MLB 2021 Season Tips - Who will win the World Series?
- The 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) season starts on April 1
- MLB defending champions are the LA Dodgers
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MLB 2021 Season Betting Tips
Despite COVID-19s best efforts which means as of yet no paying customers through the turnstiles, the 2021 Major League Baseball season begins on April 1. The good news for baseball fans is MLB teams will each play the full 162 regular season games, as opposed to the 60 that were played in 2020.
Major League Baseball – known simply as MLB and “America’s Pastime” is that ageless slice of Americana that fans from Australia to Azerbaijan find addictive. While the uniforms and equipment has barely changed since the days of Babe Ruth and the Yankees’ “Murderers Row”, today’s players are super-athletes that earn as much as Messi, Cristiano, LeBron and Canelo.
Before the pandemic, 70 million people a season would buy tickets to watch MLB games live. Now, TV revenue is sustaining leagues like the MLB, and across the sporting world, while attendances are down or non-existent, viewing figures are up, because we fans of sports and sports betting are passionate about the sports we follow.
In 2020, behind closed doors and with a substantially reduced schedule, one of the great names from the past – the LA Dodgers rolled back the years and won the MLB World Series for the first time since 1988. Can they do it again in 2021? And who from the American League would play them in the finals?
- LA Dodgers reigning World Series winners
- LA Dodgers bookies favourites to retain World Series
- NY Yankees 27-time World Series winners (record)
- NY Yankees bookies 2nd favourites to win World Series
National League Winners – Los Angeles Dodgers
Never mind the National League, the LA Dodgers have been arguably the best and certainly the most consistent team in MLB for the last 5 years, with three World Series finals appearances in the past four seasons. They have won their own West Division eight-straight seasons since 2013. The Dodgers won the National League Pennant in 2017, 2018 and 2020. They lost World Series finals to the Houston Astros in 2017 by 4-3, and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 by 4-1, before triumphing against the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in 2020.
Manager Dave Roberts has been backed to the hilt by Andrew Friedman and the owners of the LA Dodgers, and they have built a team designed to dominate baseball for years. The Dodgers have just made Trevor Bauer the highest paid player in MLB history, earning $40 million in 2021, rising to $45 million in 2022.
The Dodgers have also proved they can win trophies over the standard 162-game season, and also over last season’s COVID-19-induced shortened calender of just 60 games. This is significant because it proves the Dodgers are highly motivated to win games, and don’t need the luxury of a long drawn out season where a team can go AWOL for ten games and still reach the post-season playoffs.
American League Winners – New York Yankees
There is a buzz about this New York Yankees team which is both encouraging and concerning. Many experts are expecting the Yankees to cruise to their first AL Pennant since 2009, which is piling pressure on the team before a game has been played. However, this is the Yankees we are talking about, 27-time World Series winners, the biggest, richest and most successful team in world sport.
In 2020 the Yankees finished second to Tampa in the American League East Division, and were then beaten by them in the post-season quarterfinals – the AL Division Series – 3-2.
Since then they have signed five new players including starting pitchers James Tallion and Corey Kluber plus right-handed pitcher Darren O'Day and left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson. These signings are significant as while the Yankees are offensively strong with an abundance of great hitters, they were seen as somewhat light when it came to quality pitchers. Not anymore!
MLB 2021 Season FAQ
When is the MLB 2021 season starting?
The MLB 2021 season begins on April 1.
Where can I watch MLB games live streamed?
Our live streaming calendar shows you where you can watch MLB 2021 season games live streamed.
As previously mentioned, this Dodgers team has been purposefully put together – at great expense – not just to perform for one season, but to dominate baseball for years. This could well become the era of the Dodgers, with multiple World Series wins during this decade.
The Yankees haven't won a World Series since 2009. They will surely win again, they are the Yankees, but they wont lift the trophy in 2021. The Los Angeles Dodgers will.
Best Bet: LA Dodgers World Series Winner $4.5 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit
Best Bet: NY Yankees American League Winner $3.5 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
Best Bet: LA Dodgers National League Winner $2.7 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit