The current MLB season is well past its halfway point, which means fans are starting to think more about who’ll win the 2021 World Series. After all, wagering on baseball’s top prize is incredibly popular in the sports betting world. World Series odds are consistently being updated across all online sportsbooks, including BetOnline. As it stands, they’re favoring the Los Angeles Dodgers to win this year’s championship at +400 odds.
With a 61-40 record, the Dodgers have been one of the best teams throughout the 2021 MLB season. They’re two games back of the San Francisco Giants (+1100) for the NL West lead, however, they’re securely holding the top Wild Card spot by 9.5 games. Barring a late-season collapse, there’s a pretty good chance that Los Angeles will have a shot to go on a World Series run this year.
The fact is that it’s hard to find too many weaknesses on the Dodgers. Few teams can field a starting rotation like the one that they have, with each starter having an ERA of 3.63 or below. In fact, the Dodgers actually own an MLB-leading 3.24 team ERA. On the other hand, it’s not like their offense is lacking. Los Angeles is scoring an average of 5.20 runs per game, which only trails the Houston Astros (5.38). The Dodgers were favored to be 2021 World Series favorites at the beginning of the season and it’s looking like things will stay that way for a while.
If the Dodgers win the 2021 World Series, they’ll become the first team to win back-to-back championships since the New York Yankees (+2500) did it between 1998 and 2000.
2021 World Series Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, July 27
- Los Angeles Dodgers (+400)
- Houston Astros (+550)
- Chicago White Sox (+750)
- Boston Red Sox (+950)
- San Diego Padres (+950)
- New York Mets (+1000)
- San Francisco Giants (+1100)
- Tampa Bay Rays (+1100)
- Milwaukee Brewers (+1200)
- New York Yankees (+2500)
- Oakland Athletics (+2500)
- Toronto Blue Jays (+2800)
- Atlanta Braves (+4000)
- Seattle Mariners (+4000)
- Philadelphia Phillies. (+5500)
- Cincinnati Reds (+6600)
- Los Angeles Angels (+7000)
- St. Louis Cardinals (+7500)
- Chicago Cubs (+8000)
- Cleveland Indians (+10000)
- Washington Nationals (+12500)
- Miami Marlins (+35000)
- Detroit Tigers (+75000)
- Minnesota Twins (+75000)
- Kansas City Royals (+100000)
- Colorado Rockies (+400000)
- Pittsburgh Pirates (+400000)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (+500000)
- Baltimore Orioles (+500000)
- Texas Rangers (+500000)
Astros Angling For Championship Run
After going 29-31 last year, the Houston Astros opened up the current season with +2500 odds to win the 2021 World Series. However, a lot has changed to their odds since then. The Astros are currently 61-40 and are leading the AL Central by 5.0 games. They should continue to hold that lead unless some sort of collapse or injury trouble happens.
Everything has just been clicking with the Astros this season, especially when it comes to their MLB-best offense. It certainly helps by having five players who have at least 56 RBI or more. That’s the crazy thing about what Houston’s been doing: it’s not just one player who’s dominating. It’s been a team effort, which means there isn’t that weak spot in their batting order that other teams can attack aside from Martin Maldonado — even though his job really isn’t to hit. At the end of the day, the Astros have too many good pieces not to make it deep into the postseason.
If they play their cards right, they could find themselves in the 2021 World Series — hopefully, with less controversy than the last time they were there.
Can the White Sox Win the 2021 World Series?
At +750 odds, the Chicago White Sox have the third-best shot at winning the 2021 World Series, according to BetOnline. The White Sox were projected to be a top-5 team ahead of the season and that’s exactly what they've done. Chicago took an early lead of the AL Central and hasn’t looked back since. The club’s 59-41 record leads the division by 8.5 games, which means there’s a good chance that it’ll stay that way throughout the remainder of the season. The only question remaining is whether or not Chicago can win its first World Series since 2005.
The White Sox rank 5th when it comes to runs per game (4.97) thanks to a deep lineup that’s led by Jose Abreu, who has 18 home runs and 75 RBI, which ranks 4th league-wide. Their pitching has also been strong as their 3.61 team ERA ranks 7th in the MLB. As long as they continue to get quality play on both sides of the ball, the White Sox will be one of the bigger threats when it comes to winning the 2021 World Series.