MLB Futures for the 2021 Season

MLB Futures for the 2021 Season

Check out our picks for which MLB team will win the 2021 World Series.

Some people don't believe in pouncing on early MLB Futures. We disagree. Now is a great time to jump on World Series picks, as well as which teams will make it out of the American League and National League.

Let's start with the World Series odds, which we've grabbed from BetOnline:

World Series PickBetOnline
Los Angeles Dodgers+325
New York Yankees+575
San Diego Padres+700
Chicago White Sox+1100
New York Mets+1200
Atlanta Braves+1400
Houston Astros+1600
Minnesota Twins+2000
Toronto Blue Jays+2500
Los Angeles Angels+2800
St. Louis Cardinals+2800
Tampa Bay Rays+2800
Oakland Athletics+3300
Philadelphia Phillies+3500
Cincinnati Reds+4000
Milwaukee Brewers+4000
Washington Nationals+4000
Boston Red Sox+5000
Chicago Cubs+5000
Cleveland Indians+5000
Miami Marlins+8000
Seattle Mariners+8000
Baltimore Orioles+10000
Kansas City Royals+10000
San Francisco Giants+10000
Colorado Rockies+12500
Arizona Diamondbacks+15000
Detroit Tigers+15000
Texas Rangers+15000
Pittsburgh Pirates+30000

Like always, remember to confirm these odds before deciding on any wager. They will shift as the 2021 MLB season soldiers on.

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MLB Futures Breakdown

Before getting into the nitty-gritty about the World Series, let's first look at the best bets to win the American League and National League. We'll analyze the former first.

American League Futures Prediction

Here are the latest odds on who will win the American League:

World Series PickBetOnline
New York Yankees+275
Chicago White Sox+425
Houston Astros+700
Minnesota Twins+850
Toronto Blue Jays+900
Tampa Bay Rays+1200
Los Angeles Angels+1400
Oakland Athletics+1600
Boston Red Sox+2800
Cleveland Indians+2800
Seattle Mariners+4000
Baltimore Orioles+5000
Detroit Tigers+5000
Kansas City Royals+5000
Texas Rangers+8000

The New York Yankees (+275) are not surprisingly checking in at No. 1. And they deserve it.

Giancarlo Stanton is finally healthy, and they still have slugger Aaron Judge. That is clearly the best one-two power punch in baseball. No other squad even comes close.

Fans have expressed concerns about some very early-season struggles. We can't find a way to be actually worried. The pitching staff is going to be fine. Gerritt Cole is still a beast, and it's fair to expect big things from Luis Severino and Corey Kluber. This remains a top-five pitching rotation relative to the rest of the league.

The Chicago White Sox (+425) is a fair option here, too. Their starting pitching staff is on the shakier end compared to other powerhouses, but they continue to deploy a reliable bullpen and the offense is led by 2020 AL MVP Jose Abreu.

Our dark horse pick would be the Minnesota Twins (+850). They are on the younger side and also have to worry about the health of their oldest vet, power hitter Nelson Cruz, but their offense is immeasurably deep. They'll find a way to score runs and win games without him; their ability to get on base even when they're not hammering dingers is going to be huge. Keep an eye on them.

OSB Prediction: Yankees win the AL (+275)

New York Yankees To win the AL

National League Futures Prediction

Here are the latest NL futures betting odds:

You knew this was coming. The reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers(+180) were always going to take the No. 1 National League spot. The benefit of the doubt is given to teams that just picked up a World Series. Beyond that, they've actually found a way to get better.

Seriously: The best team in baseball signed Trevor Bauer over the offseason. That move should've been deemed illegal or something. We're now talking about a Dodgers squad that arguably has both the best pitching staff and offensive lineup in baseball.

Still, we just can't shake the San Diego Padres (+400). They have kept going for it even when the Dodgers looked unbeatable. The combination of Ferando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado at shortstop and third base, respectively, is truly terrifying on both sides of the field. And while L.A. added Bauer, they scooped up Yu Darvish.

Tatis Jr.'s recent injury does leave us a little concerned, but he's 22 years old and it's a long season. We don't envision his shoulder issue ruining San Diego's season.

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Feel free to give consideration to the New York Mets (+650). Their pitching staff still has the potential to be the best around if it can stay healthy—a big question mark.

Our dark horse selection would be the Philadelphia Phillies (+1800). Pretty much everyone has faith in their offense. How could they not be with Bryce Harper in the fold? The top of their pitching rotation, headlined by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, is high-quality as well.

The Phillies' main problem is the back end of its rotation and then, equally problematic, the bullpen. That said, the relievers have pitched well so far. We just need to see whether it's sustainable.

San Diego Padres To win the NL

2021 World Series Prediction

Based on the above MLB futures picks, we're tapping both the Yankees and Padres to make the final extravaganza. Sportsbooks don't tend to offer props on specific World Series matchups before the playoffs, but this is something to keep in mind if you're looking for the high-risk, high-reward play.

Speaking of high-risk: The Yankees are the safer selection here. They have more star power top to bottom. Gary Sanchez is even hinting at a bounce-back year with his onset performance.

And yet, the Padres are it for us.

Adding Darvish to a rotation that includes Blake Snell and Chris Paddack gives them a legitimate crack at challenging the Dodgers' aces on the mound. And their batting order is somehow better. They aren't just deep with talent; they are deep in different skill sets. Power, patience, the capacity to get on base—you name it, their offense has it.

Definitely track Tatis Jr.'s shoulder injury. A lengthy absence does compromise San Diego's season to some extent. But we make no apologies about our World Series pick for now.

San Diego Padres To win the World Series

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