MLB Betting 2021 Season Primer

MLB Bettimg 2021 Primer

Table of Contents: | Futures Markets | Win Totals | World Series | NL MVP Odds | AL MVP Odds | NL CY Young Odds | AL CY Young Odds

The MLB betting season is a grind for teams and bettors, as the season is back to a traditional 162 games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to defend their World Series title but might not even defend their division title with the San Diego Padres competing as one of the best baseball teams.

We have MLB betting broken down from World Series Odds to betting angles you need for a winning MLB season.

Here is the 2021 MLB Betting Season Primer.

Futures Market

Win Totals

Team Win Total
Los Angeles Dodgers 102.5
New York Yankees 95.5
San Diego Padres 94.5
Atlanta Braves 91.5
Chicago White Sox 90.5
New York Mets 90.5
Minnesota Twins 88.5
Houston Astros 87.5
Oakland Athletics 86.5
Toronto Blue Jays 86.5
St. Louis Cardinals 86.5
Tampa Bay Rays 86.5
Washington Nationals 84.5
Los Angeles Angels 83.5
Milwaukee Brewers 82.5
Cincinnati Reds 81.5
Cleveland Indians 81.5
Boston Red Sox 80.5
Philadelphia Phillies 80.5
Chicago Cubs 78.5
San Francisco Giants 75.5
Arizona Diamondbacks 74.5
Kansas City Royals 73.5
Seattle Mariners 72.5
Miami Marlins 71.5
Detroit Tigers 68.5
Texas Rangers 66.5
Baltimore Orioles 64.5
Colorado Rockies 63.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 59.5

The Dodgers come in with the highest win total at 102.5, followed by the Yankees with a total of 95.5 wins. The Padres (94.5), Braves (91.5), White Sox (90.5), and Mets (90.5) round out the top five.

One thing to know with betting win totals is that oddsmakers generally set the win totals slightly higher for some teams. Bettors would rather bet on their team winning more games than the oddsmaker’s expectations, so they know which teams to add additional wins. Temas that get a lot of hype of the offseason will also have slightly inflated win totals.

It’s not a bad thing to bet overs on a team’s win total, but there is always value lurking on an under.

World Series

Team Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers +300
New York Yankees +550
San Diego Padres +800
Atlanta Braves +1000
Chicago White Sox +1000
New York Mets +1100
Toronto Blue Jays +1600
Minnesota Twins +2000
St. Louis Cardinals +2500
Houston Astros +2500
Oakland Athletics +2800
Tampa Bay Rays +2800
Washington Nationals +3000
Boston Red Sox +4000
Los Angeles Angels +4000
Cincinnati Reds +4500
Philadelphia Phillies +4500
Milwaukee Brewers +5000
Cleveland Indians +5000
Chicago Cubs +5500
Miami Marlins +8000
San Francisco Giants +8000
Kansas City Royals +8000
Seattle Mariners +10000
Arizona Diamondbacks +12500
Baltimore Orioles +12500
Detroit Tigers +15000
Texas Rangers +15000
Colorado Rockies +20000
Pittsburgh Pirates +25000

Betting on a World Series Champion has a bit of a different thought process than season win totals. There is always value in looking in the middle of the pack for a strong starting pitcher and defense team.

Betting on the favorites to win the World Series is never the best option. Getting to October is the goal, and the MLB playoffs are always a crapshoot on who advances. Wild Card teams that get hot in September are just as likely to win the World Series as the 100-win team that cruised in as a divisional champion.


Team Odds
Juan Soto +750
Mookie Betts +750
Cody Bellinger +800
Ronald Acuna Jr. +800
Fernando Tatis Jr. +850
Nolan Arenado +1200
Freddie Freeman +1200
Francisco Lindor +1200
Christian Yelich +1200
Bryce Harper +1500
Corey Seager +1500
Manny Machado +2200
Trevor Story +2500
Ozzie Albies +3000
Kris Bryant +3000
Ketel Marte +3000
J.T. Realmuto +3000
Javier Baez +3300
Paul Goldschmidt +3300
Michael Conforto +4000
Rhys Hoskins +4000
Max Muncy +4000
Ian Happ +4000
Joc Pederson +4000
Paul DeJong +5000
Eugenio Suarez +5000
Jeff McNeil +5000
Charlie Blackmon +5000

There is stiff competition in the NL MVP race. Soto is the best player in baseball right now and at +750 odds, a sprinkle could get you a nice payday in October.



Team Odds
Mike Trout +225
Alex Bregman +1200
Aaron Judge +1200
Jose Ramirez +1200
Matt Chapman +1500
Anthony Rendon +1500
Shohei Ohtani +2000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +2500
Yoan Moncada +2500
Luis Robert +2500
Gleyber Torres +2500
Tim Anderson +2500
Jose Abreu +2500
Rafael Devers +3000
Yasmani Grandal +3000
Bo Bichette +3300
Xander Bogarts +3300
D.J. LeMahieu +3300
George Springer +3300
Carlos Correa +4000
Yordan Alvarez +4000
Giancarlo Stanton +4000
Kyle Tucker +4000
Matt Olson +4000
Jose Altuve +4000
Austin Meadows +5000
Randy Arozarena +5000
Kyle Lewis +5000

The process of finding an AL and NL MVP is the same. Since 2010, 20 of the 22 MVPs finished in the top three in WAR. Also, MVP winners have predominately been outfielders, third baseman, and first baseman since the century. Finding value in a player matching these criteria is vital to hit on a future.

NL Cy Young Odds

Team Odds
Jacob deGrom +400
Trevor Bauer +600
Max Scherzer +700
Walker Buehler +900
Yu Darvish +1000
Aaron Nola +1200
Blake Snell +1200
Jack Flaherty +1500
Luis Castillo +1500
Clayton Kershaw +1500
Max Fried +1600
Stephen Strasburg +2000
Brandon Woodruff +2500
Charlie Morton +2500
Mike Soroka +2500
Dinelson Lamet +3000
Patrick Corbin +3000
Ian Anderson +4000
Nate Pearson +4000
Noah Syndergaard +4000
Carlos Carrasco +4500
Joe Musgrove +4500
German Marquez +5000
Josh Hader +5000

AL Cy Young Odds

Team Odds
Gerrit Cole +400
Shane Bieber +425
Lucas Giolito +550
Tyler Glasnow +1200
Hyun Jin-Ryu +1300
Jose Berrios +1600
Corey Kluber +1600
Chris Sale +2000
Kenta Maeda +2200
Lance Lynn +2200
Framber Valdez +3000
Jesus Luzardo +3000
Luis Severino +3000
Marco Gonzales +3000
Dallas Keuchel +3500
Zack Greinke +3500
Andrew Heaney +4000
Eduardo Rodriguez +4000
Nate Pearson +4000
Dylan Bundy +4500
Frankie Montas +4500
Chris Bassitt +5000
Dylan Cease +5000

In the MLB betting world, like MVP, finding a CY Young winner towards the top of the league in WAR will be key to hitting a future. Cy Young winners also have been high in strikeouts and have a low ERA, WHIP, and give their team a chance to win in every outing.