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Go ahead, count them out again.
The 2021 MLB season hasn't even been over for a full day, and we already have World Series odds. Once again, the Giants aren't getting much respect.
PointsBet gives the Giants +1200 odds to win the World Series as of this publishing, meaning that a $100 bet would win you $1200. Let's put that into perspective.
Right now, the Giants are tied for the seventh-best World Series odds next season. They're tied for the third-best odds in the NL but also the third-best in the NL West alone.
To no surprise, the Los Angeles Dodgers are favorites to win it all despite falling to the eventual-champion Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. The Dodgers' odds are at +500.
The San Diego Padres might have been the most disappointing team in baseball this season, and still, their +1100 odds are better than the Giants.
The Milwaukee Brewers, like the Giants, have +1200 odds.
Even after the Giants won a franchise-record and MLB-best 107 games this season, the Dodgers and Padres are both seen as stronger teams on paper heading into 2022. The Giants' NL West foes have young stars like Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and many, many more returning next year. While the Giants locked up Brandon Crawford through the 2023 season in August, they do have plenty of questions.
Logan Webb established himself as a staff ace this season, especially with his dominant performances against the Dodgers in the NLDS. But the rest of the Giants' rotation was built on pitchers who had one-year contracts. The Giants will have to hope they can bring back Kevin Gausman while also dipping their toes in the free-agent market and exploring trade options.
Then there's Buster Posey and Brandon Belt.
Farhan Zaidi has made it clear bringing back Posey is at the top of the Giants' priority list. The same can be said for Belt. Posey will take his time but is more likely to return than Belt. The Giants also saw firsthand how their offense tumbled when Belt broke his thumb.
Those two are far from the Giants' only big decisions this offseason, too.
Yell, shake your head, pound the table -- whatever makes you feel better. The reality is, it shouldn't be a surprise the Dodgers and Padres both have better World Series odds than the Giants. But as the Dodgers, Padres and so many other teams were reminded this season, games aren't won on paper.
Not at all.