World Series Odds 2021: Updated Betting Favorites To Win MLB Title
Who will win the World Series? You can bet on just that question at various legal sportsbooks. One of the oldest sports when it comes to betting is baseball, as there have been wagers taken on America’s pastime for over a century.
The most popular futures bet when it comes to MLB and baseball betting is who will win the World Series. All 30 teams receive bets, but certainly some more than others each season as the odds drastically change based on which teams the bettors believe will have the most successful campaigns.
Let’s take a look at the current World Series odds for 2021, odds movement, betting history and more World Series facts.
2021 World Series Odds Timeline
A look at how the World Series odds have moved throughout the 2021 season.
- October 2021 – As the playoffs begin, the Dodgers are World Series favorites at +390, with the Astros at +450.
- September 2021 – Dodgers remained as favorites, but the Giants odds grew as the season came to a close.
- Mid August 2021 – Dodgers odds rise to +290 to win the World Series, Astros to +550.
- Early August 2021 – After the trade deadline, the Dodgers added Trea Turner and Max Scherzer, increasing their odds to +300.
- July 2021 – The Astros pass the White Sox as AL favorites, rising to +650 behind the Dodgers for odds favorite.
- June 2021 – The White Sox World Series odds rose to +650, right behind the Dodgers.
- May 2021 – Dodgers remain as favorites, but the Red Sox and Brewers odds increased after a hot start.
- March 2021 – Throughout spring training, Dodgers end up as World Series favorites.
- February 6th, 2021 – Bauer heads to the Dodgers, World Series odds rise to +350.
- January 30th, 2021 – After Cardinals trade for Nolan Arenado, World Series odds rise to +2200.
- January 21st, 2021 – Blue Jays World Series odds rise after Spriner trade, to +3000.
- January 7th, 2021 – Mets World Series odds rise after Lindor trade.
- December 2020 – Dodgers and Yankees open as World Series favorites.
Odds To Win 2021 World Series
A look at the updated 2021 World Series odds. For full odds, check out DraftKings Sporsbook.
Dodgers acquire Scherzer and Turner, World Series Odds Climb
Just how good are the Dodgers going to get? At the MLB trade deadline, they added Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to an already loaded roster. This caused their World Series odds to rise to +320. While they were already the favorites, this takes it to another level. As of the trade deadline, here were the World Series odds.
- Dodgers (+320)
- Astros (+600)
- White Sox (+750)
- Mets (+850)
BREAKING: The Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire star right-hander Max Scherzer and star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for a massive prospect haul, sources tell ESPN. The blockbuster of blockbusters is going to happen.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
New York Mets World Series Odds Soar
Are the Mets the best baseball team in New York? They are certainly playing like it, and their World Series odds have reflected it. As the All Star break ended, the Mets’ odds rose to +800 to win the MLB title. The only teams with better odds are the Dodgers, Astros, and Padres. With the Mets getting healthier, the offense starting to wake up and pitching on the way, it could be quite the second half of the summer for the Metropolitans.
#PeteAlonso gave us a night to remember!
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 13, 2021
With Pete Alonso winning the HR Derby and Taijuan Walker pitching in the All Star Game, it was a great break for the Mets.
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 13, 2021
Red Sox Odds Climb in July
The Boston Red Sox were not initially set to be even close to a World Series contender, but as the All Star break approaches the Sox are +1000 to win, behind only the Dodgers, Astros, Padres, and White Sox. Will the Red Sox be able to hold on in the second half of the season? With the Yankees struggling, there is a great chance.
Keep an eye on the Red Sox odds, as they will fluctuate given the new spot near the top if they struggle.
Another win out West.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 6, 2021
Public Consensus World Series Betting Splits
The betting public loves to wager on the World Series when it comes to MLB futures, and our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook has provided us with numbers of exactly how much money and total betting tickets are coming in on each of the favorites. Here is a look at the MLB public betting splits for this market.
Betting on the World Series?
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) June 10, 2021
As you can see, the Dodgers’ are leading at +350 but the betting public still loves LA as 16% of the total money is being wagered on the Dodgers and 21% of the tickets. Looking at other teams, the Yankees are right behind the Dodgers with 15% of the betting handle and 13% of the bets, but surprisingly the White Sox have 16% of the betting handle, the same as LA. One thing to note is that some of these numbers are skewed, given that the Yankees, White Sox, and Mets are located in legal sports betting cities and states, so there is some bias. That makes the Dodgers all the more impressive in terms of public consensus, however.
