WORLD SERIES ODDS: FUTURES REPORT
Los Angeles Dodgers (+480): The Dodgers have it all and they showcased it during an impressive postseason run. Walker Buehler is now their ace and Clayton Kershaw might have a couple more years left in him. If young arms Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias can round out their rotation and they find a more reliable closer than Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers could certainly repeat.
New York Yankees (+525): The Yankees were outmaneuvered and out-managed in the ALDS by a Rays team that has the lowest payroll in baseball. Yet they open the 2021 season favored ahead of Tampa Bay (+1200) and other AL teams by a wide margin. All eyes will be on injury-prone sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, but the Yanks’ key to success could be the development of their stud pitching prospects.
Atlanta Braves (+1000): The Braves were a hair away from their first World Series appearance since 1999 and could certainly return on the strength of a fearsome lineup led by young hitters Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. Atlanta plays in the weak NL East and could close the gap on the Dodgers by bolstering their pitching staff this offseason.
Tampa Bay Rays (+1200): Behind an incredible bullpen and advanced defensive strategies, the Rays won 68.9% of their close games last season. While that new-age approach eventually cost them the World Series when Kevin Cash pulled ace Blake Snell way too early, the Rays are capable of returning to that stage.
San Diego Padres (+1300): The Dodgers stand in their way to win the NL West and potentially the NL Pennant, but the Padres are getting favorable odds for 2021. If Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet are both healthy by next September, look out for this loaded young team.
Minnesota Twins (+1500): Once again, the Twins put together a marvelous regular season in 2020 – only to get smoked in the playoffs. Minnesota has lost 18 straight postseason games, but maybe this is the year they find success by following Tampa’s model with creative defense and bullpen usage.
Chicago White Sox (+1500): The White Sox showed immense promise during the shortened season, then backed into the playoffs on a losing skid and couldn’t find the pitching depth necessary to outlast the pesky Athletics. They’re more or less locked into their core roster heading into 2021.
Houston Astros (+1800): The Astros showed their playoff acumen after sneaking into the expanded postseason. They’ll have to show more consistency throughout the regular season to earn a Wild Card berth or top the A’s in the AL West.
Oakland Athletics (+1800): If you’re searching for a team that could replicate Tampa Bay’s success with a new-age approach, the Athletics are the best candidate. They’ve yet to put it together in the postseason, but have earned a playoff berth in three straight seasons under Bob Melvin.
Cleveland Indians (+2200): The Indians may have to spend big this offseason, beginning with a possible extension for stud SS Francisco Lindor. In the crowded AL Central, they must decide whether to commit to compete now, or rebuild.
Chicago Cubs (+2500): The Cubs have an odd mix of veterans and young studs that hasn’t translated to much success yet under new manager David Ross.
New York Mets (+3300): With Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard ready to lead their staff, the Mets could contend if they can bolster their lineup through trades or free agency.
St. Louis Cardinals (+3300): When it comes to the Cardinals, the name on the front of the jersey is always bigger than the name on the back. In other words, this franchise is always poised to compete regardless of whether it has many stars on the roster.
Washington Nationals (+3500): The 2020 season was a wash for the 2019 World Series champions. The Nats could bounce back over a much longer 2021 campaign.