World Series 2021 Predictions, Odds and Picks
Yes, baseball is back and while it’s all fun and games now in the spring, things get very serious, very quickly, once April rolls around. 2020 was a bad year in a lot of ways and what it did to sports was one of them. A 60-game baseball season isn’t truly a baseball season. it was better than nothing, but that’s about it.
So while there will be fewer fans in the stands, limited access to players, and still the lingering worry that Covid-19 could delay games or the season entirely — we’re ready to get this thing back to close to normal.
So, with that said, who is going to hoist the commissioner’s trophy in October? First, we will give you the odds for every team and then we talk about five teams to think about supporting.
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2021 World Series Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on July 21, 2021.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+380 |
|Houston Astros||+625 |
|San Diego Padres||+800 |
|Chicago White Sox||+800 |
|New York Mets||+800 |
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1500 |
|Oakland Athletics||+1500 |
|New York Yankees||+1600 |
|Boston Red Sox||+1600 |
|Milwaukee Brewers||+1600 |
|San Francisco Giants||+1800 |
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2500 |
|Chicago Cubs||+3300 |
|Atlanta Braves||+4000 |
|St. Louis Cardinals||+5000 |
|Cleveland Indians||+5000 |
|Cincinnati Reds||+5000 |
|Philadelphia Phillies||+6600 |
|Miami Marlins||+20000 |
|Seattle Mariners||+30000 |
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+50000 |
|Baltimore Orioles||+50000 |
|Texas Rangers||+100000 |
|Colorado Rockies||+100000 |
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+100000 |
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Los Angeles Dodgers
The defending 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are the clear favorite entering 2021. That’s going to happen when you add the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner to what was already one of the top three rotations in all of baseball.
Now it’s the best rotation and it’s not particularly close. Their lineup still boasts potentially three NL MVP’s and 1-8 is as deep as any on either side of the league. It’s pretty simple, this is the team with the most talent and they just won the championship — so they’re a common pick to do it again. At +350, there’s not a lot of incentive to grab this now — I’d wait until mid-summer to make sure there are no injuries because even at that point the odds won’t drop much.
New York Yankees
Then, there are the Yankees. New York was eliminated by their divisional foe, Tampa Bay, in the 2020 ALDS but for the second straight year is the favorite to come out of the American League. They re-signed their veteran second baseman DJ LeMahieu as the biggest move of their offseason. Trading stud reliever Adam Ottovino to the Red Sox was a surprise, but it kept GM Brian Cashman’s roster under the luxury tax, so that was probably the incentive for that one.
They also added veteran relievers Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson to a bullpen that features Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green. Their success will come down to the starting rotation. They lost Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and James Paxton to free agency, and other than Gerrit Cole — a Cy Young favorite — their rotation is high risk/high reward. They signed former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, but he has to prove he can get back to his old ways. Then there’s Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon, and Deivi García — names with potential, but a lot of youth that needs to prove it can handle 160+ major league innings.
Still, a small bet might be worthwhile on the Bronx Bombers, who figure to have a top-two lineup in the American League.
Chicago White Sox
There’s a lot of money going on in Chicago right now and it’s not hard to see why. The lineup can absolutely mash Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, and so on. They also added Lance Lynn in the offseason, Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter last year, Dallas Keuchel is a perfect veteran leader and a lefty arm they need, and Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech (who opted out of 2020) are extremely bright, talented young arms that have No. 1 or No. 2 in the rotation stuff but will pitch out of the back end of the rotation.
This is the most talented White Sox roster since their World Series team in 2005 — now can new manager Tony LaRussa get the most out of them? I expect them to win the AL Central, so they should have as good a chance as anybody going into October.
San Diego Padres
Another trendy team, but one we can’t avoid talking about. Nobody in the entire league made as clear of a “we want to win right now” statement as the Padres. They added two bonafide studs in the rotation in former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell and 2020 Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish.
They also added Joe Musgrove, who was solid in Pittsburgh last year. They inked the new face of baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. to a deal that feels like it’s 50 years long and they have a bash brother for him to do damage with in the middle of the lineup in Manny Machado. “Slam Diego” might be the most enjoyable team to watch this year and they have the talent to back it up — I would jump on the Padres right now.
Toronto Blue Jays
We have to look for a few long shots here — it’s no fun to just talk about the best teams — so let’s look at Toronto. They signed George Springer in the offseason as a leader and got Marcus Semien from the Athletics (how the A’s let him walk is beyond me, but that’s another story). They have a stud young roster with Vladimir Gurrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Bigigio and Teoscar Hernandez.
The question mark is the starting rotation — headlined by Hyun Jin Ryu and new acquisition Robbie Ray and bolstered by Tanner Roark, Steven Matz and Nate Pearson. The Blue Jays will likely have to grab a wild card spot if they are to make the playoffs because the Yankees are the class of the East and the Rays, also in the division, just went to the World Series. But at 22:1, I like my chances with the Blue Jays.
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Who Won the 2020 World Series?
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win the 2020 World Series. Here are the last 10 World Series winners
|Year||World Series Winner|
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2018||Boston Red Sox|
|2015||Kansas City Royals|
|2014||San Francisco Giants|
|2013||Boston Red Sox|
|2012||San Francisco Giants|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2010||San Francisco Giants|
Which MLB Teams Have Never Won a World Series?
There are six organizations that have never hoisted the Commissioners Trophy.
Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers.
Which MLB Team Has Won the Most World Series?
The New York Yankees lead the way with 27 World Series titles.
These are the rest of the teams who have won at least three championships.
St. Louis Cardinals (11), Boston Red Sox (9), Oakland Athletics (9), San Francisco Giants (8), Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers (7), Pittsburgh Pirates (5), Cincinnati Reds (5), Detroit Tigers (4), Chicago White Sox (3), Minnesota Twins/Senators (3), Baltimore Orioles (3), Atlanta Braves (3) and Chicago Cubs (3).
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.