2021 World Series Odds: Dodgers Favored To Repeat as Season Begins
The most popular futures bet when it comes to MLB and baseball betting is who will win the World Series. All 30 teams will 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. With the 2020 World Series being the end of a shortened season, the odds were a very different beast. Looking at the 2021 season, it should be a much more “normal” season with the occasional postponed game.
Let’s take a look at the current World Series odds for 2021, odds movement, betting history and more World Series facts.
Odds To Win 2021 World Series
A look at the updated 2021 World Series odds. For full odds, check out DraftKings Sporsbook.
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.
2020 World Series Odds, News, and History
Looking for a recap for the 2020 season? Let’s take a look.
Dodgers World Series odds move to -455 after Game 1 Victory
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) October 21, 2020
After a convincing Game 1 win from Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, the series price for the National League representative has soared to -455 while the Rays have fallen to +330. As we have seen during this MLB playoffs, a lot can happen over the course of a series. With that said, if the Dodgers win the second game the prices will skyrocket.
Los Angeles Dodgers -200 as World Series begins vs. Rays
Consensus World Series price: Rays (+165) vs. Dodgers (-195).
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) October 19, 2020
As the 2020 World Series is set to begin, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the heavy favorite at nearly -200. Of course, the Dodgers came back from an Atlanta lead in the series and won in seven games after a Cody Bellinger homerun. They will meet a Rays team in a “David vs. Goliath” matchup in the 2020 Fall Classic. Props for the series, alternate series bets, and more are available at DraftKings Sportsbook. Here are some World Series betting markets to wager on:
- Series Lines
- Alt Series Lines
- Dodgers in 6
- Dodgers in 5
- Braves in 6
- Game Props
- and more
Rays take 3-0 lead, become World Series favorites
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) October 14, 2020
Could we see a Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves World Series? After both teams take leads in their series, with the Rays up 3-0, it seems likely. The Dodgers are down 2-0 to Atlanta, despite nearly coming back from a large deficit in game two. Both series play on Wednesday, October 14th and the Rays could finish the sweep. On the other side, the Dodgers will either make this a series or go down 3-0 themselves.
As MLB Playoffs Begin, Dodgers Favored to win World Series
The Dodgers are +350 to win the World Series on @DKSportsbook.
They’ve held as the favorite all year, will they win the #WorldSeries ?
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) September 23, 2020
The Dodgers have been the team to beat during the entire MLB regular season, and were the leaders before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season. Will the Dodgers lead wire-to-wire? Time will tell, but as the regular season comes to a close the Dodgers are the leader at DK Sportsbook at +350 to win the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees are just behind them at +600 and +650, respectfully.
Dodgers are World Series favorites after Trade Deadline
Following Monday's trade deadline, the Dodgers are the World Series favorite (+350) pic.twitter.com/tz3MUlLyXF
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) September 2, 2020
On DraftKings Sportsbook, the MLB World Series odds have shifted after the MLB trade deadline. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still on top at +350 to win the World Series, with the New York Yankees at +450 to follow. Surprisingly, the Tampa Bay Rays are third in terms of odds to win at +850, followed by the Athletics at +1000, Braves at +1100, and Twins at +1200. This is different from before the MLB season began in late July, as the top five teams in terms of odds were the: Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, Braves, and A’s. With just over a month remaining of the MLB season, be sure to keep an eye on the odds as they shift due to record, injuries, and form.
Opening Odds To Win World Series Before Restart
|Team||Odds to Win World Series|
|CHI White Sox||+2800|
|BOS Red Sox||+8000|
|TOR Blue Jays||+8000|
After a month of baseball, the futures odds have not changed much as far as the leaders are concerned with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees being the favorites at +375. The Houston Astros have not started off well, especially their star hitters as their odds have fallen to +1500. One of the biggest surprises has been to see the Angels fall, with their odds set at +8000 to win the World Series.
With Series futures back up, check out which ⚾ teams are the most popular by total tickets & total dollars wagered with NYY (+350) leading the way in both categories.
Check out the updated odds and trends ⬇️
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) June 25, 2020
Houston Astros World Series Odds
Assuming the MLB season starts up without cancelling the season, the Astros will certainly take some ridicule after the recent cheating scandal. The Astros will be under a close eye from not only MLB fans, but other teams and media alike. With all that being said, the Astros are still a very good baseball team and DraftKings Sportsbook has them at +650 to win the World Series entering the season. The Astros will get Lance McCullers back to a stellar rotation anchored by Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, but they did lose Gerrit Cole to the Astros. With one of the most lethal and deep lineups in all of baseball, the Astros are set to make noise again (no pun intended) in 2020.
As of late August, the Astros fell to +1500 to win the World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently the favorite to win the World Series on DraftKings Sportsbook, set at +375. If the Dodgers made zero moves in the offseason, they would still likely be the favorite. But as all baseball fans know, the Dodgers are not a team to stay still. Los Angeles acquired OF Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox to anchor the best lineup in baseball for a serious run in 2020. Betts joins an already lethal lineup of Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Gavin Lux and others in hopes of being one of the best lineups we have seen in a long time.
The lineup is just half of the story, as the Dodgers are equipped with an elite starting rotation with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Alex Wood and Julio Urias and likely the most talented bullpen in the National League. At the end of games, the Dodgers have names like Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly and others. The Dodgers are the favorite for a reason, and look to be a dominant force when the MLB season begins. In addition, the World Series could be hosted at Dodgers Stadium either way.
MLB is discussing a 100-game regular season that would begin July 1, include no All-Star Game and end with a November World Series at Dodger Stadium. https://t.co/xoCWdoV377
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 2, 2020
2020 World Series Odds Movement
|Team||Odds to Win World Series||Odds to Win World Series After August||Opening Odds||Odds Movement|
|CHI White Sox||+1000||+2800||+3000||+2000|
|TOR Blue Jays||+3500||+8000||+10000||+6500|
|BOS Red Sox||+100000||+8000||+3000||-97,000|
With just a few weeks left of baseball, here is a look at the odds movement from the opening odds before the season started, after the first month, and now. The largest movements have come from the Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and more. The biggest surprises have been the Texas Rangers, LA Angels, and Boston Red Sox, but also the Miami Marlins who were in second place in the NL East with two weeks to play!
World Series History
Top 5 World Series Upsets
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|
|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|
|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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