MLB: An Early Look at the 2021 World Series Favorites
The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Corey Seager was named the World Series MVP. He was also the NLCS MVP against the Atlanta Braves. Are the Los Angeles Dodgers going to be favorites to win the 2021 World Series as well?
Welp, before we can get into that, we should have had a Game 7 of the World Series if manager Kevin Cash didn’t pull Blake Snell in the sixth inning. He was dealing and cruising and Tampa Bay was leading 1-0 at the time though.
Los Angeles scored two runs after that and the Rays were flat and mentally flustered after that. No one wins on guts anymore and analytics has ruined baseball.
According to sportsbettingdime.com, here are the 2021 World Series Odds:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to repeat next season at +500.
The New York Yankees have the second-best odds to win it all next season at +600.
The Atlanta Braves have a +1200 odds to win it all next season.
The Chicago White Sox and the San Diego Padres are up and coming teams that have +1100 odds to win it all next season.
The Tampa Bay Rays have +1400 odds to win it all next season, but it will be tough for them to get back there with having no true superstars on the roster though. Randy Arozarena had 10 postseason home runs, which is a record though.
The Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland Athletics have +1600 odds to win it all next season. Cincinnati is a team that is on the rise though.
The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins have +2000 odds to win it all next season.
The Chicago Cubs, the Houston Astros, and the New York Mets have +2500 odds to win it all next season. Chicago and New York have a chance to go up and Houston has a chance to slip.
The Mets will have new ownership with Steve Cohen and he is expected to spend big-time bucks and he will take over for The Wilpon’s.
The Astros will most likely be losing outfielder George Springer in the offseason via free agency though.
The Philadelphia Phillies, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Nationals, and the Los Angeles Angels have +3000 odds to win it all next season. All of these teams could move either up or down depending on what happens in the offseason though.
The Boston Red Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Toronto Blue Jays are at +4000 odds to win the World Series next season. Boston should be way lower on this list unless they sign marquee free agents or sign top-notch starting pitchers in the offseason by General Manager Chaim Bloom though.
Milwaukee may drop and Toronto is a team on the rise though.
The Detroit Tigers and the Miami Marlins odds are at +5000.
Detroit is still a ways away from being good unless their farm system and starting pitcher Casey Mize get their stuff together.
Miami will be back in its rebuild ways next season in a 162-game season, unlike a shortened 60-game season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Baltimore Orioles, the Kansas City Royals, and the San Francisco Giants are at +6000 odds to win the 2021 World Series. This is in the right ballpark for all of these teams though. Arizona may move up a little bit but other than that, that’s about it though.
The Colorado Rockies are at +7000 odds to win it all next season. Colorado could deal third baseman Nolan Arenado in the offseason though. They would be in full rebuild mode if they decided to do that though.
The Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers are at +8000 odds to win it all next season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are at +10000 odds to win it all next season. This maybe the worst team in baseball again during the 2021 season. Pittsburgh will have the number one overall pick in the MLB 2021 Draft and they could very well have it again in the 2022 MLB Draft and this is a baseball team that is rebuilding though.
Justin Turner also tested positive for the coronavirus and left the game in the eighth inning, but he celebrated with his teammates after the game was over though.
The MLB Postseason is the heartbeat of the MLB Season. It is more intense than it is when the regular season is being played.
We will see what happens heading into 2021 and with the offseason now upon us. My five favorites to win it all next season in no particular order is the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the Oakland Athletics though.
Who do you think are some of the favorites to win it all next season in the MLB? Leave a comment below.
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