Major League Baseball had a great All-Star Break. Heading into the second half, the favorite to win the World Series and the second choice offer underlay odds. Also, an Angel has become a lock to win the AL MVP. Check out the latest MLB betting news in our baseball update.
Latest 2021 MLB Betting News & Rumors July 13th Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +340
- New York Yankees +2000
- San Diego Padres +650
- Tampa Bay Rays +1000
- Atlanta Braves +2800
- Minnesota Twins +35000
- Chicago White Sox +550
- Oakland Athletics +1600
- Houston Astros +450
- Cleveland Indians +5000
- Cincinnati Reds +3300
- Chicago Cubs +8000
- New York Mets +850
- Washington Nationals +7000
- St. Louis Cardinals +5000
- Toronto Blue Jays +2200
- Philadelphia Phillies +4500
- L.A. Angels +6600
- Milwaukee Brewers +1200
- Boston Red Sox +1000
- Miami Marlins +27500
- San Francisco Giants +1000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +400000
- Colorado Rockies +350000
- Seattle Mariners +6000
- Baltimore Orioles +450000
- Detroit Tigers +50000
- Kansas City Royals +85000
- Texas Rangers +350000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +350000
Dodgers head into second half of the season the chalk even though Bauer’s situation hasn’t changed
Heading into the second half, the Los Angeles Dodgers are an underlay +340 choice to win the World Series even though they face a couple of headwinds. The first headwind? The Trevor Bauer situation won’t go away.
Bauer is likely to have thrown his last pitch of the season. The Dodgers, no doubt, have a rotation that can pick up the pieces, but the NL West is deep, which brings up to the second reason LAD is an underlay to win the World Series.
The San Francisco Giants, who lead the Dodgers by 2 games, and the San Diego Padres, who are 5 games behind the Giants heading into the second half, start rotations that may be better than Los Angeles’.
Giants’ ace Kevin Gausman has a 1.73 ERA. Anthony DeSclafani’s ERA is 2.68 and Johnny Cueto’s is 4.15. Alex Wood, listed fourth in the rotation, is 8-3 with a 3.67 ERA.
The Padres also have a strong rotation. Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell, and Dinelson Lamet can all throw.
There’s no guarantee the Dodgers win their division, much less the World Series, which is why at their current odds, LAD is an underlay.
Astros become outright second choice to win the World Series
World Series odds on the Houston Astros have dropped to an amazingly low +450. The Stros entered the season an underdog to win the Fall Classic. There was also the overhang of having stolen signs in their 2017 World Series victory. In addition, team leader George Springer fled to the Toronto Blue Jays.
But even with the all the questions, Houston has played great. The main reason Houston is such a short-priced second choice? The rotation is stacked. Zack Greinke should be in the Hall one of these days, Framber Valdez is 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA, Lance McCullers Jr. is 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA, and Jose Urquidy, listed fourth in the rotation, has a 3.41 ERA.
The Stros also rank first in runs per with 5.45, first in batting average, 2.69, and first in OPS 4.83. Does that make Houston an overlay to win the Series?
Nope. Even though Houston’s rotation and lineup rock, the bullpen ranks sixteenth in team ERA. If the Astros must turn to their bullpen during the playoffs, there’s the chance the BP blows it.
Shohei Ohtani is a -350 chalk to win AL MVP, Mets’ deGrom the chalk to win the NL MVP
Heading into the second half of the season, Shohei Ohtani is huge favorite to win the AL MVP. Ohtani’s odds are at -350.
The 6’ 4” and 210 lbs. player sports a .279 batting average, hit 33 home runs, and drove in 70 runs in the first half of the season. He also produced a 3.49 ERA in 67 innings thrown.
The two-way player is doing something no other MLB star has done since, maybe, Babe Ruth. A lot of seasons have passed since the Babe threw from the mound and blasted home runs from the batter’s box.
Over in the NL, Jacob deGrom remains the MVP chalk. deGrom has a 1.08 ERA and has struck out 146 batters in 92 innings. So if deGrom keeps it up, winning both the Cy Young and MVP this season is a possibility.