The MLB’s Championship Series round is firmly underway, which means we’re that much closer to the 2021 World Series. The Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox represent the best of what baseball has to offer, however, only one team can walk away with the sport’s top prize when all is said and done.
With a 2-0 NLCS series lead over the Dodgers as of Tuesday, October 19, the Braves are BetOnline’s 2021 World Series favorite at +210 odds.
Before the series began, a lot of people thought the Dodgers would win it after their 106-win season. While they can still turn things around, it’ll be hard to do that against a Braves team that’s on fire.
Left-fielder Eddie Rosario has been a big contributor for Atlanta during its current run to a potential 2021 World Series. The veteran is leading the club in hits (9), batting average (.409) and on-pace percentage (.435) through the Braves’ first six games of the year. Not to be outdone, right-fielder Joc Pederson has also taken things to the next level. The 29-year-old has had a surprising offensive surge this postseason, hitting three home runs while driving in seven RBIs this October. In fact, his hot streak has been taking the baseball world by storm and now the month is being referred to as ‘Joctober.’
With that being said, the Braves are getting solid performances from their starting pitchers. Max Fried is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while Ian Anderson is also 1-0 with his 2.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. If Atlanta keeps getting those performances on the mound combined with how its batters are playing, the Braves should remain as World Series favorites.
2021 World Series Odds as of October 19
Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, October 19
- Atlanta Braves (+210)
- Boston Red Sox (+250)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+260)
- Houston Astros (+350)
Boston Red Sox 2021 Championship Odds
The Boston Red Sox have been the biggest surprise of the postseason. The team went from being underdogs to the New York Yankees in the Wild Card round to having the second-best odds (+250) of winning the 2021 World Series.
To make things better, the Red Sox are up 2-1 in their ALCS matchup against the Astros after hammering Houston, 12-3, on Monday night. The thing is that Boston has accomplished all this thanks to the club getting contributions from all of its batters. Eight of the Red Sox’s nine starters have hit at least one home run so far, with center-fielder Enrique Hernandez leading the way with five.
The thing about the Red Sox is that left-handed pitcher Chris Sale hasn’t been his normal self. After going 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in the regular season, the seven-time MLB All-Star has pitched just 3.2 innings in two starts this postseason with an abysmal 14.73 ERA. The good news is that a large portion of that comes from his first 2021 postseason start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Nevertheless, he still allowed five hits in 2.2 innings to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS. Only time will tell if he can get back on track to help Boston to the 2021 World Series.
2021 World Series FAQ
Can the World Series odds change?
Yes! Odds can change for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s from a team blowing a series league or perhaps a major injury, odds aren’t set in stone as long as there are games to be played.
Are there other World Series markets aside from futures?
Yes! While future markets are the most popular when it comes to the 2021 World Series and other major champions, you do have other options. Each playoff series should have prop bets and other specials (depending on the sportsbook). There should also be more markets when we actually reach the World Series round.
How long do I have to bet on the World Series winner?
If you’d like to maximize how much money you can win, it’s better to place your wager sooner than later. As the MLB postseason continues, teams will become more likely to win the World Series, which means you’ll have to wager more money to see a bigger profit.