A few weeks remain until the return of the much-awaited baseball season. That being said, now’s as good a time as any to get a glimpse of which teams are currently considered the odds favorites to win the American League in 2021.
Let’s take a closer look at two of the favorites for the 2021 MLB season’s AL pennant race below. Then, check out all the latest MLB futures odds and lines to start placing stakes on all the exciting baseball betting action as early as this offseason.
Updated 2021 MLB National League Pennant Odds
With #MLB Spring Training getting underway, 'The Big E' @realEricCohen outlines his expectations for the American League East, including his projected win totals for all five teams. https://t.co/5lPc2hJkV3 pic.twitter.com/c5yqXKYQq8— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) February 28, 2021
|New York Yankees||+250|
|Chicago White Sox||+375|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+750|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+850|
|Los Angeles Angels||+2000|
|Boston Red Sox||+2800|
|Kansas City Royals||+5000|
READ MORE: 2021 MLB National League Odds Favorites
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 MLB American League Pennant?
Two of the three teams featured below are from the crowded AL Central. Meanwhile, the AL West got the short end of the stick, as the front-runner to win the American League pennant race is a familiar face out East who’s no stranger to success relative to the MLB’s lengthy history.
New York Yankees
The Yankees enter the 2021 MLB season as the early front-runners to win the AL pennant, and they did so by making a few wise moves rather than huge splashes compared to previous offseasons.
First off, and rightfully so, the Bronx Bombers addressed their lack of starting rotation depth. They signed former two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and righty Jameson Taillon, who’ll be reunited with New York’s current top ace in Gerrit Cole as the two will split time in the rotation again as they did back in Pittsburgh.
The Yanks also re-signed DJ LeMahieu to a six-year, $90 million deal after the outfielder won the AL batting title with a .364 batting average last season.
In 2020, the Yankees averaged 5.39 runs per game, which was good for third in the majors.
Chicago White Sox
Expect another tight race in the AL Central between Chicago, Cleveland, and Minnesota, who finished the previous season within one game of each other in the standings. However, in terms of the bigger picture that is the American League pennant, the White Sox have a decent edge over their division rivals.
Led by reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu, along with a solid mix of veterans and promising talent alike, the Sox are one of the trendier picks of the 2021 offseason. What likely increased their projected odds to win the AL title all the more was the surprise hiring of three-time World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa, showing the rest of the league that the Sox are dead serious to contend for the AL pennant this season. In other words, the White Sox are certainly considered as among the AL Pennant favorites.
With MLB betting odds of +700 to win the AL, Chicago may be the trendier pick out of the AL Central this season, but it’s Minnesota which already has evident success working in its favor, having won the division the past two seasons.
Pundits may be lower on the Twins this 2021 regular season given how they’ve flamed out in the first round of playoffs on both occasions. Then again, smart front-office decisions coupled with a promising core of talent make for a well-developed ballclub in the majors.
At the heart of the Twins’ batting order is the terrifying trio of sluggers in Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, and Miguel Sano. A balanced starting rotation featuring the likes of Kenta Maeda, Jose Berrios, J.A. Happ, and Michael Pineda rounds out a complete Minnesota roster that’s built to contend this very season. Regular-season stability is what Minny brings to the table; albeit at the expense of the team’s shortcomings in the playoffs.
*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.