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Breaking Down the 2021 World Series Odds

It may only be November, but it is never too early to jump into some of the 2021 World Series odds. MLB is just starting off their offseason with the hot stove, and there have already been some movers and shakers. However, that did not stop Bet MGM to release their 2021 odds. Who are the favorites? Who is too low? Who is too high?

The 2021 World Series Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)

It was pretty obvious that the Dodgers were going to be the odds-on favorite coming into the offseason. Los Angeles won the 2020 World Series and is looking to reload heading into the 2021 offseason. The smart money would be with the Dodgers, as they will not only be gaining more experience but also getting David Price back into an already stacked rotation. If they add any more arms into the bullpen, L.A. will be an even heavier favorite.

New York Yankees (+600)

Health. That is the most important word for this upcoming Yankees" season. Even with the possibility of losing D.J. Lemahieu, the Bronx Bombers will still have a solid chance of reaching the fall classic. If the starting rotation can get healthy, and stay healthy, the Yankees have a very solid chance to win the 2021 World Series. Add in the fact that they will be willing to add free agents to bolster the pen and defense, and you get a smart bet with the bombers.

Atlanta Braves (+1000)

Personally, this is my ‘favorite" team heading into the 2021 MLB season. An already solid staff regains Mike Soroka, adds in Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly. The pitching staff will have depth and experience, two skills that are necessary for a World Series run. Add in one of the best bullpens in MLB, and the staff will be ready to make a run at the 2021 World Series.

With what should be a dominant staff, and a young offensive core led by the MVP, Freddie Freeman, the Braves may be a force. The emergence of Marcell Ozuna will make him tough to retain, as many teams are clamoring for his powerful right-handed bat, but if Atlanta is able to re-sign him, betting on the Braves may yield success.

The World Series Odds are Too High

Chicago White Sox (+1000)

Michael Kopech will be returning to an exciting White Sox team next year, but that does not push the bill for the South-Siders. The hiring of Tony La Russa is questionable, to say the least. It is safe to assume a dip for southpaw Dallas Keuchel next year as well, as the advanced statistics show Keuchel"s masterful 2020 season was not as dominant as once presumed.

The White Sox are youthful with very talented players such as Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Yoan Moncada, but betting on the lineup to click as much as it did this year is a gamble. Too much of a gamble, if you ask me.

Tampa Bay Rays (+1200)

Not only have the Rays already lost star right-hander Charlie Morton, but trade rumors are starting to swirl around former Cy Young award winner, Blake Snell. The staff may be analytically driven, but losing two aces, will diminish any team"s World Series chances.

The lineup is not a championship-level line-up, and they will be facing off with dominant AL East teams like the Yankees and Blue Jays. Over the span of 162 games, it will be hard to bet on this team to take home the World Series, especially with reports released today that Randy Arozarena has been arrested in Mexico.

Cleveland Indians (+2500)

Shane Bieber can only take you so far. Additionally, the Indians have been open to trade anyone on their roster. Sure, they have young talent spread throughout their lineup, but trading stars will not lead you to the promised land. Just ask the Boston Red Sox…

The World Series Odds are Too Low

New York Mets (+1800)

Led by one of the best starting pitchers in our time, the Mets staff will only improve next year. Noah Syndergaard will return, and with new owner Steve Cohen, the Mets will be willing to spend on some high-level talent such as Trevor Bauer. Close your eyes and picture this, a 1-2-3 of Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, and Noah Syndergaard.

Additionally, the offense started to emerge near the end of the 2020 season, and the team has been in the Francisco Lindor trade rumors. The addition of Lindor along with signing one of either George Springer or J.T. Realmuto, two free agents that the Mets have been linked to, and the Mets all of a sudden have a top-five line-up in MLB.

It may be a bit of a risk due to the timing, but getting on the Mets now may prove worthwhile, because if the Mets have the offseason many expect them to have, +1800 will be the best odds that you can bet on the Mets.

Toronto Blue Jays (+4000)

This may be the biggest gamble on the board, however, the Blue Jays have a lot of young talent and are willing to spend this offseason.

So if you want to get crazy, much like betting on the Mets, betting on the Blue Jays right now may be the best odds you can. Odds of +4000 for a team with a very high ceiling and one that is willing to spend can be a very fun gamble.

The Best of the Worst

Miami Marlins (+8000)

+8000 are absurdly high odds for a team that made the second round of the MLB playoffs in 2020. Sure, the team may not be the best on paper. But the young talent on the pitching staff and an offense that is one of the more underrated in MLB makes for one of the most interesting bets on the board. Add in that the Marlins could make a splash (no pun intended) this offseason, +8000 is way too low for Miami to take home the World Series.

The Best Bet for the 2021 World Series Winner

Braves @ (+1000)

I mentioned why previously, but there is simply too much talent and depth out in Atlanta.

It may only be Thanksgiving, but we as baseball fans have to be thankful for these odds came out! They give us some very interesting discussions as we race into the offseason!


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