite with Henderson, and considering the price differential, the Yankees’ phenom is still my favorite bet in the AL, down to +500.
While pitchers typically don’t win the award, there are a couple of potential studs in the 2023 class with Grayson Rodriguez (No. 7 prospect) and Hunter Brown (No. 43). Rodriguez will start the year in the minors after a shaky spring, while Brown is currently nursing a back injury. Still, both have the potential to emerge as frontline starters at the MLB level immediately.
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