We are going to look at updated World Series futures, picks, and prices with two series left, before making our final predictions before the MLB Playoffs.
To Win the World Series Los Angeles +320 San Francisco +475 Houston +550 Tampa Bay +600 Milwaukee +650 Chicago +700 New York +1400 Atlanta +1500 St. Louis +1600 Toronto +2200 Philadelphia +4000 Seattle +6000 Oakland +10000
Best Bet: The Los Angeles Dodgers Rotation is Terrifying
The best team in baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yet, the Dodgers are likely to finish second in the NL West for the first time since 2012. Does it matter? Not really when you look at the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation. The Dodgers have three players in the top-10 in ERA this season – Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias.
Scherzer is the favourite to win the NL Cy Young Award, Walker Buehler ranks third in WAR for pitchers, and Julio Urias leads the league with 19 wins. Oh, and we did not even mention Clayton Kershaw who has a 3.29 ERA since returning from injury earlier this month.
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— Marcos Reyes (@super16natural) September 27, 2021
The Los Angeles Dodgers also have a strong lineup. They rank fifth in the National League with a .749 OPS, third in home runs with 218, and lead the NL with 589 walks. Their offensive production has improved since the All-Star. The Dodgers average 5.17 runs per game in the second half of the season, compared to 4.85 in the first half.
The reigning champs have the best roster in the league and the best MLB betting betting to win the championship. I would not be surprised if they repeated as World Series winners in 2021.
If the Toronto Blues Jays get in Opponents Beware
Statistically speaking, the Toronto Blue Jays are the third-best team in the American League. They have a +172-run differential – which ranks only behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. They have the best record in the American League over their last 30 games (21-9) and have the most wins in the MLB (47) against teams .500 or better.
If the Toronto Blue Jays make the MLB Playoffs, they can beat anyone. The team has the most dangerous lineup in baseball. George Springer is one home run away from giving the club seven players with 20+ home runs this season (the MLB record is eight players). The team’s pitching staff is also strong, helmed by AL Cy Young Front Runner Robbie Ray.
— Robbie Ray (@RobbieRay) September 28, 2021
The bullpen is playing much better lately as well. Closer Jordan Romano has allowed only three earned runs in his last 22 innings, while Trevor Richards and Tim Mayza both have sub 1.00 ERAs over the last 30 days. If the Blue Jays make the playoffs, they can beat any team in a series thanks to their deep lineup and improved pitching.
Don’t Sleep on Milwaukee Brewers Making Noise
Is anyone afraid of the Atlanta Braves or Philadelphia Phillies in the postseason? One of them will play the Brewers in the NLDS and whoever it is will have the worst record of the ten playoff teams this season. Since neither team is that great, the Brewers have the easiest first-round opponent in the MLB Playoffs.
The Brewers’ one-two-third punch of Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta is the second-best combination this season behind the Dodgers. All three pitchers have an ERA of 2.81 or lower. Their closer – Josh Hader – has a 1.27 ERA, 34 saves, and the highest WAR of any relief pitcher in the NL.
The Brewers’ offence is playing better. The bats were below average in the first half of the season, scoring 4.32 runs per game. In the second half, the team is averaging 4.89 runs per game (the MLB average this season is 4.53).
The Brewers need Christian Yelich to produce in October. It has been a rough year for the former MVP. There is a trend, though, that could mean a productive October from Yelich. Every other month this season, he has produced an OPS of .825 or better (April, June, August). If he continues that trend the Brewers lineup – with Avisail Garcia, Wily Adams, and Kolten Wong is productive enough to win the Brewers games.
St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 vs. 2021
On August 1, 2011 – the St. Louis Cardinals had 52 losses. On August 1, 2021 – the St. Louis Cardinals had 52 losses. The Cardinals trailed in both Wild Card races (7.0 games back in 2021, 5.5 games back in 2011) – before putting everything together over the final two months of the season.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 28, 2021
While the 2011 Cardinals did not string together a 16-game winning streak, they did something quite impressive. The Cardinals won 15 straight getaway games. Meaning every time they left St. Louis or another city from August to October, they flew out with a win.
The 2011 Cardinals would go 18-8 in September to make the MLB Playoffs. The 2021 Cardinals are 20-6 in September and one game away from clinching a spot (with six games left). The 2011 Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on September 28. If the Cardinals win on September 28, they clinch a spot in the postseason.
The 2011 World Series Champions – the St. Louis Cardinals. Can the franchise do it again ten years later? I would not count them out.
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