It’s only been a handful of days since the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series in 32 years. We’re in the midst of awarding baseball’s regular hardware, and everyone in the sport is bracing themselves for an offseason unlike any other after the financial losses of the shortened 2020 season.
The assumption is that since the 60-game season and bubbled postseason was an overall success, the 2021 season will be a full year of baseball. That means it’s never too soon to look ahead to 2021 World Series betting and what teams you could expect to see competing for the title.
2021 World Series Betting Favorites
Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)
New York Yankees (+600)
Atlanta Braves (+800)
Chicago White Sox (+1000)
San Diego Padres (+1000)
Tampa Bay Rays (+1200)
Oakland Athletics (+1600)
Minnesota Twins (+1600)
Cincinnati Reds (+2000)
Houston Astros (+2200)
Cleveland Indians (+2500)
New York Mets (+2500)
Chicago Cubs (+2500)
Two of the biggest movers on this board from a year ago are the Padres in the National League and the White Sox in the American League. San Diego was +4500 to win the 2020 World Series, but had a great season, made it to the NLDS, and have a great young core of players that should be even better in 2021.
The White Sox were in the AL Central race to the very end and lost in the Wildcard Round to the A’s. At +2500 a year ago, the White Sox are now tied with the Padres at +1000. Chicago’s young stars like Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Tim Anderson should continue to shine in 2021. With the fourth-best odds at the championships, the White Sox make a lot of 2021 World Series betting sense.
The Dodgers, Yankees, and Braves are no surprise at the top. They have loaded rosters and were all great teams in 2020. But there is one intriguing value play that isn’t on this board – the Washington Nationals at +3500.
The World Series winner in 2019 had a rough 2020. Ryan Zimmerman took the COVID opt-out, and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg was lost for the season after wrist surgery. After that, the Nationals never got back on track.
But 2021 expects to have a healthy Strasburg back in the rotation, and at just 21-years old, Juan Soto might already be the best hitter in the National League. In 2020 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Trea Turner has also established himself as one of the premier shortstops in baseball.
It’s easy to see how the Nationals could recapture their 2019 magic and pay big dividends on a +3500 wager in a full season.
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