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

The Rays have a chance to be better than last year’s team with Randy Arozarena up to start the year, Austin Meadows healthy and just as much pitching talent as ever.

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

No: +170

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

No: +550

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.

Bryce Harper, +2000
Cody Bellinger, +1300
Mike Trout, +1000

To Win 2021 AL CY Young

Gerrit Cole, +325

To Win 2021 NL Cy Young

Jacob deGrom, +450
Max Scherzer, +700
Yu Darvish, +1000
Jack Flaherty, +1500
Max Fried, +1800

To Win 2021 AL MVP

Mike Trout, +230
DJ LeMahieu, +3000
Yordan Alvarez, +4000

To Win 2021 NL MVP

Juan Soto, +850
Christian Yelich, +1500
Cody Bellinger, +850
Bryce Harper, +2000

To Lead MLB in Regular Season Strikeouts in 2021

Yu Darvish, +1200
Jacob deGrom, +525

To Lead MLB in Regular Season Hits in 2021

Francisco Lindor, +2000
Bo Bichette, +2200
Tim Anderson, +2200

To Lead MLB in Regular Season Saves in 2021

Liam Hendriks, +750
Edwin Diaz, +1000

Last Updated on March 4, 2021 by Jason A. Churchill

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Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 and spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI. Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio. He now serves as the Executive Copy Editor at Data Skrive, a tech company that manipulates data to provide automated content to clients including the AP, BetMGM, USA Today, and ESPN. Find Jason's baseball podcast, Baseball Things, right here.