2021 MLB World Series Odds: LA Dodgers Favored To Repeat As Champions

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. Let’s take a look at the current World Series odds for 2021, odds movement, betting history and more World Series facts.

 

Updated 2021 MLB World Series Odds

 

Dodgers and Yankees World Series odds shift after initial betting

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

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

Dodgers World Series odds move to -455 after Game 1 Victory

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

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
    • etc
  • Game Props
  • MVP
  • and more

Rays take 3-0 lead, become World Series favorites

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 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

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.

 

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Opening Odds To Win World Series Before Restart

Team Odds to Win World Series
LA Dodgers +375
NY Yankees +375
MIN Twins +800
ATL Braves +1200
OAK Athletics +1200
CHI Cubs +1500
HOU Astros +1500
TB Rays +1500
CLE Indians +2000
PHI Phillies +2500
CHI White Sox +2800
WAS Nationals +2800
CIN Reds +3300
COL Rockies +3300
MIL Brewers +3300
STL Cardinals +3300
NY Mets +4000
SD Padres +4000
TEX Rangers +4000
ARI Diamondbacks +5000
BOS Red Sox +8000
LA Angels +8000
TOR Blue Jays +8000
MIA Marlins +15000
SF Giants +15000
BAL Orioles +25000
DET Tigers +25000
KC Royals +30000
PIT Pirates +30000
SEA Mariners +30000

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.

 

 

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.

 

2020 World Series Odds Movement

Team Odds to Win World Series Odds to Win World Series After August Opening Odds Odds Movement
LA Dodgers +350 +375 +375 +25
TB Rays +650 +1500 +1800 +1150
NY Yankees +750 +375 +400 -350
SD Padres +1000 +4000 +4000 +3000
CHI White Sox +1000 +2800 +3000 +2000
OAK Athletics +1000 +1200 +2500 +1500
MIN Twins +1250 +800 +1600 +350
ATL Braves +1250 +1200 +1300 +50
CHI Cubs +1600 +1500 +2200 +600
HOU Astros +2000 +1500 +650 -1,350
CLE Indians +2500 +2000 +2200 -300
PHI Phillies +3300 +2500 +2000 -1,300
TOR Blue Jays +3500 +8000 +10000 +6500
STL Cardinals +3500 +3300 +2000 -1,500
MIA Marlins +5000 +15000 +75000 +70000
SF Giants +5000 +15000 +25000 +20000
MIL Brewers +5000 +3300 +3000 -2,000
CIN Reds +5500 +3300 +2500 -3,000
COL Rockies +8000 +3300 +15000 +7000
NY Mets +8000 +4000 +2200 -5,800
BAL Orioles +20000 +25000 +75000 +55000
WAS Nationals +25000 +2800 +1800 -23,200
DET Tigers +35000 +25000 +75000 +40000
SEA Mariners +35000 +30000 +50000 +15000
KC Royals +100000 +30000 +50000 -50,000
PIT Pirates +100000 +30000 +10000 -90,000
TEX Rangers +100000 +4000 +8000 -92,000
ARI Diamondbacks +100000 +5000 +4000 -96,000
LA Angels +100000 +8000 +3300 -96,700
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
2017 George Springer 5
2009 Chase Utley 5
1977 Reggie Jackson 5

 

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
Mickey Mantle 18
Babe Ruth 15
Yogi Berra 12
Duke Snider 11
Lou Gehrig 10
Reggie Jackson 10

 

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
1968 Bob Gibson 35
1964 Bob Gibson 31
1965 Sandy Koufax 29
1903 Bill Dinneen 28
1967 Bob Gibson 26
2001 Curt Schilling 26

 


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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.