Dodgers Open as 2021 World Series Favorites; Yankees, Padres Follow

  • After winning the 2020 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers have opened as the favorite to win the 2021 World Series
  • The New York Yankees and San Diego Padres own the second and third-best odds, respectively, and join L.A. as the only clubs sporting triple-digit odds
  • Marlins, Tigers among long-shots to make a jump

The 2020 Major League Baseball season is in the books as the Los Angeles Dodgers took down the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 2020 World Series on Tuesday night with a 3-1 Game 6 win that featured its fair share of controversy.

While the baseball world debates – and largely criticizes – Kevin Cash’s early hook on a dominating Blake Snell, let’s look into the future.

Shortly after Julio Urias punched out Willy Adames to end the 2020 Fall Classic, sportsbooks across North America began releasing odds for the 2021 World Series, and a familiar club remains atop the list, as they did prior to the 2020 campaign.

Dodgers Open as 2021 World Series Favorites

As they were to open the 2020 MLB season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are once again favorites to win the 2021 World Series at +450, as per BetOnline.

Although some books had the Dodgers and Yankees as co-favorites headed into 2020, some spring training injuries combined with Tommy John surgery for starter Luis Severino tilted the odds in the Dodgers’ favor nearly across the board, not to mention the blockbuster trade to acquire Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox with the latter opting out of the 2020 season.

The Dodgers cruised through the 2020 regular season and largely the postseason until an NLCS matchup with the Braves.

They became the seventh team in 26 Wild Card era World Series’ to win it all after posting the league’s best regular-season record. The Dodgers went 43-17 in the truncated 2020 campaign before making quick work of the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game Wild Card round sweep.

They took on the upstart San Diego Padres in the NLDS, but managed to sweep that series to punch their ticket to the NLCS with the Braves.

Atlanta stunned the baseball world by taking a 3-1 series lead and putting the regular-season champs on the brink, but the Dodgers rattled off three consecutive wins to advance to the World Series for the third time in four seasons.

The Dodgers and Rays traded wins in the series’ first four games, but Los Angeles would take Games 5 and 6 to win their first World Series since 1988.

The Dodgers’ ALCS and World Series opponents sit side-by-side in their 2021 World Series odds with the Rays at +1000 and the Braves at +1200 to win next year’s Fall Classic.

The top 12 odds to win the 2021 World Series all qualified for the expanded 2020 postseason. The best odds of a non-qualifying team goes to the Mets and Nationals at +3300.

Yankees, Padres Next in Line

It was a disappointing result for the Yankees this season, both in the regular season and playoffs. The Rays sailed to an AL East crown over the heavily favored Yankees as their AL-best 40-20 record finished seven games ahead of the Bombers’ 33-27 mark.

The Rays not only got the best of their heated division rivals in the regular season, but also in the ALDS where Mike Brosseau launched an eighth-inning home run off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in Game 5 that sent to the Rays to an ALCS matchup with the Astros in which they also went the distance, winning that one in Game 7.

The Yankees opened at +650 to sport the second-best odds to win the 2021 World Series

The upstart San Diego Padres surprised much of the baseball community with a power/speed combination that was the best in the game. San Diego led the league with 55 regular-season stolen bases while their 95 home runs checked in at fourth. They were handled by the Dodgers in the NLDS, but the sportsbooks are giving them a real shot to win the 2021 World Series at +800 odds.

The Padres’ jump from 2020 to 2021 is a significant one as they hung around +4000 odds to win the 2020 World Series prior to the season.

Marlins, Tigers Makes Jumps As Long-Shots

The Miami Marlins took advantage of the shortened 2020 season and marched their way to a second-place finish in the NL East behind only the Braves, but also upsetting the Mets, Phillies and Nationals – all of whom were viewed as postseason contenders.

Not only did Miami make it to the dance, they swept the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card round on the back of a pitching staff that allowed just one run across the two games. The Marlins’ rotation is youthful and loaded with upside and finished 14th with a 4.31 ERA in 2020.

Needless to say, the Marlins put the rest of the league on notice as that staff could very well do some serious damage that could lead to another postseason berth in 2021 as they sit at +6000 to win the 2021 World Series as opposed to odds that hung around +15000 prior to the 2020 season.

While they slipped to a last-place finish in a difficult AL Central in 2020, the Detroit Tigers hung around the Wild Card race for much of the season before injuries decimated their starting lineup. Armed with an impressive stable of young pitching prospects – including Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal who both debuted in 2020 – along with a pair of high-end, top-five picks in Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene – both who could debut in 2021 – and the Tigers could be in business moving forward.

They’ll need to continue to add productive veterans to compliment the young talent as they did with the likes of C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop last season, but the Tigers have made a jump from about +20000 prior to the 2020 season to +8000 this time around.

Rather than the Tigers and Marlins near the bottom, the bottom-tier odds belong to the Pittsburgh Pirates at +30000 followed by the Seattle Mariners at +20000 and Kansas City Royals at +15000.

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