MLB playoff picture: Odds to win World Series, AL East 2021

With the 2021 postseason around the corner, the MLB playoff picture is starting to take shape. Which team has the best odds to win this year’s World Series?
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As MLB’s 2021 regular season winds down, teams are racing for their playoff spots.

The Baltimore Orioles did not have the season they hoped for. They sit in last place in the AL East -- a whopping 41.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays -- with a record of 40-89. And while the O’s will not be making a playoff run this year, it will be interesting to see how the American League standings shake out over the last month of regular season play.

Let’s take a look at which teams are projected to be successful throughout the remainder of the 2021 MLB season:

Who has the best odds to win the 2021 World Series?

The reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers remain the favorite to defend their title in 2021. They are currently 82-49, but sit 2.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Giants also are favored to make a run for a championship ring this year.


Here are the current odds for the 2021 World Series champions, presented by PointsBet:

Los Angeles Dodgers +300

Houston Astros +450

Chicago White Sox +650

Milwaukee Brewers +800

New York Yankees +900

San Francisco Giants +900

Tampa Bay Rays +900

Atlanta Braves +1300

Boston Red Sox +2000

Cincinnati Reds +4000

Oakland Athletics +5000

San Diego Padres +5000

Toronto Blue Jays +6600

Philadelphia Phillies +8000

New York Mets +10000

St. Louis Cardinals +10000


Seattle Mariners +15000

Los Angeles Angels +20000

Cleveland Indians +30000

Arizona Diamondbacks +100000

Baltimore Orioles +100000

Chicago Cubs +100000

Colorado Rockies +100000

Detroit Tigers +100000

Kansas City Royals +100000

Miami Marlins +100000

Minnesota Twins +100000

Pittsburgh Pirates +100000

Texas Rangers +100000

Washington Nationals +100000

Which team is favored to win the American League in 2021?

The Astros are favored to take the American League pennant this season with +220 odds. Not far behind Houston sits the White Sox (+300), Rays (+375) and Yankees (+380). The Astros, White Sox and Rays each have commanding leads in their divisions, while the Yankees are 6.0 games behind Tampa Bay.

Here’s a look at the rest of the favorites to take the American League title in 2021, provided by PointsBet:

Houston Astros +220

Chicago White Sox +300


Tampa Bay Rays +375

New York Yankees +380

Boston Red Sox +1000

Oakland Athletics +2500

Toronto Blue Jays +3000

Seattle Mariners +6600

Los Angeles Angels +15000

Cleveland Indians +25000

Detroit Tigers +30000

Baltimore Orioles +50000

Kansas City Royals +50000

Minnesota Twins +50000

Texas Rangers +50000

Who is the current favorite to be the AL East winner?

Here are the latest odds for the winner of the AL East in 2021, presented by PointsBet:

Tampa Bay Rays -400

New York Yankees +300

Boston Red Sox +1600

Toronto Blue Jays +12500

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