The 2021 MLB season is only a little over a month old, but the World Series betting odds are on the move. The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t doing so hot lately, yet they still remain the odds-on favorites to win the championship. But it's the Los Angeles Angels bettors are banking on. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest World Series odds shifts and liabilities from BetMGM.
The Dodgers opened this season with +350 odds to win the World Series. Those odds have shifted to be a little shorter at +325 and they’re still the leaders in the category. The Dodgers aren't the leaders in the NL West, though, as they find themselves in second place with a 17-12 record.
The San Diego Padres also had an odds shift in a positive direction, opening at +900 and now are at +800.
But the Angels had the most noticeable shift. The Los Angeles odds shortened considerably from +4000 to +2500.
The Angels are also the biggest liability. They rank second-to-last in the AL West standings, ahead of only the Texas Rangers. Los Angeles also currently holds a 13-13 record, which I would consider unlucky, but maybe they will improve that against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
And Los Angeles pitcher Shohei Ohtani was scratched from his start Monday night, so how that will affect the odds going forward is something to keep an eye on.
The Dodgers are the next biggest liability, followed by the San Diego Padres. The Padres are in third place in the NL West standings with a 16-13 record. They aren’t quite struggling, as they won six of their last nine games and are three games over .500, but they did lose 7-1 to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. It doesn’t feel like they’ll be hitting panic mode anytime soon, though.
Yes, the MLB season is still young, but I’m obsessed with World Series odds shifts and how much confidence there is in these teams. With a lot of season still left to play, the Dodgers either maintaining their spot at the top of these odds or slipping behind another team will be something to watch.
Lucy is a sports betting content producer with Radio.com and BetQL. She has worked with WEEI and Audacy as a writer, radio producer and podcaster. Lucy lives in Boston and loves Tom Brady and prop bets. Follow Lucy on Twitter at @LucilleBurdge.