With Major League Baseball, betting can be about the winner of the game, a game prop like ‘will there be a run scored in the first inning?’, a player prop (total hits in a game by a player), or a Futures bet, which is season-long totals of team or player statistics, including wins, or picking division, league or World Series winners.
With a month left before Opening Day, I went and checked the Updated World Series odds and found some interesting lines and odds.
Here are my favorites by bet type.
To Win 2021 World Series
New York Mets +1200 (bet $100 to $1200)
Minnesota Twins +2200
Toronto Blue Jays +1800
San Diego Padres +700
Atlanta Braves +1000
Even a $100 bet to $300 on the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers seems worth a stab.
To Win 2021 American League Pennant
Tampa Bay Rays +900
Minnesota Twins +800
I even like +2000 on the Los Angeles Angels. They’re motivated to keep adding to their roster and they may have the ultimate Wild Card to help with their greatest weakness with Shohei Ohtani likely to pitch some this season.
To Win 2021 National League Pennant
San Diego Padres +425
Atlanta Braves +600
New York Mets +550
And the Washington Nationals +2500? Seriously? With all that returning talent and a chance to be a lot healthier? Worth the $100 risk.
To Win 2021 American League East
Tampa Bay Rays +450
To Win 2021 American League West
Los Angeles Angels +360
To Win 2021 National League Central
Milwaukee Brewers +375
Often, a club is held to a standard somewhat set by the previous year’s success or lack thereof. The Brewers are better on paper and will start 2021 healthy. Worth the bet.
To Win 2021 National League East
Washington Nationals +650
New York Mets to Make 2021 Playoffs
Yes, I’m betting out of both side of my mouth — that’s how it works. This is too good of a bet — risk $100 to win $170 — considering how difficult the NL East is likely to be.
New York Yankees to Make 2021 Playoffs
Same story — too good a bet. It’s also worth mentioning the Yankees’ volatile roster with big-name injury and performance unknowns littering the organization.
To Lead MLB in Home Runs in 2021
Yordan Alvarez, +2000
Take this bet. Do it.
To Win 2021 AL CY Young
Gerrit Cole, +325
To Win 2021 NL Cy Young
To Win 2021 AL MVP
Mike Trout, +230
DJ LeMahieu, +3000
Yordan Alvarez, +4000
To Win 2021 NL MVP
To Lead MLB in Regular Season Strikeouts in 2021
Yu Darvish, +1200
Jacob deGrom, +525
To Lead MLB in Regular Season Hits in 2021
To Lead MLB in Regular Season Saves in 2021
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