- BetOnline updated its World Series odds following last week’s MLB Trade Deadline
- The Dodgers’ title odds shortened to +300 after acquiring two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer
- The Yankees (+1600) added left-handed power hitters Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo in hopes of making a playoff push
While the 2021 MLB trade deadline didn’t result in a seismic shift in the 2021 World Series odds, it was a helluva lot of fun with top contenders in the American and National League acquiring big-name stars to push them over the top this October.
We’ll recap last week’s moves and analyze their potential postseason impact after looking at the updated championship odds. You can also refer to our MLB 2021 betting guide for further wagering tips and advice.
2021 World Series Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+300|
|Chicago White Sox||+700|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1100|
|San Francisco Giants||+1100|
|Boston Red Sox||+1200|
|New York Mets||+1200|
|San Diego Padres||+1200|
|New York Yankees||+1600|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2000|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+7500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+15000|
|Kansas City Royals||+100000|
Dodgers steal Scherzer from Padres
Last Thursday, rumors were circulating that two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was on his way to San Diego. That’s when the Dodgers (+300) stepped in to crush the dreams of Padres fans and seriously bolster their chances of winning a second-straight World Series, acquiring both Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.
With Trevor Bauer’s future with the team in doubt and Clayton Kershaw out with forearm inflammation, the 37-year-old “Mad Max” fills Los Angeles’ biggest need while Turner adds more depth, positional versatility, speed and defense to an already loaded roster. While LA’s move was a blow to their title hopes, at least the Padres (+1200) acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pirates a week before the deadline.
It's official. Max Scherzer and Trea Turner are Los Angeles Dodgers.
And this roster is STACKED. pic.twitter.com/WXWjWsNeDD
— MLB (@MLB) July 30, 2021
Still holding down first place in the NL West, the Giants (+1100) made a huge move of their own, snaring third baseman and outfielder Kris Bryant from the rebuilding Cubs. The 2016 NL MVP homered in his San Francisco debut and is now hitting .266 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs.
With the Mets’ Jacob deGrom shut down with inflammation in his right arm, it’s looking like the Brewers (+1200) are the only NL club outside the West with a chance to earn a World Series berth. Red hot of late with eight victories in their past 10 games, the club dealt for Diamondbacks shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who smashed a three-run homer and an RBI triple in his Milwaukee home debut on Monday night.
Astros, Yankees and White Sox
The Astros (+550) are still viewed as the class of the American League after shoring up their bullpen with a series of deadline deals. If relievers Kendall Graveman, Yimi Garcia and Phil Maton can stop the bleeding late in games, Houston will be hard to beat with a lineup scoring over five runs a game and a starting rotation with a 3.45 ERA.
Speaking of bullpens, the Chicago White Sox (+700) now have the best one in the majors after acquiring Craig Kimbrel from the cross-town Cubs. Chasing their first World Series championship in 16 years, the South Siders will have a death-grip on late-inning October leads after adding Kimbrel, who has 23 saves and a minuscule 0.49 ERA over 39 games this season, to pair with All-Star closer Liam Hendriks.
Liam Hendriks has the second-most saves in the league. Craig Kimbrel has the lowest ERA amongst relief pitchers.
— MLB (@MLB) July 30, 2021
Tampa Bay (+1100) leapfrogged Boston (+1200) in the AL East standings with a series sweep at Tropicana Field over the weekend. The Rays and Red Sox both added some pop to their lineup with their respective deadline additions of Nelson Cruz and Kyle Schwarber, but both moves paled in comparison to New York’s.
Sitting three game back of Oakland for the final Wild-Card spot, the Yankees (+1600) added two left-handed power bats in outfielder Joey Gallo and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Gallo is tied for seventh in the majors with 25 home runs and Rizzo just joined Joe DiMaggio as the only players with five or more runs scored and two or more RBIs in their first two games with the Yankees.
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