After almost a full week of play, odds on Major League Baseball teams to win the World Series have slightly changed. One team looks like they’re headed for a terrible season while the defending champs have shined. Check out what happened in MLB’s first week of the 2021 season so you can continue placing your bets against their MLB odds.
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2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +300
- New York Yankees +550
- San Diego Padres +700
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Atlanta Braves +1200
- Minnesota Twins +1300
- Chicago White Sox +1100
- Oakland Athletics +3000
- Houston Astros +1500
- Cleveland Indians +4500
- Cincinnati Reds +2800
- Chicago Cubs +3300
- New York Mets +1100
- Washington Nationals +3500
- St. Louis Cardinals +2500
- Toronto Blue Jays +1400
- Philadelphia Phillies +2200
- L.A. Angels +3000
- Milwaukee Brewers +3000
- Boston Red Sox +5000
- Miami Marlins +8000
- San Francisco Giants +9000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +15000
- Colorado Rockies +15000
- Seattle Mariners +8000
- Baltimore Orioles +9000
- Detroit Tigers +9000
- Kansas City Royals +7000
- Texas Rangers +15000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +27500
Angels, Phillies, Astros, and Dodgers making early season impressions
The Angels lost their April 6 game 4-2 against the Houston Astros. But there’s no denying LAA is a much improved squad from last season. The Halos beat the White Sox 3-1 in a 4-game series. Angel fans have to love how Shohei Ohtani threw in his first start. He only pitched 4.2 innings but he gave up a single earned run and struck out 7.
Houston, the team that added a loss to the Angels’ record on April 6, has been as hot as anybody in MLB. Even though George Springer no longer plays for the club, and Justin Verlander is out for the season, the Stros are rocking it. Houston has a 5-1 record and a +27 run differential.
The last team to discuss who tore it up early in the season are the Philadelphia Phillies. We pegged the Phils as a possible underdog to win the NL this season. Sure, it’s early but Philadelphia has all the makings of a season-long contender.
They lost their first game of the season on April 6. The New York Mets beat them 8-4. The day before, Philadelphia rocked NYM with a 5-3 win. We knew the Phillies could hit.
Pitching is where they surprised in the first week. Aaron Nola was fantastic in his first start. He threw over 6 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, and struck out 6. Nola’s ERA was 2.70.
Zack Wheeler struck out 10 in 7 innings and gave up a single hit in a Philadelphia win over the Braves in his first start while Zack Elfin struck out 8 and posted a 1.29 ERA in his first. Both Wheeler and Elfin led the Phillies to wins over the Braves.
Yankees Kluber lasts just 4 innings in first start and Atlanta is the biggest disappointment so far this season
Two teams have disappointed. The Yankees aren’t nearly as much of a disappointment as the Atlanta Braves.
NYY’s disappointment stems from the fact that, once again, they have yet to find a second ace. The Yankees lost 2-of-3 to the Blue Jays. They’ve since beaten the Orioles in 2 straight, but the losses to the Jays are what concerns.
Gerrit Cole has thrown great. He’s struck out 21 batters in about 12 innings. But Cole can’t carry this team to an AL East title by himself.
Although the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-3 last week, Corey Kluber lasted 4 innings in his first start. Domingo German lasted 3 innings in his first. Jordan Montgomery threw well against the Orioles, but it’s difficult to know if Montgomery is a true second-ace.
The jury remains out on the Yankees. The jury may have already spoken regarding the Atlanta Braves. It may sound silly to read so much into an 0-4 start in a 162-game season.
But the Braves were supposed to dominate and they haven’t come close. What’s really disturbing? The ATL gave up 6 runs to a Washington Nationals’ squad playing their first game of the season due to coronavirus positives.
Atlanta doesn’t look good. Losing the All-Star Game due to politics won’t help. Could this be a thruway season?
Odds on Phillies and Astros remain at overlay numbers
The odds on the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros make those two teams overlays. The Phillies are at +2200 while the Stros offer +1500.
Both teams appear ready for season-long contention. Granted, both could implode, but their starting rotations looks solid enough to consider.
If Houston wins anymore games, they’ll become a +1000 choice. The Phillies’ odds to win the World Series could drop to below +2000 in a week or so. Make sure to grab decent odds if you think the Astros and Phillies hold up for the entire season.
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