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2021 World Series Contender Odds Following the Trade Deadline

| August 10, 2021 10:49 am PDT

The MLB Trade Deadline is a crucial point in every season. This year was no different with tons of impactful trades.

Teams must decide if they want to flip their players in favor of younger ones or better ones. That gave way to some MLB teams boosting their 2021 World Series odds, and others setting themselves up for failure.

With the 2021 World Series just around the corner, it could make sense to take a look at the shape of some of the top contenders.

Here’s a 2021 World Series betting update, complete with odds and analysis for the top title contenders.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+300)

The Dodgers emptied out a lot of their prospects and acquired great players at the deadline.

Needless to say, they are without a doubt the top favorite at the best MLB betting sites.

Headlining their acquisitions are SP Max Scherzer and SS Trea Turner. The big trade with the Nationals comes at a price of the Dodgers top two prospects, as well as two more top 30 prospects.

The Dodgers have had to deal with Trevor Bauer being placed on the administrative list, but that didn’t stop them from being one of the biggest winners at the 2021 MLB trade deadline.

They already had the highest payroll in all of baseball, and now they took on Trea Turner’s $13 million and Max Scherzer’s $34+ million from the Nationals.

Adding these two superstars gives “the rich get richer” new life.

They also traded for Royals starting pitcher, Danny Duffy. Duffy’s contract is another $15.5 million in 2021.

The Dodgers added outfield depth from the Mets. Billy McKinney was acquired for prospect outfielder Carlos Rincon and cash.

The Dodgers have been World Series favorites from the start of the 2021 MLB season.

The 2020 Champions are poised for a repeat season behind their new players and their current roster is full of superstars.

Just look at how loaded this team is.

  • OF Mookie Betts
  • 3B Justin Turner
  • 1B Max Muncy
  • C Will Smith
  • 2B/OF Chris Taylor
  • SS Corey Seager
  • 2B/SS Trea Turner
  • OF A.J Pollock
  • OF Cody Bellinger

And that doesn’t even touch on their absurd pitching, which is now anchored by an insane duo of Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

This lineup will be absolutely dangerous for the rest of the season and for the postseason. If you want to beat the Dodgers, you are going to have to beat them with amazing pitching as well as hitting.

Houston Astros (+460)

Led by their offense, the Houston Astros are making another run for it in 2021. Their collective wRC+ of 119 is the best in the league as is their .266 batting average and .340 on-base percentage.

At the 2021 MLB trade deadline, they addressed their biggest weakness – their bullpen. They added the following serviceable arms.

  • Kendall Graveman
  • Rafael Montero
  • Yimi Garcia
  • Phil Maton

These guys add to the bullpen and now have a World Series ready team.

Many people thought the Astros needed more starters at the deadline, but their starters have a collective ERA of 3.57, which is sixth lowest in the MLB. Zack Grienke, Lance McCullers Jr., Luis Garcia, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez, Christian Javier, and Jake Odorizzi have been pitching really great for the Astros.

Their best in the league offense features 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa, 1B Yuli Gurriel, 3B Alex Bregman (nearing return from injury), OF Michael Brantley, OF Kyle Tucker, and DH Yordan Alvarez.

They have a potent offense and could stay at the top of the league for the rest of the season.

The Astros were already playing great, but the additions to their bullpen are exactly what they needed to become a huge threat to win the World Series in 2021.

Chicago White Sox (+600)

The White Sox made a couple of trades with their crosstown rivals, acquiring bullpen pieces Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera.

Kimbrel has been back to his usual dominant form and will battle for saves with Liam Hendricks. Kimbrel has a miniscule ERA of 0.47 and will be pitching those intense late inning moments in the postseason for the White Sox.

Ryan Tepera has also been respectable from the bullpen with an ERA of 3.00. Their team ERA is 7th best in the MLB at 3.66 and that could lower with their new bullpen pieces.

The White Sox have been the fourth best team in terms of wRC+ (108) and have a capable offense that can score runs in the postseason.

The offense is run by 3B Yoan Moncada, SS Tim Anderson, 1B Jose Abreu, C Yasmani Grandal, and OF Andrew Vaughn.

They are locks to win their division and make for interesting competitors this postseason.

San Francisco Giants (+1000)

The Giants landed the biggest name in the trade market at the deadline. Kris Bryant is a great fit for the Giants and they are gearing up for a run at the World Series. They also added former Giant Tony Watson from the Angels.

San Francisco has the third best team ERA in the majors (3.36), being third in starters ERA and relievers ERA.

Their pitchers have been incredible this year including. It’s an unlikely crop, but in terms of usefulness, it’s actually a loaded bunch.

