2021 World Series, Win Totals, Pennant & Division Odds Analysis

2021 World Series, Win Totals, Pennant & Division Odds Analysis

Written by on March 4, 2021

Okay MyBookie baseball betting nation, with the start of the 2021 MLB regular season less than a month away, now is a great time to look at some of the value-packed MLB odds that are up and available! Let’s get started with a look at the top pennant contenders in both leagues.

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NL Pennant Odds

Analysis: As you can see, the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers are prohibitive favorites to win the National League pennant in 2021 – and rightfully so I say. LA added reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer in free agency to an already loaded roster that includes superstars like Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw among others. Bottom line…it’s going to be hard to dispatch the reigning champs.

I do like two teams to challenge LA for the NL pennant, starting with the Atlanta Braves. The NL East champs have the reigning NL MVP in veteran first baseman Freddie Freeman (.341 BA/13HR/.462 OBP) and arguably the most athletically-gifted player in all of baseball in 23-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (.250 BA/14HR/.406 OBP). Atlanta has a bunch of live arms in the starting rotation and bullpen.

The Braves will also be out for some revenge after blowing a commanding 3-1 lead against the Dodgers in last season’s NLCS. The San Diego Padres have a blossoming superstar in Fernando Tatis Jr. (.277 BA/17 HR/.366 OBP) and now, some experienced pitching with 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell and Yu Darvish both on board.

Win Total Odds

Analysis: The Dodgers won 71.7 percent of their games last season (43-17). That equates to 115 wins over a full, 162-game season. Yikes! Tampa Bay’s 40-20 mark last season equates to 108 wins in 2021. San Diego’s 37-23 mark (61.7%) last season equates to 99 wins in 2021.

Atlanta’s win percentage mark last season (35-25) equates to 94 wins in 2021. New York’s win percentage last season (33-27) equates to 89 wins in 2021. The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians (35-25) will both win 94 games in 2021 if they win 58.3 percent of their games like last season. Minnesota and Oakland (36-24) will both win 97 games if they win 60.0 percent of their games like last season. St. Louis (30-28, 51.7%) and Houston (29-31, 48.3%) will not top their respective win total odds if they win at the same rates they did last season.

AL Pennant Odds

Analysis: The Yankees are prohibitive favorites, but I’m not expecting the Yankees to beat out reigning AL East champion Tampa Bay – and possibly division rival Toronto as well. I like Chicago – if they get competent pitching while I expect Houston will be lurking.

My top three picks to win the AL pennant in 2021 are Minnesota and Oakland. The Twins have been knocking on the door for two straight seasons and Tampa Bay just won the AL pennant. Oakland is perennially sneaky good and are now, out from under the huge shadow the Astros have cast in the AL West the last five seasons.

MLB World Series Favorites

Analysis: It’s the Dodgers first and foremost, followed by picks for Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and San Diego. For my second five picks, I’m going with the A’s, White Sox, Yankees and Astros. Happy hunting MyBookie MLB baseball betting faithful!


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