The 2021 World Series is finally here! Baseball fans have long awaited this day -- following an abbreviated 2020, we made it through a 162-game regular season and MLB postseason to get to this point: Game 1 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves.
The MLB futures market has evolved in unique ways over the course of the 2021 season. Going into Opening Day, the Los Angeles Dodgers (+350) and the New York Yankees (+550) were the clear betting favorites. As the season progressed, we saw these two teams struggle for their divisions and ultimately fall short in October. Meanwhile, the Braves and Astros went into the season with far longer odds and have weathered the storm of the regular season by making meaningful acquisitions that have led them to this point with their title hopes still alive and well.
Hindsight is 20/20, so when was the best time to bet on Houston or Atlanta to win it all? Our futures tracking data, part of our exclusive MLB Betting Tools, has synthesized the data from this season to paint a portrait of how both teams' championship futures have transformed over time. Our Betting Tools can assist you in making smart wagers and give you the edge to lay a bet with confidence from Opening Day to the World Series. Whether you're looking at futures odds, player props, Over/Under Totals and game spreads, we're confident our tools are some of the sharpest out there.
Check out how the futures tracking tool works for this year's AL and NL champions with the Commissioner's Trophy in their sights:
MLB Futures | 2021 World Series: Braves vs. Astros
The futures tool synthesizes sportsbook data on 2021 World Series winner odds all the way back to October 2020. The Braves (+125) and Astros (-150) went into Opening Day 2021 with odds in the +1000 and +2000 range, respectively. It's evident that the heavy public action on the Dodgers and Yankees affected the title odds for these two teams well into the spring. Atlanta, in particular, saw their odds dwindle when they lost Ronald Acuna Jr. for the season. As the Mets and Phillies battled for NL East summer supremacy and the Braves faltered (+5000 to win it all in July), the team made pivotal trade deadline moves that dramatically improved the offense and powered the team's run to the division crown and, eventually, the NL pennant. Placing a small wager on the Braves around the deadline could be a potential jackpot now as they stand on the doorstep of a title. Meanwhile, the Astros have sustained their World Series charge throughout the season and have seen their odds steadily lower even more once the public began to notice just how good Dusty Baker's squad has been in 2021. They've always hovered around the top five to win it all, and now, they stand as the -150 favorite to complete the job.
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