As the 2021 Major League Baseball season is just under two weeks old, many speculate on who will end up taking part in the Fall Classic, also known as the World Series. Many teams made vast improvements over the offseason and have put themselves in a great position to make a long postseason run.
In some cases, the old phrase “the rich get richer” comes into play, as many of the large market teams could acquire some big-time players. Let’s take a look at some early odds to win the World Series. We’ll analyze some of the favorites along with a dark horse or two.
MLB 2021 World Series Odds: Favorites, Dark Horses and Upsets
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
The Dodgers won the World Series last season, brought back almost all of their starters, and signed Trevor Bauer in the offseason. You can see why they’re the favorite to win it all again this year.
With one of the best starting rotations in the game and a stacked lineup, the Dodgers have what it takes to win it again. Their biggest weakness is their bullpen, but the Dodgers will make trades to improve it if it struggles early on.
New York Yankees +550
The Yankees have a very powerful lineup that includes Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu. Gerritt Cole is one of the best starting pitchers in the game, and he will anchor the starting staff. The Yankees bullpen is arguably the best in baseball.
If the Yankees can stay healthy, they have a great shot at winning it all.
San Diego Padres +900
The Padres made a splash in the offseason by acquiring Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. These two will anchor a tremendous starting pitching staff. Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Eric Hosmer anchor an outstanding lineup.
The Padres and the Dodgers will be battling it out in the NL West this season, so hopefully, they don’t spend too much energy just trying to win the division.
Chicago White Sox +1100
The White Sox are ready to contend! With Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance Lynn manning the top of their rotation, the Sox can compete with anyone. Their lineup has some young hitters, but if they can continue to improve, the White Sox have a shot at going all the way.
Toronto Blue Jays +2200
The Blue Jays could be a dark horse out of the American League. They have a lineup filled with promising young sluggers. They signed George Springer to help lead this young group. Their starting pitching is led by Hyun Jin Ryu. They could make some noise in the postseason.
Philadelphia Phillies +2500
The Phillies have quietly put together a starting squad that could sneak up on some people. They have two excellent starters at the top of their rotation in Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. They have a lineup led by Bryce Harper. Watch out for the pesky Philadelphia Phillies, as they could become an issue in the postseason.