Dodgers largest ever LCS favorites not to have home advantage, latest 2021 MLB World Series odds

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Phil Agius

MLB· 1 month ago

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Four teams remain in the hunt to be the 2021 World Series champions and the Dodgers’ come-from-behind series win over the Giants has shaken up the betting odds.

Los Angeles was available at +500 to win the World Series after going 2-1 behind to San Francisco in the NLDS, but is now a red-hot favorite to beat the Braves and secure a place in the Fall Classic.

In fact, the Dodgers have the shortest odds to progress of any LCS team in history that did not have home-field advantage. SportOddsHistory.com reported that the previous mark belonged to the 1986 Mets, who were -175 against the Astros, and yet the Dodgers are priced at -225 with FanDuel to beat the Braves in their best-of-7 series and -220 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

2021 MLB World Series odds

The Astros had been World Series favorites at as low as +170 when the Dodgers were on the brink of elimination, but with the final four now set, the Dodgers lead the way at +130 with FanDuel, which has the Astros at +220, the Red Sox at +450 and the Braves as outsiders at +550.

The American League championship is seen as a much closer battle by the oddsmakers, with the Astros at -150 and Red Sox at +125 to progress with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Odds are also available on which teams will contest the World Series. Astros vs Dodgers is +140 to be the WS matchup with DraftKings, which has Red Sox vs Dodgers at +225, Astros vs Braves at +380 and Red Sox vs Braves at +550.

You can also bet on the outcome of the World Series with FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Dodgers to beat the Astros at +310, Dodgers over Red Sox at +410, Astros over Dodgers at +430, Astros over Braves at +650 and Red Sox over Dodgers at +750 as the leading options.

2021 MLB World Series MVP odds

The World Series MVP race is wide open with Max Scherzer, used as a closer by the Dodgers on Thursday night to earn his first career save, FanDuel’s joint-favorite at +1300 with teammate Mookie Betts. Another Dodger, SS Corey Seager, is at +1500 with pitcher Walker Buehler (+1600), Will Smith (+1800) and Justin Turner (+2100) making it 6 Dodgers at the top of the odds before we get to Houston’s Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker, all at +2400.

With both #1 seeds (Rays and Giants) and one of the #2 seeds (Brewers) departing in the divisional series, be prepared for more surprises!

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