Since they got the final out of Game 6 to win the 2020 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been the betting favorites to repeat in the 2021 Fall Classic and that’s not going to change the rest of the regular season at least. What can we expect in this year’s Fall Classic? With that, let’s take a look at the latest 2021 World Series betting odds. Don’t forget to check for more MLB odds and lines at our online BTC sportsbook and gain more chances to win!
Odds to Win the 2021 World Series
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+300)
- Houston Astros (+500)
- Tampa Bay Rays (+500)
- San Francisco Giants (+550)
- Chicago White Sox (+600)
- Milwaukee Brewers (+650)
- New York Yankees (+850)
- Atlanta Braves (+1500)
- Boston Red Sox (+2200)
- Cincinnati Reds (+3000)
- Oakland Athletics (+3500)
- San Diego Padres (+4000)
- Seattle Mariners (+4500)
- Philadelphia Phillies (+5000)
- Toronto Blue Jays (+6600)
- New York Mets (+7000)
- St. Louis Cardinals (+7500)
- Cleveland Indians (+35000)
- Los Angeles Angels (+60000)
- Detroit Tigers (+50000)
- Colorado Rockies (+300000)
- Kansas City Royals (+400000)
- Washington Nationals (+400000)
- Chicago Cubs (+450000)
- Miami Marlins (+450000)
- Minnesota Twins (+450000)
- Texas Rangers (+499900)
- Baltimore Orioles (+499900)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (+49990)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (+499900)
NOTE: ALL ODDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 World Series?
Let’s not talk about L.A. What other teams can win it all? We will focus on the American League simply as we don’t see the Dodgers failing to win the NL pennant.
The Houston Astros are +500 second-favorites. The Astros lead the Majors in runs, hits, OBP, batting average and OPS and have struck out the fewest times in MLB. Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley rank first and second in the AL in batting average and three-plus hit games. Both are looking to become the second player in club history to win a batting title, joining second baseman Jose Altuve (three times). The offensive is good enough, but do the Stros have enough pitching? While the team bolstered the bullpen at the Trade Deadline, it didn’t address the rotation.There was an outside chance that former ace and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander would return late this season but that has been officially ruled out. Verlander had Tommy John elbow surgery Sept. 30, 2020, so the 38-year-old’s ability to pitch in 2021 wasn’t feasible given the injury’s typical 12-to-14 month recovery period. GM James Click said that Verlander recently inquired with his doctors about the possibility and was “strongly advised” against attempting a comeback in 2021, as such a quick turnaround would carry “tremendous risk for the efficacy of the surgery.”
Who Should You Keep an Eye Out For to Win the 2021 World Series?
The Chicago White Sox (+600) and New York Yankees (+850) also are very capable of winning the AL. The White Sox are off to their best 129-game start since 2008 when they also were 74-55. Their magic number to clinch the American League Central division title is 27. White Sox pitchers lead the major leagues with 10.29 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, which would be the second-highest mark in MLB history over a full season, trailing only the 2018 Houston Astros (10.44). Somehow, the Pale Hose have never made the playoffs in back-to-back years. That’s going to end.
New York has been the best team in the majors since around the July 4 holiday. The Yanks have not lost back-to-back games since July 22-23 and have lost consecutive games just twice since July 6. They have won each their last nine completed series and 14 of their last 15.
Since July 6, Yankees batters lead the AL and rank fourth in the Majors with a .339 OBP, trailing only Washington (.354), Cincinnati (.342) and Milwaukee (.339). Yankees pitchers have a 3.05 ERA in that span and starting pitchers 2.82. What’s scarier is that New York soon will get back three excellent starting pitchers from long-term injuries in Corey Kluber, Luis Severino and Domingo German.
After starting with MLB’s second-best World Series odds, according to FiveThirtyEight, New York had just a 34 percent chance to make the playoffs on July 26. Currently, the Yanks are up to 94 percent playoff odds and an 8 percent chance to win the Fall Classic, fifth-best in baseball.
Let’s not overlook the Tampa Bay Rays, either. They are on track to finish with the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout. The Rays have 12 series sweeps already, which ties a franchise record set in tie 2018 and 2013 for a club record. The Rays lead the majors with 10 sweeps of 3+ games. Tampa is +500 to win its first World Series.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.