As 2021 begins, the boys of summer will begin their tuneup for another MLB season soon. Spring Training officially begins on Saturday, February 27, with each of the 30 Major League Clubs in action for Cactus and Grapefruit League games.
But betting on baseball has already begun and the updated World Series odds from FanDuel Sportsbook provide a look at some of the leading contenders and longshots.
The defending World Series champions LA Dodgers were heavily favored going into last year's playoffs, and Dodger Blue delivered a World Series title.
World Series Odds Features San Diego Padres Rise
The LA Dodgers (+450) are the favorite to repeat as World Champions, but a strong push from their division rival is in place. The San Diego Padres made the playoffs in last year's shortened COVID-19 season and beat the St. Louis Cardinals before getting swept in the NLDS by the Dodgers.
The Padres appear ready to make a bigger impact in the NL West and are moving up the National League and World Series odds board. At +1000, San Diego is a main World Series contender behind the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves (+900) in the National League.
The Padres have made a big splash and bolstered their starting rotation with recent additions to their pitching staff. That's made the Padres a market mover in the latest World Series odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The New York Yankees (+550) are the class of the American League with top talent and plenty of money to spend. But the White Sox (+1000) are surging and there are more contenders in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays (+1600) dropping following the Blake Snell trade. The Houston Astros (+1800), Minnesota Twins (+1800) and Oakland A's (+1900) are team's to watch as the regular season begins April 1.