Here are the guys they’ll be going to war with in the 2021 MLB playoffs.

  • Kevin Gausman
  • Anthony DeSclafani
  • Johnny Cueto
  • Logan Webb
  • Alex Wood

Jake McGee, Trevor Rogers, Jose Alvarez, Aaron Sanchez, and Jarlin Garcia round out a pretty stellar rotation.

Their offense ranks fifth best in the league in terms of wRC+ and could be even better with Bryant now in the lineup. Outside of KB, the offense has C Buster Posey, SS Brandon Crawford, 1B Brandon Belt, 3B Evan Longoria, OF Mike Yastrzemski.

They don’t have as much firepower as their division rival Dodgers do, but they have shown that they can hang with them, by being in first place for most of the year.

Tampa Bay Rays (+1100)

The Rays are looking to get revenge on the Dodgers, or any other team in the 2021 World Series.

After falling short in 2020, they are gearing up to make another run at it.

They were busy at the deadline as usual. In total, they acquired the following.

  • OF Jordan Luplow
  • RHP D.J Johnson
  • RHP Shawn Armstrong
  • RHP J.T Chargois
  • 3B Austin Shelton
  • RHP Tommy Hunter
  • C Matt Dyer
  • RHP Calvin Faucher
  • DH Nelson Cruz

They are 9th best in the league in terms of wRC+ at 103 and could be even better with Cruz and Luplow. To see the impact of that trade involving the former Twins slugger, check out this Nelson Cruz trade breakdown.

Luplow is also a great fit for the Rays. The Rays love to use splits and give them favorable matchups. Luplow gives them that advantage against left-handed pitching. Of his 30 career home runs, 21 of them came against lefties. He also hits better for average against lefties (.251) than righties (.195). Look for Luplow to make his impact against lefties.

The Rays batters now have Nelson Cruz, Brandon Lowe, Mike Zunino, Randy Arozarena, Joey Wendle, Austin Meadows, Yandy Diaz, Ji-Man Choi, Manuel Margot, Kevin Kiermaier, and the MLB’s best prospect, Wander Franco.

Tampa Bay’s batting lineup has tons of flexibility and will exploit pitchers who struggle against opposite hand batting.

If the Rays know how to do anything, it’s pitch. They lost their ace, Tyler Glasnow, but they still are top six in team ERA (3.56).Besides Glasnow, some other pitchers that have pitched well for them include Collin McHugh, Shane McClanahan, Andrew Kittredge, Josh Fleming, Ryan Thompson, and Ryan Yarbrough.

The Rays are also known for finding a diamond in the rough through trades, so their new acquisitions could prove to be worth it in the later part of the postseason.

New York Yankees (+2300)

An interesting team to bet on for the World Series is the Yankees. A few weeks ago, it looked like the Yankees were in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Now they have a way better team after the 2021 MLB trade deadline.

Their biggest offensive additions include first baseman Anthony Rizzo and OF Joey Gallo. The two big lefties will fit right into the offense with the two big righties, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. These four players could be very dangerous for the rest of the season.

Their offense currently ranks 13th best in terms of wRC+ but with the addition of Gallo and Rizzo, that should reach even higher.

The Yankees bullpen ranks 11th in ERA, while their starters rank ninth. Their team ERA is also 11th overall at 3.76. Their closer has been one of the best in the business in recent years. Aroldis Chapman has an ERA of 3.72, but remains one of the best to slam the door in the ninth inning.

Their starting rotation has dealt with injuries to the following big names.

  • Luis Severino
  • Corey Kluber
  • Jordan Montgomery
  • Domingo German
  • Gerrit Cole

Due to all their injuries, they made a trade for Angels starter, Andrew Heaney. They also added RHP Clay Holmes from the Pirates.

The Yankees have firepower at every position and the only thing holding them back right now is injuries. If they can get healthy quick, the Yankees can make for a great dark horse pick for the World Series.

Betting on the 2021 World Series

These are the top 2021 World Series contenders following the MLB trade deadline. Some have better odds than others, and some may not even be great bets to win it all.

Based on their talent, recent moves, and pricing, however, these are the teams to start with when betting on the World Series in 2021.

Lots of big names were moved to different areas and it will be weird to see them in different colors, but this is the modern MLB.

More and more teams are seeing the value in trades and we saw a lot of them this year.

These teams revamped their rosters at the deadline and now they are legit contenders for the World Series in 2021.

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Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for GamblingSites.com covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

His favorite teams are the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks. He also will be a temporary fan of any team if it means winning him bets.

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