Houston Astros World Series Odds Rise
Not many baseball fans like the Astros, due to the cheating scandal in recent years that may have resulted in a World Series. With that in the past, Houston’s World Series odds have increased in 2021 as they are a very dangerous team, despite missing some key players. The Astros’ odds have risen to +1600 at DraftKings, which is sixth behind just hte Dodgers, White Sox, Padres, Yankees, and Mets.
Luis delivered another strong performance.
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 2, 2021
Houston’s offense has left a lot to be desired, but a young pitching staff has kept them afloat with some terrific performances from Luis Garcia, Cristian Javier, Lance McCullers, and Jose Urquidy. After losing Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton last year, Justin Verlander this year, and many younger arms in the rotation that was a big question mark in Houston.
Not anymore, as the Astros’ staff is primed for a run at the World Series.
Yankees World Series Odds Fall After Slow Start
While the New York Yankees still remain at +650 to win the World Series, their odds have fallen from +550 or better after a slow start to the season.
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— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) April 20, 2021
After a 6-10 start in their first 16 games, not much has gone right for the Yankees in 2021. The lone bright spot on the roster has been Gerrit Cole, whose 1.82 ERA through his first four starts is as advertised. The Yankees were supposed to be one of the best offenses in baseball, but slow starts from Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Aaron Hicks and others has bogged down a talented lineup. Through their first 16 games, the Yankees scored just 58 runs. By comparison, the Red Sox have 100 runs in 18 games on the season.
It is a long season, but the Yankees’ slow start has dropped their World Series futures price.
Padres Odds Rise Despite Fernando Tatis Injury
While the Padres certainly dodged a bullet of Tatis being out for the season, they will miss him for some time. Despite this, their odds increased from +900 to +800 to win the World Series. The Padres’ excellent depth and starting pitching will keep them as a World Series contender, which makes them very dangerous when Tatis returns. His injury certainly could have been worse, but reports are he is already swining the bat.
Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Odds Skyrocket after Trevor Bauer Signing
The rich get richer, that is for sure. The prized offseason acquisition in 2020-2021 was going to be Trevor Bauer, and he has chosen the Dodgers to be his next team. The Dodgers were already favorites, but now they are +350 to win the World Series. Pre-season and even pre spring training, that number is incredibly high. With that starting lineup and now the best rotation in baseball, is there any doubt the Dodgers are the clear favorites? Not to DraftKings Sportsbook, that’s for sure.
New York Mets World Series Odds Rise After Lindor Trade
#Mets World Series Odds move from 16-1 to 12-1 on Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco news.
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) January 7, 2021
The New York Mets shocked the baseball world and acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland, and their World Series odds increased right away. They are now +1200 to win the World Series, up from +1600. The Mets undoubtedly have one of the best lineups in the National League, the key will just be their ability to stay healthy, from pitchers to hitters. Are the Mets done? It’s unlikely, and rumors are that Trevor Bauer could sign there as well, which would increase the Mets’ World Series odds again.
Dodgers World Series odds rise slightly after Winter Meetings
World Series Odds Update
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) December 16, 2020
In mid-December, the Yankees odds on DraftKings Sportsbook rose from +425 to +400. Not a huge shift, but an odds shift nevertheless. The Yankees stayed at +550, and the rest are +1000 or lower.
Dodgers and Yankees World Series odds shift after initial betting
Betting on the 2021 World Series futures?
A look at the latest odds from @DKSportsbook:
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) November 11, 2020
After the 2020 World Series, the futures market for the 2021 World Series opened with the Dodgers being +480 and the Yankees at +525. The odds have shifted after initial betting, as the Dodgers improved to +425 and the Yankees fell slightly to +550. While this move wasn’t massively significant, it shows that some early money likely came in on the Dodgers to repeat.
Dodgers favored to win 2021 World Series after 2020 victory
With the conclusion of the 2020 MLB season, the futures market for the 2021 World Series is already open.
The top 5 teams in terms of odds to win are:
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) October 28, 2020
After the Dodgers won the 2020 World Series, the 2021 futures market became the most popular wager for baseball bettors. The Dodgers top the charts given they will return most of their roster, and they sit at +480. The Yankees are at +525, and the Braves, Rays, and Padres are all at 10:1 or worse. For full odds, check out DraftKings Sportsbook.
World Series Betting History
Let’s take a look at the World Series betting history.
Top 5 World Series Upsets
A recap of five of the biggest upsets in World Series history.
