Red Sox World Series Odds are Disrespectful Despite Owning First Place in AL East

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Boston Red Sox World Series odds are disrespectful despite this team owning sole possession of first place in the AL East standings.
The Boston Red Sox World Series odds are disrespectful despite this team owning sole possession of first place in the AL East standings. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It's been just less than one month, but the Boston Red Sox once again own sole possession of first place in the American League East division standings. Boston sits 0.5 games up on the Tampa Bay Rays and has even more breathing room (5.5 games) on the third-place New York Yankees.

Despite their position in the division standings, the oddsmakers are still showing some serious disrespect to the Red Sox. Currently, Boston owns just +2000 odds to win the 2021 World Series, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Red Sox World Series Odds

There haven't been many stretches of bad baseball for the Red Sox, who owned first place in the AL East from Thursday, April 8 to Sunday, May 23. Currently, Boston is 43-28 overall, but nobody could retain the blistering hot month of May that the Rays enjoyed. Tampa Bay went 22-6 in May before overtaking the division lead during the final week of the season.

Tampa Bay just lost their fifth straight game on Saturday to help finish the switch-up in the standings. Regardless of the records, both the Rays (+1400) and third-place Yankees (+1300) own better World Series odds than Boston.

The only real area of concern for Boston is the pitching staff. Boston ranks just middle of the pack (16th) in the league with their staff's 4.21 ERA. On the other hand, this continues to be one of the best offenses in baseball - ranking third in the MLB with 359 runs scored in 71 games. Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers are enjoying MVP-caliber seasons.

Boegarts, the two-time All-Star shortstop, is slashing .320/.383/.559 with an AL-leading 20 doubles along with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. Martinez owns a slash line of .307/.367/.547 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs. For Devers, in his fifth MLB season, he's slashing .278/.343/.565 and also owns 20 doubles along with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs.

The Red Sox have 16 more games against the Rays in the final 3.5 months of the 2021 MLB season. There's still plenty of time for Boston to prove the oddsmakers wrong in this division race.

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