2021 World Series odds: Red Sox huge longshots, Dodgers favored to repeat

Dave Green
·2 min read

Red Sox lag far behind in 2021 World Series odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

My, how the mighty have fallen. 

Wednesday is the anniversary of the Red Sox beating the Dodgers to win the 2018 World Series -- and in the ensuing two years, while the Dodgers are now World Series champions, the Red Sox are in the throes of a rebuild after a comically bad 2020 campaign.

How bad has it gotten? Boston's odds to win another World Series have steadily plummeted since that victorious night on the Dodger Stadium turf.

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Early on in the 2018 offseason, the Red Sox were co-favorites to repeat in 2019, with +700 odds. A year later, after the Nationals won the 2019 World Series, Boston was still among the top-five favorites to rebound in 2020, at +1000 odds. Then, following the Mookie Betts trade, the depleted Sox had dropped to +3000 to win this year's World Series once the 2020 schedule was announced.

And looking ahead to 2021, it's looking even more bleak for Sox fans.

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Here are the latest betting lines for the 2021 World Series -- Provided by our partner PointsBet

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: +375

  • New York Yankees: +700

  • San Diego Padres: +750

  • Tampa Bay Rays: +1000

  • Minnesota Twins: +1000

So how far down are the Red Sox? They're +8000 longshots to win the 2021 World Series, the 22nd-best odds in baseball, ahead of only the Orioles, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Marlins, Tigers, Mariners, and Pirates. 

PointsBet has also set the over/under for Boston's winning percentage at .497, the equivalent of 80.5 wins over a 162-game schedule, and has Boston and Toronto tied for the third-best odds to win the AL East at +1200, far behind the Yankees (-223) and the defending AL champion Rays (+240).

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It's no surprise why oddsmakers view the Red Sox this way. With questions surrounding when or if their top two starters -- Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez -- will take the mound in 2021, Boston's chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom still has a lot of work to do to turn the Red Sox back into a legit title contender.