World Series Odds Update – Dodgers Well Out in Front

| October 7, 2021 11:51 am PDT

The Red Sox knocked Gerrit Cole got around on Tuesday evening, easily dispatching the Yankees. Chris Taylor’s walk-off homer in extra innings the following night sent the Cardinals home packing.

That leaves just eight teams left with a shot to win the 2021 Fall Classic.

As the divisional series get underway, here’s an updated look at the World Series odds, as well as some insight into how things might pan out.

2021 World Series Odds

Los Angeles Dodgers+250
Tampa Bay Rays+500
Houston Astros+500
San Francisco Giants+500
Milwaukee Brewers+800
Chicago White Sox+850
Boston Red Sox+900
Atlanta Braves+1200

Those of you planning on firing up this market, make sure you’re shopping lines. BetUS is one of the best sites to bet on baseball but isn’t offering nearly as much upside in this market.

For example, they installed the White Sox at +600 and the Red Sox at +750.

The odds displayed above, reflected from BetOnline, are much more favorable all around.

For those hoping to hop on LA’s coattails and ride the Dodgers to the finish line, their +250-price tag at BetOnline is about the best number you’re going to find.

The Dodgers World Series odds are hovering in the +230 range at tons of other sportsbooks.

Can Anyone Stop the Dodgers?

Expect the MLB to take a hard look at their postseason structure during the offseason. It seems rather criminal that the two teams that won 106 and 107 games, respectively, are forced to match up in the first round.

Especially considering the other NLDS matchup features clubs that won 95 and 88 games, respectively.

San Fran had the best record in baseball and is a substantial underdog (+150) to advance to the NLCS.

In any case, the Giants know they’ll need to be at their best to fend off the defending champs. Even without Kershaw and Muncy on the Dodgers NLDS roster, The Boys in Blue still have arguably the most potent rotation and lineup among all the remaining teams.

Keep in mind, LA was atop the 2021 World Series odds sheet before they executed the blockbuster deal that landed Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in La La Land.

Don’t Sleep on the Red Sox

Boston heads to Tampa with lots of positive vibes. Chris Sale’s locked and loaded, Xander Bogaerts has established a rhythm, and J.D. Martinez will be available.

Upsetting Tampa in a five-game set is a lot easier said than done, but it’s not all that far-fetched.

Sure, the Rays led all American League teams with an impressive +206 run differential (Red Sox finished the regular season +80). However, Tampa only managed to outscore Boston 106-104 during their 19 meetings in 2021.

Tampa went 11-8 in those contests.

The Brewers Are for Real

The Brewers are the only team in the postseason with a sub-$100 million payroll. They’re also the only team in the playoffs that has Corbin Burnes on their roster.

Slated for two starts (if necessary) in the NLDS, Burnes’ utter dominance give Milwaukee a major leg up against the Braves.

Corbin’s presence is the catalyst behind my Braves vs. Brewers game 1 pick, and it’s also the reason I’m giving the Brewers a genuine chance to be the last team standing come Halloween.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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