Detroit Tigers' odds to win 2021 World Series aren't worst in MLB

Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Tigers have 80-1 odds to win the 2021 World Series, tying them for seventh-worst in MLB, according to BetOnline.

Yet the Tigers, finishing last in the American League Central in four of six seasons, aren't at the bottom of the league. In 2020, the Tigers finished 23-35 in the shortened campaign, which was trimmed to 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time since 1988. They're the favorites to repeat at 9-2, followed by New York Yankees (13-2), San Diego Padres (8-1) and Rays (10-1).

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Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro (49) celebrates with designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (24) after hitting a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning Sept. 24, 2020, at Kauffman Stadium.
Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro (49) celebrates with designated hitter Miguel Cabrera (24) after hitting a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning Sept. 24, 2020, at Kauffman Stadium.

Knotted at 80-1 with the San Francisco Giants, Detroit is ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (100-1), Colorado Rockies (125-1), Texas Rangers (125-1), Kansas City Royals (150-1), Seattle Mariners (200-1) and Pittsburgh Pirates (300-1).

Within the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox lead the way with 14-1 and 16-1 odds, respectively. Not far behind are the Cleveland Indians at 20-1 odds, and then the Tigers at 80-1 and Royals at 150-1.

The Tigers haven't made the playoffs since 2014, losing in the ALDS to the Baltimore Orioles in ex-manager Brad Ausmus' first season. The ballclub strung together four consecutive postseason appearances — three of which came under former manager Jim Leyland — from 2011-14.

The last World Series appearance by the Tigers came in 2012, but they lost in a sweep to the Giants. In 2006, they lost in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games.

Here are the odds for MLB's 30 teams to win the 2021 World Series, according to BetOnline:

Los Angeles Dodgers: 9-2

New York Yankees: 13-2

San Diego Padres: 8-1

Tampa Bay Rays: 10-1

Atlanta Braves: 12-1

Minnesota Twins: 14-1

Chicago White Sox: 16-1

Cincinnati Reds: 16-1

Oakland Athletics: 16-1

Cleveland Indians: 20-1

Houston Astros: 22-1

Chicago Cubs: 25-1

New York Mets: 33-1

St. Louis Cardinals: 33-1

Washington Nationals: 33-1

Los Angeles Angels: 40-1

Philadelphia Phillies: 40-1

Boston Red Sox: 50-1

Milwaukee Brewers: 50-1

Toronto Blue Jays: 50-1

Miami Marlins: 60-1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 66-1

Detroit Tigers: 80-1

San Francisco Giants: 80-1

Baltimore Orioles: 100-1

Colorado Rockies: 125-1

Texas Rangers: 125-1

Kansas City Royals: 150-1

Seattle Mariners: 200-1

Pittsburgh Pirates: 300-1

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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