Last Updated on December 29, 2020

  • The Mets carry the highest percentage of the handle.
  • The White Sox and Dodgers are atop the league in percentage of World Series bets.
  • All data courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

It’ll be a while before we can watch baseball in 2021, but with teams looking to acquire free agents, sports bettors are placing their wagers on who they believe will win the 2021 World Series.

When it comes to both the percentage of bets as well as the handle, it’s not a shock to see teams like the Dodgers and Yankees in the mix due to their recent success. However, the team that possesses the highest percentage of the handle is actually a ballclub that hasn’t made the postseason since 2016 — the New York Mets.

With a new (and very wealthy) owner in Steve Cohen, the Mets have signed James McCann and could eventually ink deals with George Springer, DJ LeMahieu, or Trevor Bauer. They’re on the up-and-up, and many believe they could hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy next October.

2021 World Series Betting Splits
Handle Rank Team Odds % of Handle % of Bets
1 NY Mets +1400 29% 12%
2 CHI White Sox +1300 27% 18%
3 LA Dodgers +400 9% 18%
4 NY Yankees +550 8% 13%
5 ATL Braves +1000 7% 7%
6 SD Padres +1100 6% 8%
7 MIL Brewers +4500 3% 1%
8 BOS Red Sox +5000 2% 3%
9 CHI Cubs +2500 1% 2%
10 WAS Nationals +3500 1% 2%
Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

The White Sox and Dodgers lead the way in percentage of bets placed (18% on DraftKings Sportsbook) and carry better World Series odds than the Mets. The White Sox are +1300 while the Dodgers are favored at +400.

Los Angeles, of course, won the 2020 World Series and possesses a great chance to appear in next year’s Fall Classic. Superstars like Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, and Clayton Kershaw should help carry LA to that destination once again.

The Yankees (+550) are No. 2 in terms of the odds but are fourth in handle percentage and third in percentage of bets. New York has experienced a difficult time getting over the hump in the postseason, having not reached the World Series since it won it all back in 2009. The Yanks have lost in either the American League Division Series or Championship Series in each of the last four seasons.

And finally, the Padres (+1100 to win) are in the mix with 6% of the handle and 8% of the bets. San Diego reached the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2006 but was swept by the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. 2018 Cy Young Award-winner Blake Snell, who the Padres just traded for, will certainly provide the ballclub with a significant boost heading into 2021.

Ryan is an experienced sports writer and editor, who's mainly covered the New York Giants and the NFL for Elite Sports NY.He additionally has his own podcast titled "Wide Right Podcast," which is available on all major platforms.