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2 favorites, 2 sleepers, 2 long shots to win the 2021 World Series heading into Spring Training

The Dodgers still have the best odds to win the World Series, but there is some movement by one American League team.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A month ago, the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers had the best odds to win the World Series at +450. Since then, they’ve signed the best free-agent pitcher left on the market in Trevor Bauer to a three-year deal. Outside of Los Angeles, we’ve seen some movement on the betting lines for a few teams that have caught our eyes as potential sleeper and long shot options.

We are going to tell you who they are and why they might be worth putting a bet down on before 2021 Opening Day on April 1.

Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series odds: +350

It should not come as a surprise to see the defending World Series champions with the best odds to win it again. The Dodgers are bringing back most of their key players from last season’s team and added Bauer last week. Along those same lines, Los Angeles has a star-studded rotation, which features Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, and Julio Urias.

And not to mention, the Dodgers still have Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, and could still bring back Justin Turner. However, while everything looks good on paper, it’s tough for a team to repeat as World Series champions. The last time we saw that was in the late 90s with the Yankees.

New York Yankees

World Series odds: +550

Out of the American League, the Yankees have the second-best odds to win the 2021 World Series. When we last checked the odds in January, the Yankees’ odds were at +550, so there has been no movement either way.

Just like the Dodgers, New York is bringing back most of their players this season. They are also hoping that they can get healthy seasons from both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

This offseason, the Yankees did not make many major splashes in free-agency except re-signing DJ LeMahieu. The second baseman signed a six-year, $90 million deal to stay with the Bronx Bombers. But the bigger question that remains about New York is their starting rotation. They are only in line to bring back three starters from last season, including Gerrit Cole.

Sleepers

San Diego Padres

World Series odds: +800

The last time we looked at the World Series odds, the Padres had a +900 chance to win the entire thing. However, their odds have improved as they are a sleeper in the National League.

A lot of people will point to the Mets or Braves based on their roster and what they’ve done this offseason. The Padres made sure to put their hat in the ring as they acquired both Blake Snell and Yu Darvish. Both starting pitchers, who have been aces in their respective careers, make San Diego a legit threat to the Dodgers in the NL West. This season, the Padres will not have Mike Clevinger because of Tommy John surgery, but having him for 2022 is a scary thought for many teams in the National League.

Chicago White Sox

World Series odds: +850

Another sleeper team to keep an eye out for is the Chicago White Sox. Unlike the other teams on this list, the White Sox have not made a lot of noise this offseason. But they did not need too, based on who they already had on their roster.

They have a quality starting rotation, which features Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and young arm Dylan Cease. They made a notable additional to their bullpen, signing Liam Hendriks to a three-year deal. Then when you look at their batting order, they have José Abreu (AL MVP), Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert. Their competition in the AL Central isn’t necessarily steep as they only have to worry about is the Minnesota Twins.

Longshots

St. Louis Cardinals

World Series odds: +2000

The Cardinals are not considered a technical long shot — that would belong to the Pittsburgh Pirates at +15000. However, for this exercise, we are going to put the Cards in this category with their addition of Nolan Arenado.

Last season, the Cardinals snuck into the playoffs with a record of 30-28, thanks to little to no offense. Their best offensive player was Paul Goldschmidt, who slashed .304/.417/.466 with six home runs and 21 RBI. Now, they will be able to provide Goldy with some protection in the lineup thanks to the addition of Arenado.

The former Colorado Rockies third baseman slugged .253/.303/.434 with eight home runs and 26 RBI last season. However, Arenado is better than what happened last season as he’s been named to the All-Star game five times. And he’s been one of the best defensive third basemen in baseball.

Toronto Blue Jays

World Series odds: +2500

Just like with the Cardinals, it would be easy to point out the Kansas City Royals as long shots to win the World Series (+10000), but the Blue Jays are a long shot in a loaded American League.

The Blue Jays snuck into the playoffs last season as a wild card team with a record of 32-28. Toronto made one of the bigger splashes in the offseason, signing outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million contract. He’s a nice addition for a young Blue Jays’ team that is on the cusp of making noise in the AL East.

But before the Jays can move up in the odds, they have to figure out what to do with their starting rotation. As of right now, Toronto does not have a clear cut No. 2 starter behind Hyun Jin Ryu.

2021 World Series odds, Feb 8

Team Odds
Team Odds
LA Dodgers +350
NY Yankees +550
SD Padres +800
CHI White Sox +850
ATL Braves +1000
NY Mets +1000
OAK Athletics +1800
MIN Twins +2000
STL Cardinals +2000
TB Rays +2000
CIN Reds +2500
HOU Astros +2500
TOR Blue Jays +2500
WAS Nationals +2800
PHI Phillies +3000
CHI Cubs +3300
CLE Indians +3500
LA Angels +4000
MIL Brewers +4500
BOS Red Sox +5000
MIA Marlins +5000
ARI Diamondbacks +7000
BAL Orioles +7000
SF Giants +7000
COL Rockies +8000
SEA Mariners +8000
TEX Rangers +8000
DET Tigers +10000
KC Royals +10000
PIT Pirates +15000

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