The Los Angeles Dodgers have picked up right where they left off last fall when they claimed their first World Series championship since 1988. The Dodgers have stormed out of the gate to a major league-leading 5-1 start to the new MLB season, cementing their position as +325 favourites to successfully defend their crown on the World Series odds at Bodog.
|World Series Winners Odds|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||4.50||4.25||4.50|
|New York Yankees||6.50||6.50||6.50|
|San Diego Padres||10.00||10.00||10.50|
|New York Mets||11.00||11.00||11.00|
|Chicago White Sox||12.00||12.00||12.00|
Dodgers Don’t Miss a Beat
The Dodgers have wasted no time demonstrating why they won 43 regular-season games in 2020, tops in the majors. The team has returned to action on a torrid offensive pace, averaging over 6.8 runs per game and reaching double digits on a pair of occasions while kicking off the campaign with a seven-game road trip.
Homer happy. pic.twitter.com/yLUoqcacgM
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 7, 2021
The club’s immediate return to midseason form has also strengthened their perch as -330 chalk to claim a ninth straight NL West title. However, the Dodgers are expected to face the biggest threat to their divisional dominance over the past decade from a revitalized San Diego Padres squad, who trails sit third as a lofty +725 bet on the World Series futures.
Padres Emerging as Threat to LA’s Dominance
Powered by a lineup revitalized by the arrival of key veterans and the emergence of young stars, the Padres closed out 2020 with a 37-23 record, and their first win in a postseason game since the last reaching the World Series back in 1998. Blake Snell and Yu Darvish represent big offseason additions to a Padres pitching staff that ranked third in the NL last season with 28 quality starts and a 3.86 team ERA.
Fernando Tatis Jr. also continued his meteoric rise in 2020. The talented young outfielder connected on 17 home runs over 59 regular-season game appearances, good for fourth overall in the majors. The 22-year-old was also among the league leaders with 11 stolen bases, and also got things done defensively with a sparkling .984 fielding percentage.
Tatis Injury Cause for Concern?
However, an early-season injury has threatened to derail Tatis’ season and the Padres’ hopes of winning their first-ever World Series title. San Diego baseball fans held their breath as Tatis crumbled to the ground in pain after suffering a shoulder injury while taking a big swing as the third strike in Monday’s 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Fortunately, Tatis will not need surgery to repair the partial shoulder dislocation and torn labrum he suffered in the incident. But the club will have to make do without their budding superstar for at least the next 10 days, tempering their odds to win the NL West, which sits at +250.
Yankees on the Rebound?
Despite enduring a disappointing 2020 MLB campaign, which ended with yet another early exit from the postseason, the New York Yankees return to action leading all AL teams as +550 second favourites on the World Series odds. Plagued by injuries and subpar play at times, the Yankees finished well off the pace in the AL East standings last year, stumbling to a 33-27 finish.
The Bronx Bombers looked like they could be ready to return to glory while running up the score in a two-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in AL Wild Card action. However, the Yankees quickly ran out of gas against Tampa Bay in the ALDS, falling in five games and extending their World Series drought to 11 years.
Winners of just one AL East pennant since 2012, the Yankees maintain their now-familiar perch as early-season favourites to win the division this time around. But like the Padres, New York faces legitimate challenges from divisional rivals, most notably the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays Poised for Takeoff
The Blue Jays turned heads while during their march to the postseason last season. Toronto’s 32 wins surpassed expectations, particularly considering the team was forced to play their entire schedule away from their comfortable home at Rogers Centre due to the pandemic. And while the Blue Jays subsequently bowed out to the Rays in two games in the ALWC, there remains plenty of reasons for fans to be hopeful.
Youngsters like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette continued to blossom last season and will receive plenty of help this time around after the club made a splash in the free-agent market with the signings of slugger George Springer and infielder Marcus Semien.
Indeed, the Blue Jays demonstrated that they could keep pace with New York while taking two of three from the Yankees in a series-opening series. That early success has helped lift Toronto to a strong +1600 wager on the World Series futures, and to an intriguing +360 second favourite to win the AL East.
Twins an Intriguing Value Bet
Elsewhere on the World Series odds, the Atlanta Braves sit just shy of the favourites at +1000 at 10Bet, followed by the Chicago White Sox at +1100, and the New York Mets at +1200. However, the better betting value sits further down the odds board, where the Minnesota twins join the Blue Jays at +1600.
The top team in the AL Central in each of the past two seasons, the Twins find themselves lagging behind the revitalized White Sox as +125 to complete the divisional three-peat. However, there is still plenty to like about this club. Minnesota took steps to replace departing pitching talent with the addition of underestimated former Blue Jay hurlers JA Happ and Matt Showmaker. The club also maintains one of the hardest-hitting lineups in baseball despite sitting middle of the road in team average last season.
The key for Minnesota is to take advantage of a division in transition. While the White Sox are on the rise, the Cleveland Indians look to be clearly heading in the opposite direction. And with both Kansas City and Detroit still very much works in progress, the Twins are well-positioned to return to the postseason for the fourth time in five years. The challenge facing Minnesota will be to overcome a dismal track record in playoff action that has seen them fall to defeat in 18 straight postseason contests since 2004.
Best Bet: New York Yankees (+550)