2003 – Marlins Defeat Mighty Yankees
The (then Florida) Marlins had just a $54M payroll compared to the Yankees’ $164M payroll, which makes this a massive upset in every sense of the word. The storyline of the Marlins’ season was incredible, as they hired Jack McKeon in the middle of the season as manager, and went on an incredible run behind the arm of Josh Beckett and leadership of Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
1969 – Miracle Mets of 1969
The title “Miracle Mets” should explain everything. The Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles who had won 109 games. The Mets certainly had a great pitching staff led by Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, but in 1969 there was no way the Baltimore Orioles were losing to the Mets.
1988 – “I Don’t Believe What I Just Saw”
Kirk Gibson’s heroics changed Dodgers history forever, but that was just one fact of that World Series. The Athletics had a near-perfect baseball club, and the Dodgers just somehow scraped together wins throughout the playoffs. The real story was Orel Hershiser’s incredible run in the postseason that led the Dodgers to a World Series victory.
1990 – Reds Take Down the Favored Athletics
Ever heard of Billy Hatcher? He hit .750 in the 1990 World Series and Jose Rijo allowed just one earned run in over 15 innings of work to defeat the Athletics, who were filled with talent from top to bottom. Not only was it an upset, the Reds swept the A’s in four games.
1960 – The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series. The moment does not get any better, and it was a massive upset for the Pirates over the historic Yankees. In a seven-game series, the Yankees scored 28 more runs than the Pirates, but the last four were the only ones that mattered as the Yankees dropped Game 7 to the Pirates in a massive upset.
World Series Champions By Year
A look at each World Series champion in the last 20 years.
|Year||World Series Champion||Runner Up|
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers||Tampa Bay Rays|
|2019||Washington Nationals||Houston Astros|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2017||Houston Astros||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2016||Chicago Cubs||Cleveland Indians|
|2015||Kansas City Royals||New York Mets|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||Kansas City Royals|
|2013||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2012||San Francisco Giants||Detroit Tigers|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals||Texas Rangers|
|2010||San Francisco Giants||Texas Rangers|
|2009||New York Yankees||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2008||Philadelphia Phillies||Tampa Bay Rays|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||Colorado Rockies|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals||Detroit Tigers|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||Houston Astros|
|2004||Boston Red Sox||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2003||Florida Marlins||New York Yankees|
|2002||Anaheim Angels||San Francisco Giants|
|2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||New York Yankees|
|2000||New York Yankees||New York Mets|
World Series MVP By Year
A look at each World Series MVP for the last 20 years.
|Year||World Series Champion||World Series MVP|
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers||Corey Seager|
|2019||Washington Nationals||Stephen Strasburg|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||Steve Pearce|
|2017||Houston Astros||George Springer|
|2016||Chicago Cubs||Ben Zobrist|
|2015||Kansas City Royals||Salvador Perez|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||Madison Bumgarner|
|2013||Boston Red Sox||David Ortiz|
|2012||San Francisco Giants||Pablo Sandoval|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals||David Freese|
|2010||San Francisco Giants||Edgar Renteria|
|2009||New York Yankees||Hideki Matsui|
|2008||Philadelphia Phillies||Cole Hamels|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||Mike Lowell|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals||David Eckstein|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||Jermaine Dye|
|2004||Boston Red Sox||Manny Ramirez|
|2003||Florida Marlins||Josh Beckett|
|2002||Anaheim Angels||Troy Glaus|
|2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||Curt Schilling/Randy Johnson|
|2000||New York Yankees||Derek Jeter|
All Time World Series Stats
Most Home Runs in a Single World Series
A list of the players with the most home runs in one World Series.
|World Series Year||Player||Home Runs|
Most Home Runs in a World Series Career
A list of the players with the most career home runs in the World Series.
|Player||Career World Series Home Runs|
Most Strikeouts in a Single World Series
A list of the players with the most strikeouts in one World Series.
|World Series Year||Player||Career World Series Strikeouts|
2021 World Series Frequently Asked Questions
When will the 2021 World Series be?
The 2021 World Series will be played at the conclusion of the 2021 MLB season. There is no plans for it to be delayed in 2021.
Where is the World Series played?
The World Series is played in each of the two home ballparks of the two teams in the series.
Who is home in the World Series?
Traditionally, the home team in the World Series was decided by the winner of the All Star game. Now, it is decided by the record of the two teams in the World Series.
How many games are in the World Series?
The World Series is the best of a seven-game series. This means that whoever wins four games first, wins the World Series. It can be from four to seven games long.
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